A Guide to the Sport of Rugby
Rugby, at present, is one of the most exciting contact sports. 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. Rugby balls are slightly larger than a football. The modern version of the rugby balls have no laces. It is mandatory to wear a mouthpiece in a rugby game, but it is optional to wear a soft-padded head gear.
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. Uprights are positioned on every end of the ruby field. The goal area is behind the uprights. The minimum depth of the goal area is 10 meters but it is often 22 meters.
Rugby is played by two teams which will be represented on the pitch. Each team consist of fifteen players. 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 backs have jersey numbers from nine to fifteen, and made up of the fastest 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. You earn 5 points if you scored a try. Making a try gives you a chance to make a conversion kick. This allows him to add 2 more points to the score if he is successful.
You can also score points through a drop goal. A drop goal is equivalent to 3 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. Behind the 22 meter line, a player who was fouled takes his penalty kick on the exact spot where the foul was committed.
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. Most popular among the rugby games are those played internationally. What makes up an international team are players from city teams in different countries. Today, international rugby games are getting more popular.