Understanding the Game 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. However, rugby balls are 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.
The playing field for a rugby game is 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 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. 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. 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.
Teams’ objective is to score a ‘try’ or a goal. 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. IF he is successful with his kick, 2 more points are added to the score.
You can also score points through a drop goal. 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.
If a player fouls another, then they are given a penalty kick. A penalty kick is worth three points if it is a good one. 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. Most popular among the rugby games are those played internationally. International teams are made up of the best players in the city teams in different countries. Today, international rugby games are getting more popular.