This page contains links to instructional resources like You Tube videos to help you gain an appreciation for the finer points of rugby by observing how the professionals play the game. Youth non-contact rugby in Arizona uses International Touch Rugby rules as its base but adds in rugby related elements like the scrum and the lineout to help the younger players develop skills and an understanding of the full contact tackle game of rugby union.
A basic overview of rugby: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOJejnPI0p0
Lots of great training modules on this site, all free! Test yourself with a Law exam, learn the what Rugby Ready means, get the basics on First Aid and concussion management, and a whole lot more. The Beginners Guide to Rugby has a pdf to download and a short quiz to check your understanding of the game.
Beginners Guide to Rugby Union: http://passport.worldrugby.org/index.php?page=beginners&language=en
Law Exam: http://laws.worldrugby.org/index.php
Rugby Ready: http://rugbyready.worldrugby.org/?language=en
Safe Tackling Techniques
Here are a few short clips (1-3 min) on how to make a safe tackle – head to the side (cheek to cheek), aim for the bellybutton with your shoulder, wrap the arms around the legs, fall down with the runner, try to land on top of the runner.
Equally important is how to take a tackle. Do not stick your arms out to brace your fall with your hands, you might hurt your wrists or forearms. Keep your arms tucked in and roll your body down to the ground.
8 forwards (the scrum), one scrumhalf, 6 backs. Roles and jersey numbers are as follows.
Scrum Front row: Tight head prop (1), hooker (2), loose head prop (3)
Scrum 2nd row: Lock (4), Lock (5)
Scrum Back row: Openside flanker (7), Number Eight (8), Blindside Flanker (6)
Backs: Flyhalf (10), Left wing (11), Inside center (12), Outside center (13), Right wing (14), Fullback (15).
A good base attacking structure for a 15s team is to use forwards in two pods of 3 players to break the gain line, draw in defenders, and then create space out wide for our speedy outside backs to get 2 on 1 overlaps against isolated defenders.
This 5 min video gives an overview of this 1-3-3-1 attacking structure: Overview of the basic 1-3-3-1 attacking shape
Match Highlights - Fifteens Rugby
Highlights of the 2019 World Cup Final, South Africa v England: https://youtu.be/Fr26b5D2rj8
Highlights of the 2019 World Cup Bronze Final, New Zealand v Wales: https://youtu.be/vR5ND006iBU
Highlights of the 2019 World Cup Semi-Final England v New Zealand: https://youtu.be/QXokTpJGduw
2015 World Cup Final, New Zealand v Australia (full match): https://youtu.be/RxnNrwvCLyM
Highlights of one of the greatest games of 15s rugby ever played, the 2000 Bledisloe Cup between Australia and New Zealand: https://youtu.be/YALDB3wNIws
World Rugby You Tube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/irb
This is a good general site with lots of clips of rugby action.
For videos on 7s rugby, go to World Rugby website and click on the HSBC Series link:
Or get on Youtube and search for Perry Baker, Danny Barrett or Carlin Isles, 3 of our current great Eagles 7s players.
International Touch Rugby
There are videos on You Tube of international touch rugby:
Note here how quickly the ball is played after the tag and the scrum half is right there ready to pick up the ball and keep going, and the support players are already running forward ready to receive the ball.
The Touch New Zealand You Tube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/touchnewzealand
Catch up on all of the International rugby teams and current news.
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