Rugby Ready - World Rugby's preparation resource : Open field play

Open field play

Rugby is an invasion and evasion game: once possession has been gained, the objective is to move the ball forward (by carrying or kicking) into opposition territory and ultimately score points.

The most effective way of moving the ball forward is for the ball carrier to avoid contact by running into space or passing to a team mate who is in space.

Contact is, however, inevitable at some point in open play. Using the correct techniques can help retain possession, continue the attack and minimise the chance of injury.