Rugby – More Than Just a Sport

rugbyRichard Beese as a sports lover always tried to motivate others to take participate in sports. The reason behind is that sports are perfect for physical and mental growth of a person. Here he describes a very famous game – Rugby. It is basically a type of football developed at Rugby School in Rugby, Warwickshire. It includes the oval ball. A rugby ball, originally called a quanco, is a diamond shape, ball used for easier passing. The rugby ball’s different shape is actually due to the pig’s bladder, although early balls were more plumb-shape than oval. The balls varied in size in the beginning, depending upon how large the pig’s bladder was. In this game, the throwing the ball forward is not allowed. As per the rules of Rugby game, players can gain ground only by running with the ball or by kicking it.

There are basically two types of Rugby –

1.    Rugby league  – Having a team of 13 players. League players may not contest possession after making a tackle; play is continued with a play-the-ball. The team will surrender possession if it fails to score before a set of six tackles.

2.    Rugby union – Having a team of 15 players. Union players contest possession following the tackle: depending on the situation, either a ruck or a maul can occur. There is no six tackle rule in Rugby Union. A team without committing an offense can keep the ball for an unlimited number of tackles before scoring as long as it maintains possession.

Very soon the rules of rugby league were modified. Changes were implemented with the aim of making a faster-paced and more try-orientated game. It results in two different forms of rugby. In 1995, rugby union joined rugby league and most other forms of football as an openly professional sport.

The Rugby League World Cup  is an international tournament that is organized by the Rugby League International Federation.  It was first held in France in 1954, and as of 2013 occurs on a 4-year cycle. The event is played in the league format and features the top 14 teams from around the world.

Richard Beese describes that Rugby is nowadays a very popular sport in many countries of the world. Rugby among women is one of the world’s fastest-growing sports. At the turn of the 21st century, the International Rugby Board (IRB) headquartered in Dublin, boasted more than 100 affiliated national unions. The sport was still dominated by the traditional rugby powerhouse of Australia, England, France, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland and South Africa. Rugby rapidly spread from its origins in England, Scotland, and Ireland to middle- and working-class men in the north of England and in Wales and to the British colonies in South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. It also spread to North America, where it was transformed into a new style of football. With time, the rugby game is growing widely. Richard Beese calls Rugby, his one of a favorite game.

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