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Positions - how do you decide?

Posted: Tue May 03, 2022 7:51 pm
by paddybrown
Question from a relative newbie for anyone who's ever coached rugby.

I know that tighthead prop and loosehead prop are different positions, players specialise as one or the other, and it's very rare these days for one player to play both positons. I know that, because of the way the scrum is set up, the pressures are different and you need to train differently because of that. But how do you decide which position a player is better suited for? Are there particular attributes or aptitudes that make you think "this guy's definitely a loosehead" or "this guy's definitely a tighthead"? Or is it more to do with what the team needs - "this guy would make a good prop, but we've got plenty of good tightheads, so we'll train him to be a loosehead"?

Re: Positions - how do you decide?

Posted: Tue May 03, 2022 8:18 pm
by Dave
I've couched if that's any good. I'll probably be couched for the rest of the evening.

Re: Positions - how do you decide?

Posted: Wed May 04, 2022 10:12 am
by big mervyn
I'm not very informed sure about the intricacies of proping but most positions in rugby are determined by a PE teacher when you're eleven.

Re: Positions - how do you decide?

Posted: Wed May 04, 2022 11:57 am
by Dave
big mervyn wrote:I'm not very informed sure about the intricacies of proping but most positions in rugby are determined by a PE teacher when you're eleven.
That and your life long nickname.

Re: Positions - how do you decide?

Posted: Wed May 04, 2022 8:09 pm
by jean valjean
When I saw the thread title I immediately thought it was going to have some salacious gossip. How disappointing.

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Re: Positions - how do you decide?

Posted: Sat May 14, 2022 6:32 am
by rumncoke
It depends on which side of the body is strongest which arm and which leg .

Whether you left or right handed --some people very few the difference in strength is little and they can play either side .

Re: Positions - how do you decide?

Posted: Sat May 14, 2022 12:23 pm
by Bobbievee
rumncoke wrote: Sat May 14, 2022 6:32 am It depends on which side of the body is strongest which arm and which leg .

Whether you left or right handed --some people very few the difference in strength is little and they can play either side .
is this a new word game?

" ...........for some people ( very few), the difference in comparative strength is small, and they can therefore play either side"

a bit like the Alliance Party?? :stir: :stir:

Re: Positions - how do you decide?

Posted: Sat May 14, 2022 12:37 pm
by big mervyn
Right handed/footed wingers are certainly better suited to the left wing and vice versa. Easier to kick to touch and easier to take a pass coming from right to left. That was my experience anyway.

Re: Positions - how do you decide?

Posted: Sun May 15, 2022 10:55 am
by jean valjean
The modern game prefers a left footed player on the left wing. They have more time to kick long as they take the ball from the right and don't have to step back infield to clear, risking charge downs. Lowe and stockdale the 2 best in Ireland at this.

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