Introduction to rugby.
Rugby is a team sport that delivers significant social and health benefits.
It can also be a physically demanding sport and players should be physically and mentally prepared, and understand how to play safely.
It is the responsibility of all - players, coaches and parents - to ensure that a positive, safe, enjoyable environment is created where ALL players will be able to reach their fullest potential, and that – whatever form of the game you play - the training and education materials and equipment are there to support everyone in creating that environment.
There are many forms of rugby , but the most common and the one we practice is rugby union also called rugby 15-s .
Some basic rules of rugby union are stated above :
The game is played in 2 halves each lasting 40 minutes
Every team is compound of 15 players each holding numbers from 1 to 15 . Every number is held according to the position inside the game
The ball must only travel backwards, so it cannot be passed forward but only backwards.
Players are allowed to only tackle the ball carrier
A tackle can only take place starting from the length of the neck and below
A scrum is formed in the field of play when eight players from each team, bound together in three rows for each team, close up their opponents so that the heads of the front row players are interlocked. This creates a tunnel into which a scrum half throws the ball so the front row players can compete for possession by hooking the ball with either feet. The purpose of the scrum is to restart play quickly, safely and fairly, after a minor infringement or a stoppage.
A ruck is a phase of the game where one or more players from each team, who are on their feet, in physical contact, close around the ball on the ground.
The point system in rugby :
- You can score different numbers of points depending on what you do in the game.
Try - 5 points - A try is scored when the ball is grounded over the opponents’ goal line in the in-goal area. A penalty try can be awarded if a player would have scored a try but for foul play by the opposition.
Conversion - 2 points - After scoring a try, that team can attempt to add two further points by kicking the ball over the crossbar and between the posts from a place in line with where the try was scored.
Penalty - 3 points - When awarded a penalty after an infringement by the opposition, a team may choose to kick at goal.
Drop goal - 3 points - A drop goal is scored when a player kicks for goal in open play by dropping the ball onto the ground and kicking it on the half-volley.
For a full detailed list of rugby laws and regulations you can visit …….
In 2009 the World Rugby member unions identified integrity, passion, solidarity, discipline and respect as the defining character-building characteristics of rugby. These are now collectively known as the World Rugby values and are incorporated within the World Rugby Playing Charter, a guiding document aimed at preserving rugby’s unique character and ethos both on and off the field of play.
The core values enable participants immediately to understand the character of the games and what makes it distinctive as a sport which is played by people of all shapes and sizes.
The World Rugby Playing Charter is incorporated within the World Rugby laws of the game and can be read in a number of languages by going to worldrugby.com/laws
Integrity is central to the fabric of the game and is generated through honesty and fair play.
Rugby people have a passionate enthusiasm for the game. Rugby generates excitement, emotional attachment and a sense of belonging to the global rugby family.
Rugby provides a unifying spirit that leads to life-long friendships, camaraderie, teamwork and loyalty which transcends cultural, geographic, political and religious differences.
Discipline is an integral part of the game both on and off the field and is reflected through adherence to the laws, the
regulations and rugby’s core values.
Respect for team-mates, opponents, match officials and those involved in the game is paramount.
Can I play rugby ?
Rugby is a game for all shapes and sizes and that is one of the sport’s main strengths and attractions because the sum of a team’s parts is always greater than any one individual.
In rugby there are forwards, whose role and job it is generally to win the ball from the opposition and compete at most of the more contact-driven areas such as the scrum, the line-out, the ruck and the maul.
Forwards tend to be heavier, more powerful players and also taller for winning the ball at the line-out and the restart.
There are also backs, who tend to be a bit faster and whose game is based more on taking advantage of the space created by the forwards’ hard work.
Even among the backs there are players who need to be better at passing, kicking, strategizing and simply running, so whatever size or shape, age or gender you are, there should be a position ready-made for you.
There are also non-contact forms of Rugby such as touch and tag, meaning that there really is a form of the Game for all abilities, shapes and sizes.
Before playing Rugby, it’s important to understand the equipment you’ll need.
Firstly, you’ll need a sturdy pair of boots with studs or cleats which are appropriate to the conditions.
These are essential to providing the purchase you’ll require, especially in contact situations.
It is recommended that you wear a mouth guard to protect the teeth and jaw, and some players choose to wear approved head gear and/or padded equipment, worn under the shirt.