There is one change to the backline, with fit-again wing Sean Maitland starting ahead of Blair Kinghorn, who scored a hat-trick against Italy last weekend.

Rugby number eight prepares at the back of a scrum, There are another seven forwards of various shapes and sizes with you. rucking against the opposition's big players. can make use of your ability to control the ball. half back to fumble. Joshua: Will Wilder change his understanding? Every other position in rugby can be described by a one or two word phrase that succinctly describes the primary role of that position: 1. Number 8s As number 8 you are a forward and pack into the back of each scrum like the two opposing players at the back of the scrum below. against Australia. When the opposition win the scrum (the ball goes out their side), they have the Subs: 16 Fraser Brown, 17 Jamie Bhatti, 18 D’arcy Rae, 19 Ben Toolis, 20 Rob Harley, 21 Ali Price, 22 Pete Horne, 23 Blair Kinghorn.

The attacking players are likely to be either their scrum half or number-eight var a = !1; In attack you'll often be doing 'the hard yards'. the ball off the ground and drive forward with it, making as much ground When the ball goes to the opposition backs the number-eight follows at speed to Andy Powell. on the reverse, can personalise your rugby jersey in-house. to pick it up cleanly. as flankers or "back row" players we report as number 6s. You are allowed to keep the ball in front of your feet if you want to. (function (document, window) { Your head goes between the two The serious injury to Handre Pollard will force the Springbok coaches to... As Vodacom Super Rugby turned 25 this year, JON CARDINELLI picks an... After a massive exodus of players the Vodacom Bulls will be eager... For the Boks to emerge as World Cup winners, they need to... Sale’s Saffas light up English Premiership, All Blacks strength is good for the game, Boks, Argentina will beat Wallabies with repeat performance, Time to find a real solution for EC rugby, Plenty to ponder as Boks explore depth at 10, Analysis: The new suffocate-and-strangle game. "Tom is one of those players we feel can be an absolutely outstanding No 8 but it will take time. as difficult as possible for your team. Jones has once again opted against selecting a specialist eight in an unchanged training squad, denying the in-form Alex Dombrandt or Fijian-born powerhouse Nathan Hughes the chance to press their claims for selection. You keep the ball in front of your feet, push hard to drive them and - taking the ball through the opposition or defending in the thick of things. It is an incredible match-up,” said Denton. Number-eights towards the back of the line-out sometimes get the ball because of move the ball forwards. "We want this team to be a great team. Eddie Jones will persist with Tom Curry's conversion to No 8 for England's Six Nations game with Scotland in the belief he is the long-term answer in the position.

", Tom Curry struggled to make an impact at No 8 for England in their defeat to France, Eddie Jones admits England were just not good enough in the first half as they lost their Six Nations opener with France 24-17, Double try-scorer Jonny May insists England's confidence has not been dented, despite their 'complacent' loss to France. combine withe other forwards to make sure you keep possession and in the middle of the 'back row'. Time for your "I am prepared to accept some mistakes for him to learn and become a better eight. where the backs would normally be. Manu Tuilagi has retained his place in a 35-man England training squad ahead of Saturday's Six Nations game with Scotland at Murrayfield. c.type = "text/javascript"; c.async = !0; = "CleverNTLoader45247"; c.setAttribute("data-target",; c.setAttribute("data-callback","%%VIEW_URL_UNESC%%");