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What is Rugby? PDF Print

Rugby is very similar to American Football only no pads are worn, there is no blocking, you can only pass backwards, and play never stop.

It is a continuous game whereby two teams carry, pass, kick and ground the ball in order to score as many points as possible, with the team scoring the greater number of points being the winner.

In Senior rugby (and under 19s), 15 people play at a time per side, each of which have specific duties as a player. Players are usually talked about in respect to two categories. Members of the first group are called the forwards, or the pack, and consist of the first eight players. Members of the second group are called the backs, and consist of the remaining players, numbered 9 to fifteen.

If a player is tackled to the ground they must release the ball, which usually results in a ruck. If a player is held while standing, a maul will usually be formed. The purpose of the ruck or maul is so that the game can continue without any stoppage in play.

The line-out and scrum are two key distinguishing factors to the game of Rugby Union. A scrum occurs when there is an accidental infringement and a line-out occurs when the ball goes out of bounds. Both of these are methods of restarting the game.

A try is scored when a player places the ball in the opposition's in-goal area. It is counted as 5 points and can be converted to an additional 2 points with a successful place kick or drop kick. Points may also be awarded from a drop kick in general play and a penalty kick. Both are worth 3 points.

Check out the below video.  It is actually from PS2 Rugby 2005 Video game but it does a really good job explaining some of the basics of Rugby.  Also check about the "Video" menu item at the top of this page for many other videos about rugby.


Is Rugby Dangerous? PDF Print

Rugby is as safe as any contact sport out there. Because rugby players don't wear heavy "protective" equipment, rugby players are more aware of their physical position, particularly their head, neck and shoulders. By playing for possession of the ball, not yardage, and the rule of no blocking, players are less likely to be injured by other players.

For more on rugby safety, read this short article written by Dr. Lyle J. Mitchell, past president of the American College of Sports Medicine.  Click HERE.

Also check out this study which compares rugby injuries rates to that of other comparable sports, such as football.  Click HERE.

Just in case there is a problem we will have a certified athletic trainer at every game.  Saftey our players is our first priority!

What type of rugby do we play? PDF Print

If you start searching around the Internet you may find that there are mainly three different types of rugby played, Rugby Union, Rugby League, and Rugby 7s.  We play what is commonly referred to as Rugby Union (15s) and is the most commonly played style of rugby.

High School rugby does vary slightly from normal IRB rules however.  To make the game a bit safer for our younger players there are some limitations on scrums and other plays that High School teams must follow.