Introduction to the Sport of Rugby
Because it is an exciting game, many people at present increasingly love the game. 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.
Rugby balls are quite similar to a football in size and shape. Comparing the size of rugby balls and footballs, one can say that a rugby ball is larger than a football. Today you cannot find laces on rugby balls anymore. Rugby players’ personal equipment includes a mouthpiece which is mandatory, and a soft-padded head gear which is optional.
The playing field for a rugby game is called the pitch. 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 minimum depth of the goal area is 10 meters but it is often 22 meters.
Two teams are represented in the pitch who will play the game. There are fifteen players in all for each team. Each team is divided into two separate groupings called the pack and the backs. The players wearing jersey’s with numbers from one to eight can be identified as the pack players. They consist of the larger, more physical players. The jersey’s with numbers from nine to fifteen constitute the backs which is made up of the fastest team players.
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 player can bring the ball to the goal area and make a score. You earn 5 points if you scored a try. Making a try gives you a chance to make a conversion kick. Two points are added to the team score if the conversion kick is good.
You can also score points through a drop goal. A drop goal is rewarded with three points. The drop goal is made by kicking the ball through the upright of your opponent. The drop goals will be counted only when the ball makes contact with the ground before it is kicked.
If a player fouls another, then they are given a penalty kick. Penalty kicks are worth 3 points. A penalty kick is taken where the foul was committed behind the 22 meter line.
Professional levels of rugby are already existing at present. Like pro football teams in different states, rugby also has teams in different cities. Rugby also has international levels which is the most popular of all the games. International teams are made up of the best players in the city teams in different countries. Today, international rugby games are getting more popular.
Source: john trusello