When selecting a Rugby team, it is essential that the selectors use the same set of criteria for each playing position because each player who is competing for the position must be judged by the same criteria. The functional role analysis that has already been completed provides coaches with a method of deciding on these criteria. Consequently, this technique is used as the basis of the criteria. To help you with this, the positional requirements of each position are now explained.
Once the selectors have a game plan, they can take each position and list the positional requirements needed to achieve it. Listed on the following pages are the positional requirements for each position. The positional requirements listed are not for a specific game plan, they are a checklist for selection that can be modified to suit the game plan that has been developed.