A Guide to the Sport of Rugby
Because it is an exciting game, many people at present increasingly love the game. Rugby is like football in that it is a hard-hitting physical game, and at the same time it is like soccer in that it is a game of speed and movement.
When you look at the size and shape of a rugby ball, you will almost think that it is a football. Comparing the size of rugby balls and footballs, one can say that a rugby ball is larger than a football. Today you cannot find laces on rugby balls anymore. It is mandatory to wear a mouthpiece in a rugby game, but it is optional to wear a soft-padded head gear.
Rugby is played on a large playing field called the ‘pitch.’ This is a large grassy surface which measure 100 meters long and 70 meters wide. There are uprights positioned on every end of the rugby field. The uprights are before the goals area of the team. The minimum depth of the goal area is 10 meters but it is often 22 meters.
Two teams are represented in the pitch who will play the game. There are fifteen players in all for each team. The packs and the backs makes up a team. The players wearing jersey’s with numbers from one to eight can be identified as the pack players. They consist of the larger, more physical players. The jersey’s with numbers from nine to fifteen constitute the backs which is made up of the fastest team players.
The objective of the game is to score goals which are known as “try.” Touching the ball down inside your opponent’s end zone earns you a score or a try. There is no particular player that can carry the ball to the zone to make a score. If you make a try, 5 points is awarded to you. When a player makes a try, he is then awarded a conversion kick. Two points are added to the team score if the conversion kick is good.
Another way of scoring is through a drop goal. A drop goal is rewarded with three points. This happens when a player kicks the ball through the uprights of the opposing team. The drop goals will be counted only when the ball makes contact with the ground before it is kicked.
If there are fouls on players, penalty kicks are also granted. Penalty kicks are worth 3 points. The player kicks the ball freely on the site where the foul was committed and behind the 22 meter line.
Professional levels of rugby are already existing at present. In some countries, cities have teams, which is also the same with pro football teams in different states. International levels of rugby games are already becoming the most popular of all. Different countries make up international players whose players are taken from the city teams. These days, most people watch these international events.
Source: john trusello