Understanding the Game 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.
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.
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 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.
Rugby is played by two teams which will be represented on the pitch. Each team fields in fifteen players for the game. The teams are further broken up 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 jersey’s with numbers from nine to fifteen constitute the backs which is made up of the fastest team players.
Teams’ objective is to score a ‘try’ or a goal. Touching the ball down inside your opponent’s end zone earns you a score or a try. 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. 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.
Another way of scoring is through a drop goal. 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. To make a drop goal the ball should make contact with the ground first before you kick it.
Penalty kicks are also granted on player fouls. 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.
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.