Although the faces may change, no matter where you play your rugby, you will always want to be playing alongside these seven types of players…
Every team needs at least one player who is willing to get stuck in to every scuffle, and just generally run around trying to intimidate the opposition. Knowing you have a player like this behind you makes you much more confident going into physical confrontations (the legal kind).
They aren’t always the captain of their team, but having a player with leadership qualities is absolutely key to every team. They are there to organise players and keep them motivated, even when the going gets tough, and ensure younger players make the right decisions at key times.
Similarly, every team needs a key person off the pitch who can organise games, events and socials. Trying to get 15+ rugby players all turning up to an away game at the same time takes some doing, so a player with these organisational skills is absolutely vital.
Although rarely the best player on the team, it’s important to have someone who slogs their guts out at every opportunity. Seeing one player running themselves into the ground at every occasion is often enough to spur other players on to pushing themselves a little bit harder.
Although rugby is a team sport, every team ideally needs one stand-out player who can really make a difference. Whether it be a top class scrummaging prop, or a pacey winger, having someone on the team playing above everyone else’s level can make a whole world of difference.
Whilst playing rugby is a pretty serious business, it’s important for teams to have fun at every opportunity. Having a player (or several) who can provide some light relief, even after a loss is vital to maintaining team spirit and keeping the togetherness of a squad.
Although not necessarily trained in first aid, having a player on your team who you know can be relied on to remain calm in an emergency is vital. This kind of player can make a big difference to how bad an injury ends up being, although they do occasionally get it tremendously wrong.