What is Rugby?
- 100 meters x 70 meters
- Extra 22 meters on each end for the try zone
- 15 players on the field (8 forwards and 7 backs)
- Only allowed 7 substitutions; once a player is subbed out they may not go back in
- Two 40 minute halves; 5 minute half time and no time outs
- Try – 5 points; the ball is touched to the ground (“grounded”) in the other teams try zone.
- Conversion – 2 points; a kick through the posts/uprights after a try is scored. The kick is taken on a line (parallel to where the ball was touched ) which passes through the place where the ball was grounded. Thus, grounding the ball “between the posts” makes for an easier conversion attempt than if the ball is grounded near the side-line.
- Drop Goal – 3 points; ‘drop kicking’ the ball through the opponent’s posts at anytime during play.
- Penalty Kick – 3 points; place-kicking the ball through the opponent’s posts following an infraction by the other team. Penalty kicks must be taken from the point of the infraction.
- Starts with kick-off from the middle of the field and must travel at least 10 meters
- Play is continuous and free-flowing
- The ball can be advanced by throwing (backwards or parallel) and kicking
- When a player is tackled to the ground the ball must be released
- Players without the ball can not be tackled or interfered with