Sure, the game will feel like it is being played at miles per hour and you will be dog tired after 10 minutes of chasing the ball. Over time though everything will start to slow down and the patterns and techniques within the contest will become more and more obvious.
Whether it be full games, scrimmages or touch, playing rugby is very important for newbies. Sometimes learning a new game can be very intimidating. Rugby though is unique in the sports world in the brotherhood and camaraderie that it promotes. Plenty of this is probably down to the traditional beer flow after the games, but rugby players worldwide are a friendly bunch who always seem ready to help a new player learn the game. One of the great things about beginning rugby is that it is relatively inexpensive.
In games like football, hockey and lacrosse you can pay hundreds of dollars for the right equipment and padding. Unless you are going to be playing on very wet pitches a pair of firm ground bladed soccer cleats will do the job just fine and provide you with more than enough traction to sidestep your way to glory. It is interesting that when people see rugby they assume that playing the game is very similar to playing football. In truth though, outside of the contact aspects the two sports are really not all that similar.
Instead it is often former soccer and basketball players field vision and wrestlers tackling technique that make the transition to the sport the smoothest. Passing backwards is obviously a given, while new players should also quickly learn about knock-ons, offside and illegal play in the rucks and mauls. With those basics grasped the game will become a lot clearer and, importantly, a lot more fun. While getting out and playing games is massively important, it is equally helpful to watch as much footage as possible from around the world.
The internet has made this a lot easier with countless games being hosted on YouTube. In addition ESPN has picked up the rights to some of the greatest club competitions in the world so there is no longer an excuse to not watch the game you are learning. Watch critically and study how the players at your position move on and off the ball to be in the right place at the right time and have an impact on the game.
Rugby is one of the fastest growing sports in the USA and that will only continue to be the case now that it will be played in the Olympics. As a result there are clubs, both established and new, all over the country with a new professional league also in the picture. All these clubs though are looking for new blood and new players, so get onto USARugby. Getting affiliated with a rugby club is a key step for beginning rugby players. Many a teenager believes they can be an NFL head coach thanks to the Madden franchise.
The options when it comes to rugby video games are certainly more limited, but finding and playing one will certainly help with understanding how to play rugby and the nuances of the game. Here is an example of some good tries scored. Notice how the ball is passed backwards and the players make darts towards the defending players. As can be seen from the image above there is a huddle, a bunch of players, bundled together.
This is known as a scrum in rugby. The scrum consists of 8-players. There are some other instances when a scrum will be formed however I will not dive into that since this is a basic introduction to rugby. You may think of the scrum, in the same way as you think of the huddle in American Football. The Forward unit is responsible for the scrum. It is essential to have a strong forward pack unit as they will need to scrum the opposing team away from the ball to get the ball back.
As mentioned above players are not allowed to throw the ball forward, however they are allowed to kick the ball forward Kicking can happen anytime during the match. The Flyhalf usually does most of the kicking but any player is allowed to kick the ball. When the ball gets kicked out of bounds or a player steps out of bound a lineout is formed.
With the opposite team who kicked or step out of bounds getting to throw the ball into the lineout. A lineout can consist of a minimum of 3 players, however there is no limit as to how many players can join the lineout. As a general rule of thumb there are usually between players in the lineout.
A player from the forward group will throw the ball into the lineout. The player who throws the ball into the lineout is the player with number 2 at the back of his jersey, known as the hooker, no pun intended! You can think of the hooker as the snapper in American Football.
Players will then jump to catch the ball, as they jump they are allowed to be lifted assisted by their teammates. Usually the players who jumps to catch the ball are the locks number 4 and 5 although it is common to see other players jump as well. The opposing team is allowed to contest the lineout, jumping to try and catch the ball.
Having a good lineout is crucial to being successful in a match. Not only because the opposing team is allowed to contest the ball but because a lineout happens on average 15 — 20 times per match. Generally the key to having a successful lineout is to have a good number 2 hooker and good tall locks number-4 and number After the try is scored the team gets to kick the ball, known as a conversion attempt.
The conversion kick will be attempted, depending on the angle of which the try was scored, as can be seen on the image below. If the conversion kick is successful it will lead to 2 extra points for the team. Thus a try with a successful conversion is worth 7-points. A penalty is awarded when the opposing team commits a foul, or rule violation. Imagine player A kicking the ball when the ball is kicked and player B is in front of the ball he needs to drop back, if player B continues to advance and try to contest for the ball he is offside.
This is very similar to a soccer offside violation. With the difference being a penalty will be awarded to the opposing team. At this point a ruck has NOT been formed. A handy rugby betting tip for rugby beginners is to compare the strength of the number 7, flanker, to the oppositions flanker. More turnover balls ultimately leads to more points being scored! In rugby all tackles needs to be below the shoulders, if a player tackles the opposing player above his shoulders a penalty will be awarded to the team that was tackled high.
Depending on the severity of the tackle a yellow card may be awarded, which means the player needs to leave the field for minutes. In severe cases a red card can also be awarded, meaning the player needs to leave the game permanently. When a player gets tackled he needs to release the ball i.
This is one of the more common penalties you will see. When a player jumps attempting to catch a ball, and an opposing player tackles or interference with the player trying to catch the ball, a penalty will be awarded to the team that was attempting to catch the ball.
This penalty often happens during open play or in a lineout. When a penalty is awarded the team to which the penalty is awarded gets a choice of four options. When a team chooses to kick for goal, the goal kicker,usually the flyhalf, will try to kick the ball between the goal posts uprights when this happens it will result in 3-points being added to the teams score who kicked the ball. Kicking for goal usually happens when the scores are close together and the ball is in the oppositions territory.
Teams with good goal kickers are usually successful teams. Rugby for beginners, here is a good rugby betting tip for you. When placing a wager ensure the team you are betting on has a good goal kicker. When a penalty is awarded the team also has the option to kick for touch, kicking for touch means that the kicker, kicks the ball out of bounds.
A lineout will be formed where the ball has been kicked out of bounds. With the team who kicked the ball, having the option to throw the ball into the lineout. A team will select to kick for touch when they are deep in their own territory or when the goal kicker is not being successful with his kicks, especially if the kick is on a difficult angle.
A team also has the option to select to scrum when awarded a penalty, although this choice is less common than the two options mentioned above it does happen. By doing this they will try to scrum the opposing team backwards in order for the team to get the ball to their goal line.
Taking a quick tap kick means that the team selects to continue play, this usually happens quickly. Covered above are some of the most common occurrences in a rugby match, while not conclusive the above should give you a good idea as to the basic rules of rugby. Especially if you are new to the game, however the best advice is to read this post and then watch a rugby match or two to get a feel for the game and the rules.