Rugby Basics: The Core Skills

Like any other sport, there are certain skills you must possess and hone to become a better player. It’s not enough to be good; you have to aim to be the best you can be. Here are the core skills you need to learn to be a pro Rugby player:

Ball handling

From how to grip the ball properly, to passing and catching the ball, mastering these basics can make all the difference. Practice a firm two-handed or one-handed grip on the rugby ball and do some drills for catching and passing. Whatever position you’re in, you have to be adept in these basic skills.

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Running

You have to be fast but you also have to know when to slow down. Proper control and balance is a must for a rugby player. Focus on the key running skills like acceleration, deceleration, and changing directions.

Tackling

A player should know a variety of ways to tackle their opponent by practicing the techniques in different situations. This is highly important and each player should be competent even in one-on-one scenarios.

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 25: Willie le Roux of South Africa tackled by Charles Piutau of New Zealand during The Castle Lager Rugby Championship 2015 match between South Africa and New Zealand at Emirates Airline Park on July 25, 2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)
               Image source: skysports.com

Decision-making

Practice games and actual games are vastly different so it’s a good idea to train decision-making skills as well. Being able to make decisions while under pressure can be crucial to the results of the game.

Hello! I am Jack Bonner and I love playing Rugby. Follow this Twitter account to know more about the sport and other tips and tricks to play the game.

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