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Introduction to the Sport 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. Rugby balls are slightly larger than a football. Today you cannot find laces on rugby balls anymore. Rugby players’ personal equipment includes a mouthpiece which is mandatory, and a soft-padded head gear which is optional.

Rugby is played on a large playing field called the ‘pitch.’ The measurement of this large grassy surface is 100 meters long and 70 meters wide. Uprights are positioned on every end of the ruby field. The uprights are before the goals area of the team. This goal area much be 10 meters deep at its minimum and its depth is often 22 meters.

There are two teams that play the game which will be represented on the pitch. Each team fields in fifteen players for the game. Each team is divided into two separate groupings called the pack and the backs. The pack players have jerseys with numbers from one to eight. 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.

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. You earn 5 points if you scored a try. 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 rewarded with three points. If the ball is kicked through the uprights of the opposing team then you have a drop goal. The ball has to make contact with the ground before you kick it, to count as a drop goal.

Penalty kicks are also granted on player fouls. 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. Rugby also has international levels which is the most popular of all the games. Different countries make up international players whose players are taken from the city teams. These days, most people watch these international events.