Rugby heeft vele fantastische eigenschappen. Één van de mooiste eigenschappen is dat het een sport is voor iedereen, jong, oud, dik, dun, snel, langzaam…
Behalve dat sporten simpelweg goed is voor je gezondheid, zal rugby je nog veel meer mee geven, zelfvertrouwen, discipline, sociale contacten, het maakt je fysiek en mentaal sterker en je zult merken dat dit een positief effect heeft op de rest van je leven.
Rugby geeft je vriendschappen voor het leven, een tweede familie!
A rugby team has 15 positions. Each one wears a specific number and has individual responsibilities:
1 and 3 are the props
2 is the hooker
4 and 5 are the locks
6 and 7 are the flankers
8 is, conveniently enough, the eightman
This group is collectively referred to as the pack or the forwards. This group’s main goal is to win possession of the ball. These players are usually the heavyweights of the team, using their bulk and strength to try to overpower their opponents.
A rugby team has another group as well — the backs or back line:
9 is the scrumhalf
10 is the flyhalf
11 and 14 are the wings
12 and 13 are the inside and outside centers
15 is the fullback
KEY RUGBY TERMS
For the first time rugby player or viewer, the sport can appear to be a chaotic collection of indecipherable movements and haphazard collisions. In reality, rugby is highly technical and organized with specific laws governing all aspects of play. To get you on the right track early, here are the four most important parts of rugby to familiarize yourself with before watching a match.
One or more players from each team, who are on their feet and in contact, close around the ball on the ground. Once a ruck has been formed, players can’t use their hands to get the ball, only their feet.
Scrum: A contest for the ball involving eight players who bind together and push against the other team’s assembled eight for possession of the ball. Scrums restart play after certain minor infractions.
A contest for the ball involving eight players who bind together and push against the other team’s assembled eight for possession of the ball. Scrums restart play after certain minor infractions.
Occurs when a player carrying the ball is held by one or more opponents, and one or more of the ball-carrier’s teammates bind on the ball-carrier. All the players involved are on their feet and moving toward a goal line. Open play has ended.
Looks somewhat like a jump-ball in basketball, with both teams lining up opposite each other, but one team then throws the ball down the middle of the tunnel. Line-outs restart play after the ball, or a player carrying it, has gone out of bounds.
The aim of rugby is to score more points than the opposition. This is done in four different ways:
Try - 5 POINTS
The most valuable play is to score a try, which means touching the ball down in the opponent’s in-goal area or on their goal line. Doing so is worth five points and earns that team the right to attempt a conversion kick.
Conversion kick - 2 POINTS
This kick is worth an additional two points. The conversion kick is taken from a spot in line with where the ball was originally grounded, so scoring as close to the posts as possible is best.
Penalty kick - 3 POINTS
Penalties for various infractions can be used to take a kick at goal, which is worth three points.
Dropped goal - 3 POINTS
A dropped goal, which occurs when the player drops the ball on the ground and then kicks it just as it bounces, is worth three points if it goes through the uprights.