Positions

Position
Definition
Full Back
Back; Position 15; Last line of defense, receives deep kicks, counter kicks, voice on defense
Right Wing
Back; Position 14; The finisher, quick and fast, often times one of the last lines of defense
Outside Center
Back; Position 13; Tends to be the faster of the two centers, they either attempt to break the line or draw in defenders to create space for their teammates, aggressive tacklers
Inside Center
Back; Position 12; Stands closest to the fly half when the backs line up, they either attempt to break the line or draw in defenders to create space for their teammates, aggressive tacklers
Left Wing
Back; Position 11; The finisher, quick and fast, often times one of the last lines of defense
Fly Half
Back; Position 10; Orchestrates the back line, a main distributor, kicks when necessary
Scrum Half
Back; Position 9; Link between the forwards and backs, follows and distributes the ball
Number 8
Forward; Position 8; At the back of the scrum, very similar to flankers
Flankers
Forward; Positions 6 and 7; Work horses that are powerful, fast, strong, aggressive tacklers. 6 is the blind side flanker, 7 is the open side flanker (can also be called a heat seeking missile)
Locks
Forward; Positions 4 and 5; Engine room of the scrum, typically taller players, often times will jump in a lineout to try and win it out of the air
Tight-Head Prop
Forward; Position 3; front row of the scrum, often times lifters in the lineout
Hooker
Forward; Position 2; In between the props, hooks the ball back with their foot in the scrum, typically throws in for the lineout, “the fourth loose forward”
Loose-Head Prop
Forward; Position 1; Front row of the scrum, often times lifters in the lineout