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Fans have ranked the importance of rugby positions, the results are surprising

Rugby Union is widely celebrated as the ultimate team sport, where success hinges on the seamless collaboration of its players, each assigned a vital role.

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Exploring the nuanced dynamics of this game reveals that certain positions hold greater significance than others on the field.

In an endeavour to unveil the hierarchy within the sport, we tasked RUCK followers with ranking the positions, yielding results that are nothing short of intriguing.

  1. Fly-half: With an overwhelming consensus, the fly-half emerges as the quintessential orchestrator, the linchpin of a team’s strategy. Tasked with directing attacks, orchestrating the backline, and making split-second decisions, the number 10 position epitomizes leadership and finesse.
  2. Scrum-half: Following closely behind, the scrum-half assumes the pivotal role of bridging the forwards and backs, facilitating seamless transitions and igniting attacking plays. Their agility, vision, and lightning-fast reactions make them indispensable assets on the field.
  3. Hooker: Positioned at the heart of the scrum, the hooker commands authority, dictating the timing and securing possession with precision. From coordinating scrums to executing flawless lineout throws, their contributions resonate deeply within the forward pack.
  4. Tighthead Prop: Anchoring the scrum with sheer force, the tighthead prop embodies resilience and power. Their ability to disrupt the opposition’s scrum lays the foundation for dominance in the set-piece battles.
  5. Openside Flanker: As one of the toughest and most agile players, the openside flanker epitomizes resilience and versatility. Whether attacking or defending, they exhibit unmatched physicality and strategic prowess.
  6. Loosehead Prop: Acting as the guardian of the hooker, the loosehead prop blends strength with finesse, ensuring stability in the scrum while wreaking havoc on the opposition.
  7. Number 8: The dynamic ball carrier and support player, the number 8, completes the formidable back row trio. Their explosive runs and defensive prowess contribute to the team’s momentum and resilience.
  8. Fullback: Positioned strategically to thwart opposition attacks and launch counter-attacks, the fullback epitomizes versatility and composure under pressure. Their role as the last line of defense underscores their significance in safeguarding the team’s territory.
  9. Blindside Flanker: A defensive stalwart on the blindside, the number six player disrupts opponents’ strategies while providing unwavering support to their teammates.
  10. Lock: Serving as the engine room of the scrum and the primary target in lineouts, the lock embodies strength, precision, and tactical acumen, essential for securing possession and dominating set-piece plays.
  11. Outside Centre: Combining speed with agility, the outside centre adds an extra dimension to the team’s attack, exploiting gaps and creating scoring opportunities with their swift movements.
  12. Inside Centre: Often likened to a midfield playmaker, the inside centre mirrors the fly-half’s role, providing creative spark and defensive solidity in equal measure.
  13. Winger: With blistering pace and finishing prowess, the winger serves as the team’s lethal weapon, capitalizing on scoring opportunities and ensuring defensive stability on the flanks.

Updated 2027 Rugby World Cup draw is good news for England and Steve Borthwick

The men’s Rugby World Cup 2027 in Australia will feature 24 teams after the World Rugby Council approved historic reimagination of the competition format, window and timing.

The new format will feature six pools of four teams, with a round of 16 added prior to the quarter-finals.

This will enable the tournament window to be reduced from seven to six weeks, while promoting a rhythm that builds momentum across the pool phase and respects the same minimum number of rest days between matches as at France 2023.

If the 2027 Rugby World Cup Draw was made tomorrow, this is what the Pools may look like (based on rankings)

2027 Rugby World Cup draw (Current rankings)


  • South Africa
  • Japan
  • Georgia
  • Hong Kong
Siya Kolisi, Captain of South Africa celebrates after the Rugby World Cup Final match between New Zealand and South Africa at Stade De France, Paris on 29 October 2023 (Photo: Micah Crook/PPAUK)


  • Ireland
  • Fiji
  • Samoa
  • Chile
James Lowe of Ireland during the Autumn Nations Cup match between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium, Twickenham, London on November 21 2020. – PHOTO: Phil Mingo/PPAUK