Internal Strength Factors of a Rugby Team

Rugby Team

The position of each player from the full-back to hooker is important for a team to perform and win in every match. Each player gets to handle the ball for a specific time during the playing time. He has to protect the specific positions like the half-back, apart from clearing the path to the player. Similarly, there are fourteen other players in the team who perform specific tasks. In his blog, let’s see how every position performs his tasks. My article is for those who have absolutely no idea about sports.

Rugby Positions

Left and Right Wing

The players have their tasks cut out. They have to pass the ball to the centers through the half-back players. They can attack or defend, depending on the ball position on the field. They should be agile, alert, and ready to move at a rapid pace until they reach the other side of the field to the goal post.

Played often played in the high school rugby as a left wing player. The most difficult part for me was to receive the pass. In the beginning, I used to drop the ball after receiving, because the impact was so hard on my hands. My coach might have observed it many times. He called me and asked what was wrong with me. I was too scared to speak anything. I guess he might have observed my lean physique and got the answer.

Change in Nutrition and Workout

There was a change in my nutrition right from that day. He changed it to more of fish, meat, and cereals. He added more milk products to my diet plan and made me drink plenty of fluids and water. My workout routines also changed a lot. He asked me to work more on the treadmill and the elliptical trainer, rather than going out for walking and jogging. I could experience the results within a span of four to five months.

Change in Technique

I gained body to a considerable extent. He, however, ensured I don’t grow the fat and become overweight. Then he introduced me to the technique which he called the bull-run. It is holding the ball on the left or right hand and run across the field to the opponent. He would often instruct me to change direction while running. It was almost like leaning to the left or right. He called it dynamic change in technique. He made all my team members practice the same technique in different permutation and combinations. He used only the existing techniques but made use of them intelligently.

Similarly, he had many diet plans and playing techniques for each player in specific positions. I have often compared the diet plans of each player with the other.  Though many of the ingredients remained the same, the making methods and the recipe names were entirely different. I guess that contributed mainly to the improvement in our performance and playing techniques.


In my next postings, I will let you know all the secrets of recipe and workout methods for each player in the specific position. Keep reading and enjoying.

Rugby Coaching for Better Player Performance

Rugby Coach

Why does every Rugby coach strive to develop better communication with the players during training? Will he ever be able to understand what every player is thinking? Will he be able to align the thinking and actions of all players on the same plane? How does he motivate the players to perform at their best? How does he bring about team coordination at every stage of the match?

These are some of the questions that may run through the mind of every newbie who joins the rugby training programs. The answer is simple. The coach thinks like every individual player and as a whole team.

How Rugby Coaches Work

 An expert rugby coach is also a psychology expert. He can analyze the body language, gestures, and facial expressions of every player scientifically. He often conducts personal team interaction of the players. There, he can observe the behavior and social interaction of each player. He can accurately judge the players’ attitudes, behavioral patterns, positive points and also the negative factors.


His first task is to correct all the negative points of the players and bring them to zero. Of course, it is a tough task and takes time. Hence, his first task is to win the trust of the players. Once he achieves this point, the rest of procedures will be simple and fast.

He makes the players realize their limitations and mistakes using his soft skills. Then he suggests the corrective measures. Every player who is interested in growing will naturally listen, understand, and implement the procedures.


The next stage of psychological training is the identification of positive points every player. For example, a player could be highly efficient in scoring points through big hitting. The other could be efficient in bowling. The coach helps to sustain the players’ unique skills through focused training. It is one way of turning amateurs into professionals within a short time. 


Improvement in player performance can happen only when they are physically fit and healthy. So, the coach appoints a physical and athletic trainer for achieving the goals of lean and strong muscles. He may also take up the task of improving the accuracy and agility of movement across the field.

Eye Focus

Training the players to sharpen eye focus and rapid eye movement is a critical factor, which can make a better rugby player. It can also reduce the probability of injuries during the matches. Players make fewer errors while running, chasing, bowling, and fielding. They can track the ball movement accurately at any heights. They can also adjust their eyes to the bright lights during the night rugby matches.


There can be many other aspects of Rugby training, which an experienced coach will know. In my next articles, I shall focus on the detailed description of the training procedures at each level. You will be able to understand how a trainee matures into a professional rugby player during his training. Keep reading my blogs and enjoy your experience.