Introduction to the Sport of Rugby
Rugby is among the contact sports which, at present, is gaining popularity. 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.
The ball used in rugby are almost the same as a football in terms of size and shape. Comparing the size of rugby balls and footballs, one can say that a rugby ball is larger than a football. Laces no longer come with the modern version of the rugby ball. 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. On every end of the rugby field are uprights. The goal area is behind the uprights. 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. Each team consist of fifteen players. Each team is divided into two separate groupings called the pack and the backs. The jersey number of pack players are from one to eight. They consist of the larger, more physical players. The backs have jersey numbers from nine to fifteen, and made up of the fastest players.
Teams’ objective is to score a ‘try’ or a goal. 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. When a player makes a try, he is then awarded a conversion kick. IF he is successful with his kick, 2 more points are added to the score.
A ‘drop goal’ is another way of scoring. Your team gets three points through a drop goal. This happens when a player kicks the ball through the uprights of the opposing team. 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. 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.
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. International levels of rugby games are already becoming the most popular of all. International teams are made up of the best players in the city teams in different countries. These days, most people watch these international events.
Source: john trusello