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A Guide to the Sport of Rugby

Because it is an exciting game, many people at present increasingly love the game. Rugby combines football and soccer in that it is a hard-hitting physical game like football, and a game of speed and movement, like soccer.

Rugby balls are quite similar to a football in size and shape. Rugby balls are slightly larger than a football. Today you cannot find laces on rugby balls anymore. There are mandatory and options personal equipment that a rugby player need like a mouthpiece, which is mandatory, and a soft-padded head gear, which is optional.

The ‘pitch’ is the playing field of the rugby game. The measurement of this large grassy surface is 100 meters long and 70 meters wide. There are uprights positioned on every end of the rugby field. Behind the uprights is the goals area. The goals area is 10 meters deep at minimum and the depth 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 teams are further broken up into two separate groupings called the pack and the backs. The pack players have jerseys with numbers from one to eight. The large, physical players of the team are placed in the pack group. The fastest players in the team make up the backs and their jersey numbers are from nine to fifteen.

Scoring a goal known as ‘try’ is the main objective of this game. You can achieve a try by touching the ball down inside your opponent’s end zone. Any player can bring the ball to the goal area and make a score. When a player makes a try, it is equivalent to 5 points. A conversion kick is then awarded to a player who makes a try. This allows him to add 2 more points to the score if he is successful.

A ‘drop goal’ is another way of scoring. A drop goal is rewarded with three points. If the ball is kicked through the uprights of the opposing team then you have a drop goal. To make a drop goal the ball should make contact with the ground first before you kick it.

Penalty kicks are also granted on player fouls. A penalty kick is worth three points if it is a good one. 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. Cities have their own rugby teams, similar to pro football teams in different states. Rugby also has international levels which is the most popular of all the games. Different countries make up international players whose players are taken from the city teams. People are now learning to enjoy international rugby games.

Source: john trusello