Wingers In Rugby League (Number 2 And Number 5 Explained)

The right winger in rugby league traditionally wears the number 2 jersey. The left winger traditionally wears number 5. Although this is common practice in many competitions and clubs, it’s not mandatory. This article look sat the crucial role of wingers in attack and defence. We have a separate article on wingers in rugby union. … Read more

Fullbacks In Rugby League (The Number 1 Jersey)

Fullbacks in rugby league must have a mix of strong defensive and offensive skills. They have the crucial role of organizing their team’s defensive structure on the field, while also making last-ditch tackles and catching high kicks. In attack, they often provide the ”extra man” to create overlaps and exploit gaps. This article looks in … Read more

Six Types Of Kicks In Rugby League

Six types of kicks are used in rugby league to gain a tactical advantage, create scoring opportunities, or put pressure on the opposition. This article looks at each one in turn. Some kicks are so important tactically that they deserve an article all to themselves. We’ll cover the essentials here and link out to where … Read more

Cross-Field Kicks In Rugby League (Explained)

A cross-field kick is a kick that travels horizontally across the field. The kicker wants to find space behind the defensive line or to create a one-on-one contest between an attacking player and a defender. This kick is often used to target tall or strong teammates on the wings who can jump high to catch … Read more

Grubber Kicks In Rugby League (Rugby Explained)

A grubber kick in rugby league is a low, rolling kick that bounces unpredictably along the ground. It is often used to create try-scoring opportunities by bouncing the ball into the in-goal area. In this article, I’ll look at when it’s used, what attackers should do, and how defenders try to defend the grubber. The … Read more

Bombs And High Kicks In Rugby League (Explained)

The bomb or high kick in rugby league is a high, hanging kick designed to give the attacking team time to chase and contest the ball in the air. The kicker aims to kick with a high trajectory where the angle gives the most hang time in the air. This kick is often used to … Read more

40/20 Kick In Rugby League (Explained)

The 40/20 kick in rugby league is a tactical kick that aims to bounce the ball into touch within the opposition’s 20-meter area. The first rule is that the kicker must be behind the attacking team’s own 40-meter line. The second rule is that the ball must hit the ground before it goes over the … Read more