Honestly, I just want a position that works to my body composition. You are generally too short to be a forward (at least in my country), maybe a short flanker if you are lucky.
I mean Forward sounds fantastic, but I'm not anywhere close to being big, just wide, so I don't know. Half back, fly half or maybe centres if you are fast enough would be ideal for your size.
Let me stress, however, that strength is just a small part of your abilities on the pitch.
Besides strength and the plethora of rugby specific skills, fitness is a huge component of what you are able to do.
It is almost impossible to answer this question accurately.
Some programs have really good A sides but even then the average player on the club is a B or C side player who isnt that great. I know it's for fun, but I rather know whether I should spend my freshman year in college getting back in shape than playing rugby if I am below average. Current Lift Stat: Bench Press: 300 lbs Squat: 225x8, ??? Goal: Bench Press: 315 lbs before end of this school year. without any proof im gonna say a lot of american college players (especially with football backgrounds) are stronger than pros. i dont wanna squash your strength training goals and obviously it all helps.
Play rugby for fun and get in shape before you start. I say this to emphasize that it isnt as huge of an aspect of the game as you may think. 315 bench is pretty solid and a 400 squat is good too but certinly not elite (once again, doesnt matter much) without any proof im gonna say a lot of american college players (especially with football backgrounds) are stronger than pros. i dont wanna squash your strength training goals and obviously it all helps.
FYI, I'm not a native English speaker, so I may mess up at typing sometimes.
If you are talking A grade teams then the players are generally stronger and fitter than the more casual players.