Rugby And Its Coaching Hierarchy

Rugby is a very tough sport and training to become a fully fledged professional normally starts in the late teenage years. The reasons for this are obvious, in order to stand up to the rucks, scrums and very heavy tackles, kids must be of a certain size before they are let loose into the full and brutal game.

But kids are also started off young with non-contact rugby and rugby sevens. Prospective players can start from a very young age, and although they are schooled in the technical aspects of the game, full on physical tackles and scrimmages are not permitted in this form of the game.

It is based totally on skills and technique as kids will learn the rules, but there is a much smaller chance of anyone being seriously injured.

There are two types of rugby – League and Union and both can see concussive clashes. Sadly, there have been instances where youngsters playing in special lower leagues have been seriously injured and killed.

Nonetheless, the risks of the sport are clear, but everything must be done to prevent such tragedies. It is one thing if a full grown man, totally conscious of his decisions, were to be seriously injured, but something else entirely if it is a teenager who has not yet reached his physical prime.

On the flip side, such incidents are rare and rugby is enjoying considerable growth in popularity the world over, although most players tend to hail from England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and the Pacific Islands.

While many other sports such as soccer depend on the manager to make selection and tactical decisions, rugby is different and there is usually a board which makes such decisions and the training staff is usually much more extensive as well. Rugby players, although huge strong people, are usually known for the respect, dedication and humility they show both on and off the field.