Rugby is an incredibly exciting and full contact sport. For generations, people have enjoyed playing the game. If you are looking to play rugby, you should first understand some of the basic rules and regulations of the game. The basic premise of the game is to beat the opposing team by scoring more points. Seem simple! This objective is achieved primarily through scoring tries. Each try scored is awarded five points. To get a try, you need to ground the ball in the opposing team’s ingoal area. These areas are marked out at each end directly behind the goal posts. Points can also be awarded through kicking at the goals. If a player were to kick the ball between both the uprights in addition to over the cross bar, they would score points. The goal is to score as many tries as possible. The closer you are to the posts when you score the posts, the better. The best part is, there is not a single designated player who is able to score. Any player is allowed to try to score and you will feel amazing when you do it!
To start off the game, there is a kick-off. This means that the ball is kicked right into the field. The ball must stay in play. This means that it cannot go over the touch lines. The ball must travel a minimum of 10 meters. There is a line on the pitch which signifies the distance. The team with the possession of the ball during general play is allowed to carry, pass, or kick the ball. We will now go into further detail about moving the ball around the field while playing. The player is allowed quite a bit of freedom to move the ball practically anywhere they would like. One limitation is that you cannot bounce the ball and you cannot stuff it up your shirt or down your shorts. Believe it or not, some professional rugby players have tried it! You are allowed to carry the ball in two hands. This form of carrying is known as a two hand carry. There is also the one arm carry which is when the ball is placed in one of the players arms and travels throughout the field in that position. There is not a restriction on the number of steps you can take as there is basketball.
There are no limitations which prevent the player from the amount of time or distance in which you carry the ball. There are also no limitations for the direction it is carried in. Players on the opposing team are allowed to tackle, however. They are allowed to hold, push, or grasp the player carrying the ball. They cannot, however, tackle or obstruct any other player. The offensive team is not allowed to obstruct the opposing players. This
includes when they are attempting to tackle the ball carrier. If you find yourself with the ball, you have a few options, You can pass the ball, throw it to another player, and give it to another player. Typically you will want to ensure that it goes to one of your teammates positioned in a better spot to do something with the ball to score your team more tries.
The only restriction is that you must allow the ball to go across the field and backwards. At no point should you ever pass forwards. There are instances when you can direct the ball backwards, but due to momentum and physics, the ball might be lunged forward.
All in all, rugby is a fascinating sport that everyone should try at least once in their lifetime.