Rugby for all

The World of Rugby

Posted by on Jan 20, 2015 in Rugby in general |

The World of Rugby

David+Pocock+Super+Rugby+Rd+12+Sharks+v+Force+-XyCmkJ7a9yl

Rugby union may not be on the top three most popular sports in the world. Heck, it is not even part of the top five. But it is part of the top ten, getting the ninth spot. That still means something. In figures, rugby union games are watched by between 240 to 310 million viewers worldwide, it is being played officially by more than two million rugby union officially registered players who belong in at least one of the almost nineteen thousand rugby union clubs catered all around the world. These numbers are growing every year and the sport is gaining momentum and sooner or later, it is anticipated that rugby union trainings will become part of the physical education curriculum in a lot of schools.

Rugby union was already played even before written rules were made in the year 1845. The “rules” of the game kept changing before then. William Webb Ellis played the game and ran with the ball, a rule which was not adopted until seven years after he did it. Before the rules of rugby union were officially written and compiled, it was played and was often confused with another sport, which was football (soccer).

The equipment needed to play rugby union is the rugby ball, an oval shaped ball which can either be made from leather or some synthetic material. The rugby ball has four panels and according to the International Rugby Board or IRB, the dimensions of the ball should be the following: 280 to 300mm in length, 740 to 770mm in circumference of length and 580 to 620mm in circumference of width.image As for uniforms, the standards include a rugby shirt, which is also known as a rugby jersey, rugby shorts, socks and boots (boots have soles with studs which can be plastic or metal provided that they are not sharp). Players also wear protective gear like compulsory mouthguards and optional helmets, head gear, shoulder pads and shin guards.

The Rugby World Cup is the rugby union’s most anticipated tournament and like the association football’s World Cup, it is also held every four years. The 2015 World Cup will be hosted by England while the 2019 World Cup will be hosted by Japan. . The last tournament was held in 2011 and the cup is being held by New Zealand. The last tournament was held in 2011 and the cup is being held by New Zealand.

There are two teams playing against each other in a rugby union game and like most sports, the team that acquires the higher number of points wins the game. And how are points scored in rugby union? Well, there are several ways to do so. One is called a try. A try is worth 5 points and scored by grounding the ball in the in-goal area (between the goal line and the dead ball line). If a player does a subsequent conversion kick, he or she scores 2 points. If he or she successful does a penalty kick or a drop goal, each score will be 3 points.

 

Read More

What About Rugby?

Posted by on Jan 20, 2015 in Rugby rules |

 

Rugby union, the sport otherwise known as rugby has become popular over the century that it has become the official national de facto sport of five different countries, namely the following: Papua New Guinea, Georgia, Madagascar, New Zealand and Wales. It has become so popular that there are already almost nineteen thousand rugby union clubs have images (4)been formed and spread worldwide and in those clubs, a total of 2.3 million rugby union players have been registered in the past several years. Rugby union news can be seen and heard over ESPN from time to time, which helped make it more popular and some school all over Europe and other continents even hold rugby union trainings and made it part of their curriculum.

The equipment needed to play rugby union is the rugby ball, an oval shaped ball which can either be made from leather or some synthetic material. The rugby ball has four panels and according to the International Rugby Board or IRB, the dimensions of the ball should be the following: 280 to 300mm in length, 740 to 770mm in circumference of length and 580 to 620mm in circumference of width. As for uniforms, the standards include a rugby shirt, which is also known as a Rugby-imagery_2rugby jersey, rugby shorts, socks and boots (boots have soles with studs whichcan be plastic or metal provided that they are not sharp). Players also wear protective gear like compulsory mouthguards and optional helmets, head gear, shoulder pads and shin guards.

The Rugby World Cup is the rugby union’s most anticipated tournament, and like the association football’s World Cup, it is also held every four years. The 2015 World Cup will be hosted by England while the 2019 World Cup will be hosted by Japan. There were quite a number of countries who initially submitted their bids to host the Rugby World Cup for 2015 and 2019 respectively like Australia, England, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Russia, Scotland, South Africa and Wales. Majority of them withdrew their bids before the deadline for a number of different reasons. Initially, Japan became an early favorite to host the World Cup because it would mean a boost of viewership and interest in the sport in Asia but ultimately, England was the winner for 2015. Although most rugby union games during the World Cup will be played across stadiums in England, some games will be played in a stadium in Wales, the Millennium Stadium.

If you want additional information on the 3G pitch surfacing used now and regulate you can find the 3g surfacing information here.

There are two teams playing against each other in a rugby union game and like most sports, the team that acquires the higher number of points wins the game. And how are points scored in rugby union? Well, there are several ways to do so. One is called a try. A try is worth 5 points and scored by grounding the ball in the in-goal area (between the goal line and the dead ball line). If a player does a subsequent conversion kick, he or she scores 2 points. If he or she successfully does a penalty kick or a drop goal, each score will be 3 points.

