What is Rugby
Currently, the third most popular sport in the world behind soccer and baseball, played in over 120 countries and rapidly gaining popularity throughout the United States, Rugby is a legendary full contact sport that mixes strength, speed, agility, improvisation, and courage. The purpose of the game is simple: Carry the ball over a goal line and touch it down, or kick it over a goal post, scoring more points than the opposition.
The laws of rugby are few in comparison to American football: Passes cannot be forward, there is no blocking, anyone can run with the ball, anyone can kick the ball, and the action does not stop until someone scores, the ball goes out of bounds, or a rule is broken. Play can be restarted in a variety of ways, which, of course, all look very different from anything we’re used to in American football, and these “restarts” come with interesting names like, “scrummage,” “ruck,” “line-out,” “maul,” “drop-kick,” etc. Nonetheless, players still get to punt, pass, tackle, and oh yes, run with the ball!
Rugby teams don’t huddle to prepare strategy since there is no planned stoppages between plays, and no platoons for offense, defense, or special teams. A rugby team, in a standard game, is 15 players per side, with only 7 substitutions; meaning the majority of the players on the field must stay in play for a full 80 minutes of intense gameplay A good rugby team will respond instantly to a number of defensive and offensive situations, each member of the team moving independently and creatively within his role, but collectively as a unit for total effect.
A Sport For Everyone
Due to the varied requirements of the different positions on the team, rugby will forever welcome athletes of any size and shape, with many players continuing to play the game well into their adult years. While successful rugby does require all around fitness, and rewards the combination of strength and speed, first and foremost rugby requires that special person who’s willing to give it a go. The attraction of the sport isn’t limited only to players, and teams like ours are always looking for people that want to experience the benefits of rugby through coaching, refereeing, and volunteerism (and, of course, spectating).
Rugby has a rich history of traditions, camaraderie and community involvement that lives on in every nation that plays the game. Rugby has a strong social aspect, and unlike many modern sports, inter-team fraternization and friendships are encouraged — after a rugby match, both teams, the referee and invited guests almost always gather for a “pint,” hosted by the home team, with food, drink, song, and exaggerated stories.