Rugby is considered one of the most exciting contact sports today. It’s a perfect blend of the hard-hitting physical nature of football and the speed and movement of football.
A rugby ball is somewhat similar to a soccer ball in shape and size; however, it is bigger. Plus, most modern versions don’t already have laces. In terms of personal equipment, a mouthpiece is mandatory while a soft padded helmet (scrimmage hood) is optional.
Know that the playing field in this kind of sport is called the “field”. It is a large grassy area 100 m long and 70 m wide with uprights at each end. Behind the uprights is the goal zone, which must have a minimum depth of 10 m. In addition, it is often 22 m deep.
The players and their positions
Two teams will be represented on the pitch, with 15 players each. Each team will be divided into 2 distinct groups – the pack and the full backs. The peloton (represented by jersey numbers 1 to 8) will be made up of taller and more physical players while the full backs (represented by jersey numbers 9 to 15) will be made up of the fastest players.
The objective of the game
Scoring goals, called a “try”, is the goal of this sport. This can be achieved by touching the ball inside the opposing team’s end zone. Know that any player can carry the ball and score. One try is worth 5 points. After which, a conversion kick will be granted which will give you the option to add 2 more score points on success.
Another way to score is with a “drop goal”, which equals 3 points. This happens during the game when a player hits the ball through the opposing team’s uprights. Remember, however, that for a drop goal to be counted, the ball must make contact with the ground before being kicked.
Shots on goal may also be awarded for several penalties. It is also worth 3 points. This is a free kick from the site of the offense or from behind the 22m line.
Today there are several professional rugby levels. In some countries there are different city teams, which are similar to professional football teams in different states. There is also the international level, which is considered the “big show”. The international teams will be made up of representatives of municipal teams from different countries. These are often the most watched rugby events these days.