Effective Play and Controlling the Game

Rugby by its very nature is a contact sport, and with high impact collisions, there is always a risk of injury. It is essential to stress the point that players should be properly coached to play safe rugby, and this is especially important when teaching the correct execution in contact situations.

Even more important is to highlight the fact that Safe rugby is also Smart and Winning rugby. What this essentially means is that if you train and coach your players to approach contact situations in a safe manner, you will also be aiding your players to perform these tasks more effectively in the game.

By performing these tasks more effectively, you ultimately improve individual player performance and indirectly boost overall team performance. From a technical perspective, this section predominantly focuses on the tackle, ball carries, and scrum components of play, as they are most renowned for incurring serious and/or catastrophic injuries in rugby union.

This section also brings in the referee’s role in keeping players safe on the field during all aspects of play, and ensuring a fair and safe contest at all times.

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General Contact Safety Principles Infographic

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Referee Game Preparation Management Infographic

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Safe Rugby Techniques Practical guidelines

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