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Rugby 15s Position Names

Rugby 15s Position Names

No problem! Check out these quick rugby facts about how the game is played. Want to learn more? Download a Beginner’s Guide to Rugby here.

1. Types of Rugby – Rugby is played around the world in two main versions of the game: Olympic Rugby and 15s. Olympic Rugby is played with seven players on a side for two seven-minute halves. This version of the game will be found in the Olympic Games in 2016. Rugby Ohio plays Olympic Rugby in the Summer Season. The more traditional version of the game is 15s where games are played with 15 players for two 35-minute halves. There are also both contact and non-contact versions of the game. Rugby Ohio plays 15s during the Spring Season.

2. Continuous Game - Similar to the game of soccer, rugby is a continuous game where the ball is constantly moving and play will not stop unless a team has scored, the ball goes out of bounds, or a penalty is given. Unlike football, tackling in rugby is a great thing and play will continue after a tackle is made!

3. Passing - The game of rugby is played with lateral and/or backwards passing. At no time in the game is a forward pass allowed. If a forward pass is made, a scrum will be awarded to the opposing team.

4. Scoring Points - Scoring points in rugby can occur through the following four ways:

  • Score a Try 5 points – This occurs when a team touches the ball to the ground in the opposing team’s try zone.
  • Kick a Conversion – 2 points – After a try is scored, the scoring team has a chance to kick through the uprights for 2 points.
  • Take a Penalty Kick – 3 points – A team has the option for a penalty kick through the uprights after the opposing team has committed a penalty.
  • Drop Goals – 3 points – Drop goals can occur during open play at any time and from anywhere on the field. The ball must be drop-kicked in order to count.

5. What are they doing? Rugby is known for having funny-sounding names for things done on the field. Here are two common things you will see when play restarts:

  • Scrum – A scrum is awarded after a minor infringement of the rules such as a forward pass. In 15s, a scrum occurs with eight players from one team going head to head with eight players from the opposite team. A scrum is similar to a jump ball in basketball. 
  • Lineout – When the ball goes out of bounds, play is restarted with a lineout. This contest for the ball will involve players being lifted in the area in hopes of recovery. 


The Ohio Department of Health has announced new legislation referred to as Lindsay's Law which addresses Sudden Cardiac Arrest in youth athletes.  The law went into effect on August 1, 2017.  You can read more about Lindsay's Law on the Ohio Department of Health web site:   


We have included links to resources below:

The following resources were developed to implement Lindsay’s Law.  Follow the links below to view the video and read the pamphlet.  After you have reviewed the material, it is imperative that you return to this page and submit the form below, affirming that you have viewed the material.

For parents/guardians and youth athletes:

For coaches:

If you are a coach in a community program, please use the following resources: