A MARAUDERS GUIDE TO
(COURTESY OF USA RUGBY)
Two teams of 15 players play for 80 minutes. Participants may only pass the ball backwards or sideways with no blocking allowed; using a variety of phases such as lineouts, mauls, rucks and scrums to retain possession during play. Rugby is unique in that play is continuous even after players are tackled on the field. Kicking is the only method by which both teams may move the ball forward.
Two teams of 7 players play for 14 minutes. This fast-paced and high scoring version abides by the same rules as 15s.
Players must advance the ball past their opponents’ side of the field (pitch) and touch it to the ground for a score worth 5 points (try).
After each try, worth 5 points, the scoring team is allowed an opportunity to kick the ball through the posts for an additional 2 points (conversion). Certain penalties also earn the non-offending team a kick through the posts, worth 3 points (penalty) if made.
Forwards: (1) Prop - Tighthead, (2) Hooker, (3) Prop - Loosehead, (4) Lock, (5) Lock, (6) Flanker - Blindside, (7) Flanker - Openside, (8) 8-man
Backs: (9) Scrumhalf, (10) Flyhalf, (11) Wing - Left, (12) Center - Inside, (13) Center - Outside, (14) Wing - Right, (15) Fullback
Forwards: Prop - Tighthead, Hooker, Prop - Loosehead
Backs: Scrumhalf, Flyhalf, Center, Wing
In 1823, William Webb Ellis used his hands to pick up a ball in a soccer match and ran with it to the goal. That day, rugby was born. There are two primary forms of rugby union: rugby fifteens and rugby sevens. Touch rugby, beach rugby, rugby tens and rugby twelves are also iterations of the sport often used as a development pathway and feeder into the main forms.
Though rugby players don’t wear pads or helmets, the techniques and rules of the sport make impact much safer. Rugby players are taught to use their arms and shoulders when making contact with opponents; earning serious repercussions for any contact above the shoulders and other dangerous styles of play. Players caught disregarding these rules receive a yellow card and are forced to sit on the bench for ten minutes in rugby fifteens and two minutes in rugby sevens. Serious offenses can result in a red card, with the chance of suspending the athlete for weeks.
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