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The World of Rugby

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

The World of Rugby

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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.