RUGBY is a fast-paced, highly competitive sport that requires players to have exceptional physical skills. However, many of the best rugby players also have a strong mental game.
The most important mental skills to develop are surprise, anger, acceptance, and honesty (SARAH). SARAH is a common psychological process that athletes use when something doesn’t go their way e.g. a kicker misses an important kick or a try scorer is denied possession of the ball.
SARAH helps you process your emotions so that you can remain present during play. This is a critical skill to learn because it allows you to quickly get back to the task at hand and continue to perform.
Improve Your Passing Skill
One of the most fundamental skills in a rugby game is passing the ball. Whether you’re a forward, back, prop or five-eighth, it’s vital to master the basics of this skill.
Practice your passing regularly. A great way to do this is to carve out a few minutes after practice to work on your specific position’s skills.
Make sure to practice your tackling skills too, as this is a key part of a rugby defense. Start slowly and gradually work up to full contact – remember that the key to effective tackling is to keep compact – arms in, back straight, head up – and firmly wrap your opponent’s thighs.
A great way to practice a good tackle is with a partner. Have your opponent approach at half speed, and have your partner stand on their knees about 5-6 meters away.