Understanding the Game of Rugby
Rugby, at present, is one of the most exciting contact sports. Rugby is like football in that it is a hard-hitting physical game, and at the same time it is like soccer in that it is a game of speed and movement.
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. The modern version of the rugby balls have no laces. 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. Behind the uprights is the goals area. The goals area is 10 meters deep at minimum and the depth is often 22 meters.
Two teams are represented in the pitch who will play the game. Each team consist of fifteen players. The packs and the backs makes up a team. 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 jersey’s with numbers from nine to fifteen constitute the backs which is made up of the fastest team 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. There is no particular player that can carry the ball to the zone to 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. Your team gets three points through a drop goal. The drop goal is made by kicking the ball through the upright of your opponent. 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. Your team is given 3 points if you make good on your penalty kick. A penalty kick is taken where the foul was committed behind the 22 meter line.
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.