A question for those who really play rugby union

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    Feb 10, 2010 6:13 AM GMT
    Just started training two months ago with a local club, and curious about some questions. Certainly this is not a sport for the faint-hearted, but it seems to be physically demanding in different ways for players in different positions. My questions are:
    1. In your opinion, which position takes the greatest amount of punishment [hits, crunches, etc.] during a regular match?
    2. Which position takes the least?
    3. Which position is most liable to suffer injuries that cause absences from future matches?
    4. Do you think the answers to the questions above may be different for pro rugby than for amateur rugby?
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    Feb 10, 2010 1:52 PM GMT
    I played club and military rugby for seven years, loved every second of it, had to quit when I couldn't play as well as I wanted to. Just a couple of notes:

    1. Injuries in non-pro rugby normally result from in-experienced players. For example, a new guy playing prop going into a scrum; if he isn't clear on how to enter the scrum, he can cause an injury to himself as well as his opposing prop, the second row behind him and maybe the entire scrum.

    2. If you are on a good team, where everyone knows their techniques and practices regularly,and play in a league with the same sort of teams, you should be ok. But if you play on a team that doesn't practice well you run the risk of more injuries.

    3. Most injuries. Good question, the most I saw were from the backs, they have some more spectacular collisions, but overall, if the game is well played collisions are limited. You always run the risk of twisted ankles and knee damage because they are planting and running. Believe it or not, I don't recall many injuries from the forwards.

    If you are inexperienced and plan on starting, find a team that practices regularly, runs good game situational drills (scrums, rucks, mauls, line outs, back passing drills, etc).
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    Feb 10, 2010 1:57 PM GMT
    Theirs some great advice their.

    Although I think your attitude is slightly wrong, Rugby is in nature more "physica" then Football.

    Alot as said is to do with quality of training.
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    Feb 12, 2010 6:09 PM GMT
    If you have your tackling form down, are in good muscular and cardiovascular shape, and retain your flexibility you greatly reduce your chance of injury. Most of the time people get hurt in rugby when they use improper form, dont know what they're doing, or get tired and loose focus.

    Injuries are inevitable in rugby, but if you take the proper actions you greatly reduce your chances for injury.

    as far as which position takes the biggest beating... its a hard call. Part of it depends on your teams style and the style of the team you're playing against. Different teams will utilize different positions in different ways.

    here in MN a lot of the less experience mens and college teams will simply use their bigger forwards to crash meter by meter through the defensive line.... If you play one of those teams and your a forward your gonna have to man up and make some serious hits on BIGGGGGGG dudes haha...

    but if you're playing an experienced fit team the back line play can get more dangerous simply because the tackles happen at a higher speed and the back line will actually touch the ball quite a bit.

    I've played inside centre and flank and found that i felt physically more comfortable at centre because I was physically strong and big enough to tackle back line players and I wasnt scared of getting plowed over. at flank I hated tackling 250 plus guys who were crashing through on me... very difficult and painful to do. i prefer not to tackle big guys head on if i can avoid it

    most of my injuries have come from stupid things though, like kicking a ball without proper strectching, or working myself too hard in practice. Since rugby does require a lot of endurance and explosion you'll find you pull muscles much easier when you get tired.