Players that play multiple positions are called "utility players". The scrum (a contest used to restart play) must consist of eight players from each team: the "front row" (two props, a loosehead and tighthead, and a hooker), the "second row" (two locks), and a "back row" (two flankers, and a number 8). The players outside the scrum are called. Second-row forward. Second-row forwards are numbered 11 and While their responsibilities are similar in many ways to the props, these players typically possess more speed and agility and take up a wider position in attack and defence. Often each second rower will cover a specific side of the field, working in unison with their respective.
Archived from the original on 27 October In some competitions, such as Super League , players receive a squad number to use all season, no matter what positions they play in. Early in a rugby career many of the positions have very similar requirements. The second row of the scrum. Courier Mail. ABC News.
BBC Press office. Age, physical characteristics and grade may affect your choice of position. Older players starting off may have more choice. Ask John. Their primary function is to finish off moves and score tries.
Namespaces Article Talk. You will progress rapidly in any position if you treat evasion as a basic skill. They need to be aggressive tacklers to knock their opponent down and seize the ball and be good at organising the defensive lines. However, flankers can usually play number eight  and sometimes the blindside may be used as a lock. It's a good idea to know the role of all player positions so you cope well during the chaos of play. The Daily Telegraph. Backs move the ball to search out or create weaknesses in defence.