Equipment & Risk

Minimal Equipment

The amount of equipment you need will vary between what you want to do, but for your first session all you need is equipment similar to what you would be comfortable running in. Running shoes are also fine in the drier months, but cleats are ideal for outdoor practices and games. If you are not sure, just ask!

The Rugby Tackle

Proper tackling technique is crucial to playing effective defense in rugby as well as avoiding injury.

A stark contrast to the head-first approach of American Football, proper form for a Rugby tackle is to make contact with ones shoulder and upper chest, “wrap” them in grapple, and take them to the ground. Tackling in this way displaces energy received upon contact through the body and minimizes head contact.

Many people enjoy rugby because of the game’s physicality — especially the players. By teaching players the right way to act in contact situations, you can keep the players safe and provide them with the tools to be successful. 

Mitigating Risk

Rugby is a fast-moving and high intensity team sport. Although historically dominated by men, the sport is gaining popularity among women.

More injuries occur at the beginning of a season, suggesting that pre-season conditioning could reduce injuries.

A pre-season conditioning program should gradually increase in intensity and duration to prepare athletes for competition.

Injury prevention strategies to reduce the incidence, severity and cost of rugby injuries could include coaching on defensive skills, correct tackling technique, correct falling technique and methods to minimise the absorption of impact forces in tackles.

To reduce scrummaging injuries at lower rugby levels, props should crouch, touch, pause and then engage. This technique is called Depowering the Scrum. Another alternative is Sequential Engagement where the front rows engage first and then the second row joins in, so that a stable scrum is established.