Flanker (rugby union)

Her crown sticks in her head and keeps her awake. I'm not entirely sure how good their scrum is, or really how to determine that since I'm not totally familiar with the game, which I'm working on- I promise! You stop breaks with the ball around the end of the line and make things as difficult as possible for the opposition backs to function well together. Want to add to the discussion?

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Tips on Flanker Position? I decided to join a rugby club in America, and I am fairly new to the game. Actually I'm super new to the game. I was a winger but the coach thinks I hit well and moved me to flanker.

I'm about 5'10 Ibs but quick to some extent so I'm guessing I will be open side. Any tips from vets? Learn how to win turnovers. Having a flanker on your team that understands the importance of being quick to the breakdown is invaluable.

Break as quickly as possible from the scrum to harass the oppositions ball carriers. Enjoy yourself, and don't be afraid of anyone. Even the pound monsters can be taken down with a low, well timed tackle! I have been making so many of these mistakes because no one ever explained them fully, thank you so much for this vid! Be fit, the flankers run much more than the wingers and despite being a back row, scrums still take some energy out of you, so get your cardio up.

Once you commit to this you'll quickly realise how even more awesome this game is I made the same transition years ago, never went back! A general advice for forwards in defence: Learn how to cheat.

All the flankers do it but what defines greatness is how well you can. Other than that make sure you can tackle and are fit enough to get round the park. Tackle smart, and keep your eyes up if your losing in a scrum to watch for the pick up save your wingers ass. I went from winger to flanker also, much more enjoyable position I found.

You'll need to be the fittest of the forwards, as you're expected to be the first player to everything, tackling, stealing the ball, scrums, rucks, you name it you have to be there.

Think Adam Sandler's character in The Waterboy. Some advice my coach gave me as a flanker was "off the scrum, if you can see the fly-half, sprint straight for him and scare the living shit out of him, if you're on the other side for christ sake don't get beat to the outside.

All I've done as a first year flanker turned 8 man I simply learned to out of a scrum run towards the fly half and either knock him over or knock him back whether he has the ball or not. Stay out of the rucks if possible and get the ball in your hands.

The backrow are all fairly similar roles, with subtle differences. Openside flanker is generally the fittest player in the forwards and requires a great deal of defensive work and physicality at the breakdown.

Pilfering turning over the ball at the ruck or maul is usually a prerequisite for the number 7 position. As for the number 8 position, players are usually physically stronger and perhaps have a more intimidating presence than the openside flanker position. Hit the rucks hard, tackle with aggression and when you receive the ball, run as if you're being chased by a tiger and never go into contact halfheartedly.

Openside flanker is the fittest player on the field, but also must be a physical force. They make the most tackles and attempt to disrupt the breakdown and turn the ball over.

Training for both should involve a base of aerobic fitness coupled by lots of sprints training and power exercises in the gym. How good is your scrum? If you're confident in their ability to shove well, you want to practice dribbling the ball with your feet as a number 8. I'm not entirely sure how good their scrum is, or really how to determine that since I'm not totally familiar with the game, which I'm working on- I promise!

We are ranked in the top 16 national college teams, but I'm not sure exactly how each of our pieces work on their own, I'll ask the girls and try to find out! Just to give you some perspective on how it can be judged and why it matters, if your pack is able to consistently drive the other team back, you can make serious distance up the field and closer to the try line in absolute safety. There is no legal way for the opposing team to take the ball away from you if it remains under your control in the scrum.

As the number 8, it's your responsibility to keep the ball in the scrum, because if it goes behind through your feet or if you pick it up the scrum is over, you can be tackled if you have the ball and the forwards are free to leave the scrum and rejoin normal play. If you can dribble the ball along the ground and keep the scrum intact, you gain territory, keep their forwards tied up and dictate when open play starts again, giving you the impetus when pushing for the try line or ferrying it out to the backs, usually via the number 9.

A strong scrum is a huge asset. It's like a Roman formation marching forward. But it takes skill yours! On the flip side, if the other side is pushing you around at the scrum you'll want to whip it out as quickly as possible so your fast runners can find the gaps while their forwards are tied up. The best way I've heard it described is that the number 8 can be the most fun position when your scrum is going forward to glory. But can be quite a harrowing experience when your scrum is going backwards.

If you're playing No. If your scrum starts going backwards, you can brace yourself in that position to stop it. As for general fitness- forward's fitness is anerobic so rather than going on long steady jogs, train in bursts. The best way to do it is to find a steep hill and train by sprinting up it and then jogging back down.

It's really hard work but nothing compared to how tired you'll feel sprinting away from rucks for 80 minutes. The job of "loose forwards" as flankers and number 8s are known, is pretty much to follow the ball around the field and hit every ruck and maul.

If your team has the ball, your job is to get there and support the ball carrier by taking an offload, or securing the ball if she goes to ground by cleaning out the opposing players off the ball. If your on defence you should be tackling anyone who touches the ball, or failing that, trying to steal or "pilfer" the ball from the opposing players once a ruck or maul is formed. Therein lies the fine art of loose forward play: Richie Mccaw All Blacks captain and a god amongst men is a master of this art.

The main thing you want to concentrate on is your work rate. That will get you in the good books with coaches, spectators and your team mates. Like the others have been saying, this requires a high level of fitness, but more importantly it requires determination and some real doggedness to make as many tackles as possible, hit as many rucks as possible, and generally make life as difficult as possible for the opposition.


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