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.
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. 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. 100 meters long and 70 meters wide, is the dimensions of a rugby playing field or pitch. On every end of the rugby field are uprights. The goal area is behind the uprights. This goal area much be 10 meters deep at its minimum and its 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 pack players have jerseys with numbers from one to eight. They consist of the larger, more physical players. 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.” You can achieve a try by touching the ball down inside your opponent’s end zone. Any one of the players can carry the ball to this zone and make a score. When a player makes a try, it is equivalent to 5 points. 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.
Another way of scoring is 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.
Penalty kicks are also granted on player fouls. Penalty kicks are worth 3 points. A penalty kick is taken where the foul was committed behind the 22 meter line.
Rugby these days is already being played at different professional levels. In some countries, cities have teams, which is also the same with pro football teams in different states. 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. These days, most people watch these international events.
Source: john trusello