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Functional roles in set piece

While the functional roles in the scrum are typically set, the lineout and kick restarts have roles that can change dynamically. A good example of this is the lineout. While the props are traditionally expected to support and protect the jumpers, the other players may be expected to act as supporters or jumpers. This dynamic role change depends primarily on the tactics selected (props may even have to jump and/or catch!).

Functional roles in the lineout are listed below:

  • Thrower
  • Jumper / decoy
  • Jumper / catcher
  • Supporter
  • Distributor

These roles may change dynamically from lineout to lineout and even within a given lineout.

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