Volume 91, Issue 8

Wednesday, September 10, 1997

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Rugby for dummies

Originated: England

Players on field per team: 15

Field dimensions: 100m x 69m

Goal size:3m high x 5.6m wide

Ball size: 61cm in circumference at widest point

Objective: To carry the ball past the opposing team's goal line or to kick the ball over the crossbar of the opponents' goal posts

Key Terms

In touch – When the ball goes out-of-bounds. To place the ball back in play, eight players from each team line up perpendicularly to the out-of-bounds or 'touch' line. At that time a player on the opposing team of the one who last touched the ball in play, throws the ball in between the two lines and the two teams struggle to gain possession of the ball.

Scrum – When a player is tackled or play is interrupted by the referee a scrum is subsequently called. This involves eight players from each team massing together while facing each others' opposing goal lines. The ball is then dropped into the scrum and each team tries to 'heel' the ball back to the players behind the scrum.

Try – One of the scoring methods in rugby accomplished when a player crosses the opposing team's goal line with the ball. While advancing towards the team's goal, the players cannot pass the ball forward, but rather pass the ball in a backwards direction while advancing down the field. A try in rugby is worth four points.

Conversion – After a try is scored the team has the opportunity to kick the ball over the opponent's crossbar for a two-point conversion.

Penalty kick – Another method of scoring. Instead of running the ball past the goal line for a try it involves kicking the the ball over the crossbar for a penalty kick worth three points.

–Mike Sikorski

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