Attack and defence tips and training for flankers

An openside flanker, who wears 7 on their back in every country but fSouth Africa, where he or she wears 6, is also called amongst other names “fetcher”, “breakaway” or “wing-forward”.

While ever player brings their own style to a position, there are some core traits that any flanker needs to have. Help them develop them, in attack and defence with the following advice, activities and tactics.

First, look at the role of the back row as a whole unit in defending from different scrum positions. It’s essential that the 7 connects with the backline, so all the potential channels are covered. Work on these roles with Scrum defence training: Closing down their options.

Once the ball is in open play, the 7 may well be making a covering tackle. If the tackled ball carrier is isolated, the best 7s can also exploited this by attempting to steal the ball. Quick draw McCaw: Rugby coaching tips for winning turnovers develops the skills for this scenario.

For less experienced players, or players who are converting to the role, help them understand the position with The key roles of the openside flanker.

Finally, if this player is one of your best runners, then make the most of this with a Back row move releasing your 7 from a scrum.

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