A Guide to the Sport of Rugby
Rugby, at present, is one of the most exciting contact sports. The game is rather a combination of football with its hard-hitting physical nature, and soccer, with its speed and movement.
When you look at the size and shape of a rugby ball, you will almost think that it is a football. Rugby balls are slightly larger than a football. The modern version of the rugby balls have no laces. Rugby players’ personal equipment includes a mouthpiece which is mandatory, and a soft-padded head gear which is optional.
Rugby is played on a large playing field called the ‘pitch.’ 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. The uprights are before the goals area of the team. 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 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.
The objective of the game is to score goals which are known as “try.” To score a try, a player need to bring the ball down inside your opponent’s end zone and touch the ball down. 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. 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. The ball has to make contact with the ground before you kick it, to count as a drop goal.
Penalty kicks are also granted on player fouls. 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.
At present, there are many professional levels of rugby. Like pro football teams in different states, rugby also has teams in different cities. International levels of rugby games are already becoming the most popular of all. What makes up an international team are players from city teams in different countries. Today, international rugby games are getting more popular.
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