RUGBY JERSEY NUMBER TEN: FLY HALF/FIRST FIVE. The rugby union version of the quarter back, the fly half rugby position is the key decision and play maker in open play. A skilled kicker, the number ten provides the clearing kicks and usually the kicks at goals.
By the 1950s, the Rugby Football Union had produced a booklet called Know the Game, in which it is stated that "there are no hard and fast rules governing the names of the positions or the numbers worn", but it lists the custom in Britain as being 1 for the fullback, to 15 for the lock (now known as the number 8). Rugby league still uses this "correct" numbering system.
A normal rugby union team formation illustrating each of the positions and their respective numbers. In the game of rugby union, there are 15 players on each team, comprising eight forwards (wearing jerseys numbered 1–8) and seven backs (numbered 9–15). In addition, there may be up to eight replacement players "on the bench", numbered 16–23.
Positions in rugby. The starting forwards wear jersey numbers 1 through 8 while the starting backs wear jersey numbers 9 through 15 (see diagram, above). Expanding on World Rugby’s introduction, below is the name and description of each position. The jersey number(s) at each position is shown in parentheses.
Number 1 is the loosehead prop, 2 is the hooker and 3 is the tighthead prop (he has players packing down either side of him while 1 only has an opponent to his right), 4 and 5 are the locks, 6 and 7 flankers and the number 8 is…the number 8.
Abbreviating the South African term eighthman to No.8 originated there and the noted New Zealand rugby historian, Arthur Swan, was among the first to refer to him in print as the "number-eight". When post-war Tests resumed in 1946, New Zealand led the way in regularly numbering their back-row man in the eight jersey.
Rugby Positions Explained: 15 Players by Number. We list all 15 rugby union playing positions below. Rugby numbers and positions go from 'Loosehead Prop' at #1 to 'Full-back position' number 15 in rugby. Loosehead Prop; Hooker; Tighthead Prop; Second Row; Second Row; Blindside Flanker; Openside Flanker; Number 8; Scrum-half; Fly-half; Left Wing; Inside Center; Outside Center
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