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Understanding the Game of Rugby

Because it is an exciting game, many people at present increasingly love the game. The game is rather a combination of football with its hard-hitting physical nature, and soccer, with its speed and movement.

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. Laces no longer come with the modern version of the rugby ball. Rugby players’ personal equipment includes a mouthpiece which is mandatory, and a soft-padded head gear which is optional.

The ‘pitch’ is the playing field of the rugby game. This is a large grassy surface which measure 100 meters long and 70 meters wide. On every end of the rugby field are uprights. Behind the uprights is the goals area. 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. There are fifteen players in all for each team. The teams are further broken up 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 backs have jersey numbers from nine to fifteen, and made up of the fastest players.

Scoring a goal known as ‘try’ is the main objective of this game. 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. 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.

A ‘drop goal’ is another way of scoring. A drop goal is equivalent to 3 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.

If there are fouls on players, penalty kicks are also granted. Penalty kicks are worth 3 points. 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. Different countries make up international players whose players are taken from the city teams. People are now learning to enjoy international rugby games.