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RUGBY VALUES

INTEGRITY

Integrity is central to the fabric of the game and is generated through honesty and fair play.

PASSION

Rugby people have a passionate enthusiasm for the game. Rugby generates excitement, emotional attachment and a sense of belonging to the global rugby family.

SOLIDARITY

Rugby provides a unifying spirit that leads to life-long friendships, camaraderie, teamwork, and loyalty which transcends cultural, geographic, political and religious differences.

DISCIPLINE

Discipline is an integral part of the game both on and off the field and is reflected through adherence to the laws, the
regulations and rugby’s core values.

RESPECT

Respect for team-mates, opponents, match officials and those involved in the game is paramount.

WHAT IS RUGBY?

Rugby is a team sport that delivers significant social and health benefits. It can also be a physically demanding sport and players should be physically and mentally prepared and understand how to play safely. It is the responsibility of all - players, coaches, and parents - to ensure that a positive, safe, enjoyable environment is created where ALL players will be able to reach their fullest potential, and that – whatever form of the game you play - the training and education materials and equipment are there to support everyone in creating that environment.

WHO CAN PLAY RUGBY?

Rugby is a game for all shapes and sizes and that is one of the sport’s main strengths and attractions because the sum of a team’s parts is always greater than any one individual. In rugby, there are forwards, whose role and job it is generally to win the ball from the opposition and compete at most of the more contact-driven areas such as the scrum, the lineout, the ruck and the maul. Forwards tend to be heavier, more powerful players and also taller for winning the ball at the line-out and the restart.

There are also backs, who tend to be a bit faster and whose game is based more on taking advantage of the space created by the forwards’ hard work. Even among the backs, there are players who need to be better at passing, kicking, strategizing and simply running, so whatever size or shape, age or gender you are, there should be a position ready-made for you.

It’s worth pointing out that in the Olympic sport of Rugby Sevens – where there are seven players on each team – there are also forwards and backs. These players still perform distinct jobs, but in general, the players are of a more similar size and shape overall because the non-stop nature of the game leads to a different kind of fitness requirement.

There are also non-contact forms of Rugby such as touch and tag, meaning that there really is a form of the Game for all abilities, shapes, and sizes.

WHY CAN YOU ONLY PASS THE BALL BACKWARDS IN RUGBY?

In rugby, you need to move forwards to score, by carrying the ball over the opponents’ goal line and forcing it to the ground to score, but it's true that you are only allowed to pass the ball backward by hand. A player may pass (throw the ball) to a team mate who is in a better position to continue the attack, but the pass must not travel towards the opposing team’s goal line. It must travel either directly across the field, or back in the direction of the passer’s own goal line. By carrying the ball forwards and passing backward, a territory is gained. If a forward pass is made, the referee will stop the game and award a scrum with the throw-in going to the team which was not in possession.

This apparent contradiction creates a need for fine teamwork and great discipline, as little can be achieved by any one individual player. Only by working as a team can players move the ball forward towards their opponents’ goal line and eventually go on to win the game. The ball can be kicked forwards, but even then the kicker’s team mates must be behind the ball at the moment the ball is kicked.

WHAT’S THE POINTS SYSTEM IN RUGBY?

You can score different numbers of points depending on what you do in the game.

Try - 5 points - A try is scored when the ball is grounded over the opponents’ goal line in the in-goal area. A penalty try can be awarded if a player would have scored a try but for foul play by the opposition.

Conversion - 2 points - After scoring a try, that team can attempt to add two further points by kicking the ball over the crossbar and between the posts from a place in line with where the try was scored.

Penalty - 3 points - When awarded a penalty after an infringement by the opposition, a team may choose to kick at goal.
Drop goal - 3 points - A drop goal is scored when a player kicks for goal in open play by dropping the ball onto the ground and kicking it on the half-volley.

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