Functional role analysis
In Rugby, each player has an identified and named position; however, they only really take this position, or role, at the set piece (scrum / lineout, etc).
During open play, players are ball carriers, supporters, tacklers and many other roles. Players must be able to identify and assume the correct role and coaches must understand all the roles, responsibilities and required skills for the role the players should be assuming.
What are functional roles?
Functional roles are the roles that players assume during the game. While players have designated positions, they spend more time assuming and executing a large number of different functional roles. So while a player may be a prop with 3 on their back, during the game they will also be a lifter, ball carrier, supporter, tackler, rucker, etc, etc.
Often, players are technically proficient at executing each role but make the wrong decision as to the role to assume in a given situation. This module is intended to focus the coach on functional role identification, selection and player decision-making on role selection.
What is functional role analysis?
Functional role analysis is the process that a coach uses to identify different functional roles and which role a player should select in a given situation.
Choose a section on the left to find out more about functional role analysis. When you've finished reading all of the sections within the module, there is an exam to complete, which can be accessed by clicking on the 'Questions' tab. Upon successful completion of the exam, you will be able to download an awareness certificate.