The Basics of Rugby Union
Rugby Union, also commonly called simply rugby, is an all-out contact sport which originated in England in the mid 19th century. Among the two codes of rugby, it’s based entirely on tackling with the ball after a throw-in. The game of rugby union has become hugely popular in the United States and other parts of the world. It’s often compared to soccer since both involve lots of running and physical contact. Although soccer is played using the ball, rugby union actually uses the “ball” in many ways, such as grounding the kick. However, unlike soccer, rugby union is played without the ball, called “parleying”.
There are several different types of kicks that a player can perform during a rugby union game, ranging from field goal kicks to speculative kicks off the wall. If the ball isn’t kicked towards the goal or into the center of the goal, the opposing teams get one point each. However, if the ball is kicked straight up towards the opponents’ goal, the team scores three points. In addition, when a kick is made from a free kick position, called “parleying”, the opposing team receives one point for having touched the ball before it was “caught” by the team. The game is typically played to earn a single point per game, although this varies depending on the rules of the game.
Because rugby union is a contact sport, a lot of skill is required; consequently, many young people sign up and train in various rugby leagues and schools, hoping one day to make it big in the sport. However, even though rugby union is generally a fun sport, some people (especially men) find it hard to perform well in it due to physical demands, such as kicking the ball very hard. Fortunately, there are now a number of rugby league and other physical fitness camps around the world, which can help those looking for some training to improve their game. In fact, even those who play rugby professionally, such as American players David Carter and Bryan Ruiz, are now regularly attending these camps to keep in shape and keep their bodies in top condition for their rugby league careers.