It is not enough to just know the rules of rugby football. It is best to know strategies that can help you improve your game. Speed is an important factor in rugby that can affect the performance of the players. If you are fast, you can chase the opposition, evade tacklers, and react to situations and change direction immediately.
Everyone has the ability to get faster, and if you want to become a better rugby player, moving at a greater speed is probably going to make more difference than improving any other quality. Speed kills! Do not think that getting faster is only a benefit to those wingers or those that play 7s. Whether you’re chasing down the opposition, running a support line or making a break yourself, players from every position can hugely benefit from getting their wheels upgraded! Whether you’re reading this thinking “I’m already fast, I don’t need to do much improvement” or “I’m destined to be slow”, you’re wrong.
Keep in mind that the food and drink that you consume can affect your body’s ability to do certain tasks. If you are a rugby player and want to perform better in the game, you have to have a diet that consists of fruits and green vegetables. Avoid junk foods, caffeinated, and frizzy drinks. Hydrate yourself by drinking 2-5 liters a day.
Another tip for rugby players is to have proper exercise for mind and body fitness.
Watch the top modern day rugby players and you will notice that they produce a lot of movement during the 80 minutes. To do this requires high levels of cardiovascular fitness. To gain such fitness requires dedication and discipline. TRY!: Rise at 5.30 6.0am, 5 times a week and complete a 3-4Km run followed by 5 sets x 20 reps of push-ups, 5 x 20 crunchies, 5 x 40 star jumps, 5 x 20 burpees, then hold the PLANK POSITION for as long as possible.
If you want to learn how to prepare mentally for a rugby game, watch the video below.