In set pieces, some players are unlikely to pass the ball at all. But during open play, all players will at some point be around. There are different types of passing, from spin passing to the pop pass. They are all useful skills to possess for different situations.
When you say running you may think we are talking about running forwards. But just as important is the ability to move backwards and sidewards efficiently and balanced, moving around in a defensive line as a team is critical to the defensive systems a team has in place.
In attack, acceleration, change of direction and changing pace are what are crucial for breaking tackles and beating defenders.
All of the above skills are nothing without balance.
The way a team supports each other is the whole basis of their attacking play, being able to support a player whether that be to secure a ruck for the next phase or to be an option for pass or offload is a core skill of the game of rugby.
Communication is also a key part of this, teams use key phrases to indicate to players around them where they are in order to support efficiently.
Being able to make decision’s under pressure is a key part of rugby, you are constantly fighting against an opposition who are hunting you down whilst in possession, being able to make quick well thought out decisions isn’t something that comes naturally. But the repetition of being put in those positions and making decisions based on the factors around you are a key skill to the game of rugby.
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