Read More

Rugby Union 101

Posted by on Jan 20, 2015 in Rugby competitions |

Twickenham_landing_486

A lot of people only know it as either rugby, rugger or even call it football at times but rugby’s official name is actually rugby union. This sport was initially conceived in England in the 19th century. This contact sport is played together with a ball that is oval shaped, usually made of a pig’s bladder. In rugby union, there are two teams playing against each other and these two teams are composed of fifteen players each. Rugby union since its inception has become one of the most widely played (there are more than 2 million rugby union players spread out over 18 thousand rugby union clubs in the worldwide registry) and widely viewed sports around the world and when international tournaments are being played, rugby union news is the one headlining the sports sections of newspapers in the countries where they are severely popular. The British helped expand the popularity and gameplay of rugby union not only to its neighboring European Countries like France, but also in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. It has then continued to spread to much of Polynesia and is currently enjoying immense popularity in Fiji, Tonga and Samoa.

Rugby-Sevens-Waratahs-blu-014

Before the rules of rugby union were officially written and compiled, it was played and was often confused with another sport, which was football (soccer).  The history of rugby union often points to William Webb Ellis, an English boy who single handedly invented the game of rugby football when he first ran off with the ball. The official set of written rules were only established in the year 1845 and even then, the rules continued to change from time to time.

PUMA_AW11_RUGBY_PRO_TRY-0139_13x19Before the World Cup commences, players undergo extreme rugby union trainings to prepare themselves for the tournament. The Rugby World Cup is also held every four years, similar to FIFA’s World Cup.  The Rugby World Cup is the holy grail of rugby union tournaments and is played by a lot of national rugby union teams in several different nations worldwide. As of the moment, the World Cup’s owner is New Zealand, which they won in 2011 when the tournament was hosted by France. This year, the Rugby World Cup will go back to its homeland and the tournament will be hosted by England.

Rugby World Cup

Aside from the Rugby World Cup, there are other international rugby union tournaments that are highly anticipated by rugby union fans and these games are actually held annually. These are The Rugby Championship and the Six Nations Championship. There are also several major national tournaments of the sport held in several different countries: the Currie Cup in South Africa, the ITM Cup in New Zealand, the Top 14 in France and the English Premiership which is of course held in England.

The top most item used in playing rugby union is the ball. Its shape is officially a prolate spheroid composed of four panels. Old rugby ball used to be made of leather, but as of present, they are already made of synthetic materials.

 

Read More

The sport of rugby

Posted by on Jan 20, 2015 in Rugby in general |

The Sport of Rugby

The sport is officially known as rugby union, but it is known to many as only rugby. The sport started out in the United Kingdom, specifically in England around the start of the 19th century. It is a type of contact sport with two opposing teams consisting of 15 players each. The goal of the game is to get more points than the opposing team by either licking goals or scoring ties. A single game can last up to 80 minutes of playing time. According to Sporteology, rugby union is the ninth most popular sports on the basis of the number of viewers. It currently has around 390 to 410 million fans around the world and the countries where rugby is popular include England, of course, France, South Africa and New Zealand so from time to time, expect some rugby union news in ESPN, especially during the Rugby World Cup. As of last count, there are about eighteen thousand rugby union clubs and approximately two million three hundred sixty thousand registered rugby union players worldwide.

Rugby-9Rugby union was already played even before written rules were made in the year 1845. The “rules” of the game kept changing before then. William Webb Ellis played the game and ran with the ball, a rule which was not adopted until seven years after he did it. Running the ball only became an accepted play in 1830. The first rugby balls used were completely round and changed over time until it became the oval shape that it is today. The ball is made of a pig’s bladder so it first came in various sizes.

Rugby union trainings are quite rigorous and intense, especially if the players are training for the World Cup. The Rugby World Cup is the most important tournament of the sport and like the FIFA World Cup, it is also held every four years among the national rugby union teams in different countries around the world. The last tournament was held in 2011 and the cup is being held by New Zealand. This year’s World Cup will be hosted by England from September 18 to October 31. What’s interesting is no single country has retained a World Cup trophy.

There are two other major international rugby union tournaments: the Six Nations Championship and The Rugby Championship. The Six Nations Champions
hip is a yearly tournament of six European countries, namely, England, Scotland, France, Wales, Ireland and Italy. The Rugby Championship is also played yearly, but this time, the teams are from countries located in the Southern hemisphere. It used to be known as Tri Nations because only three countries were involved in the tournament: Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. However, in 2012, the three countries invited the Argentine Rugby Union; thus, the name of the tournament was changed to The Rugby Championship.

Wimages (2)omen have also played rugby union. It began in 1982 and since then, there have been over six hundred international rugby union games played by women in more than forty different countries.

 

Read More