Rugby is considered one of the most exciting contact sports today. This is a perfect mixture of the hard-hitting physical nature of football and the speed and movement of soccer.
A rugby ball is somewhat similar to a football in shape and size; however, it is larger. Also, most modern versions have no laces already. In terms of personal equipment, a mouthpiece is mandatory while a soft-padded head gear (scrum cap) is optional.
Be aware that the playing field in this kind of sport is called the «pitch». It is a large grassy surface which is 100m long and 70m wide with uprights on every end. Behind the uprights is the goal area, which must be 10m deep at minimum. Also, this is often 22m in depth.
Players And Their Positions
Two teams will be represented on the pitch, with 15 players each. Each team will be broken into 2 separate groupings – the pack and the backs. The pack (represented by Jersey numbers 1-8) will consists of larger, more physical players while the backs (represented by Jersey numbers 9-15) are composed of the faster players.
The Game’s Objective
To score goals, known as a «try», is the objective of this sport. This can be achieved by touching down the ball inside the opposing team’s end zone. Know that any player can carry the ball and can score. A try is equivalent to 5 points. After which, a conversion kick will be awarded, allowing for a chance to add 2 more score points when successful.
Another way of scoring is through a «drop goal», which is equivalent to 3 points. This happens during play when a player kicks the ball through the uprights of the opposing team. Be reminded though that for a drop goal to be counted, the ball must make contact with the ground prior to being kicked.
Penalty kicks can likewise be granted for several penalties. This is also worth 3 points. This is a free kick from the site of the infraction or behind the 22m line.
Today, there are several professional levels of rugby. In some countries, there are different city teams, which are similar with pro football teams in different states. There is also the international level, which is regarded as the «big show». International teams will be composed of representatives from city teams in different countries. They are often the most watched rugby events these days.