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.
The ball used in rugby are almost the same as a football in terms of size and shape. However, rugby balls are larger than a football. Laces no longer come with the modern version of the rugby ball. 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. 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. Behind the uprights is the goals area. The goals area is 10 meters deep at minimum and the depth is often 22 meters.
There are two teams that play the game which will be represented on the pitch. Each team fields in fifteen players for the game. 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. 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.
Teams’ objective is to score a ‘try’ or a goal. Touching the ball down inside your opponent’s end zone earns you a score or a try. Any one of the players can carry the ball to this zone and make a score. You earn 5 points if you scored a try. A conversion kick is then awarded to a player who makes a try. IF he is successful with his kick, 2 more points are added to the score.
You can also score points 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.
Penalty kicks are also granted on player fouls. Your team is given 3 points if you make good on your penalty kick. The player kicks the ball freely on the site where the foul was committed and behind the 22 meter line.
Rugby these days is already being played at different professional levels. 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. What makes up an international team are players from city teams in different countries. These days, most people watch these international events.
Source: john trusello