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Rugby football is a style of football that refers to two current sports, rugby league and rugby union. Before the split into the league and union codes, the term applied to the style of football believed to have developed at England's Rugby School to differentiate it from other styles of football. Although these two distinctive forms of rugby share the same general rules and the same objective, namely, getting the ball over the line to score a try, the specific rules for the two forms are different.


Rugby union is a full contact team sport which originated in England in the early 19th century. One of the two codes of rugby football, it is based on running with the ball in hand. In its most common form a game is between two teams of 15 players using an oval-shaped ball on a field with H-shaped goalposts on each goal line.


In Rugby league points are scored by carrying or kicking the ball down the field, until it can be moved past the opponents' designated goal line and touched to the ground; this is called a try, and is the primary method of scoring. The opposing team attempts to stop the attacking side gaining points by preventing their progress up the field by tackling the player carrying the ball. In addition to tries, points can be scored by kicking goals. After each try, the scoring team gains a free kick to try at goal with a conversion for further points. Kicks at goal may also be awarded for penalties, and field goals can be attempted at any time during general play.


When people think about rugby, the first thing that comes to mind is big, muscular, and physically strong men. However, rugby requires more than just physical strength. Even though the demands of each position are different, the mental aspects of each position can impact whether or not a player is going to be successful on the field, but these mental obstacles are often overlooked. Athletes, in any sport, need to train their mind just as much as they train their bodies.

Common psychological obstacles that can occur:

  • Anxiety (physical and mental)

  • Uneven performance between practice and game situations

  • Fear

  • Difficulty overcoming mistakes

  • Confidence

  • Attention and focus deficits

  • Recovering from an injury

  • Optimal performance training


If you believe you or your child may be battling with mental obstacles that could be affecting their overall athletic performance, please call MVP Mentality today. Dr. Hennessy can help athletes of any age and level to optimize their performance on and off the field with cutting edge tactics.


With a unique therapy plan designed on a per-patient basis, she knows that the right therapy makes all the difference. Call today at 954-317-0551 or email her at


For more information regarding mental blocks in Rugby, check out the links below:


How Detrimental is Anxiety in Sports?

Neurofeedback can Optimize Athletic Performance

Is Sports Psychology Right for My Child?

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