So you decided to join rugby and you're wondering "What the hell did I get myself into?"
You've heard it's like football with no pads, mix in a little soccer and sprinkle in some crazyness and viola, rugby.
Check out our Rugby 101 section for more information, or watch this short video on the basics of Rugby:
Suffolk Bull Moose Rugby is a Rugby Union team (most USA rugby teams play Rugby Union)
- 8 Forwards ("The Pack") - responsible to gain/regain control of the ball through tackles, scrums and line-outs.
- Front Row: 2 Props and Hooker, props hold up the hooker so s/he can hook the ball through the scrum
- Second Row: 2 Lock Forwards, main drive in a scrum, usually the tallest jumpers
- Loose Forwards: 2 Flankers and "8 man", first to unbind from the scrum and tackle opposition
- 7 Backs - responsible for creating scoring opportunities
- Scrum-half: responsible for moving the ball from the Forwards to the Backs
- Fly Half: First in line to receive the ball from the Scrum-half, sets the play up
- Center: Inside-center, outside center, run plays to get the ball out to the wings
- Wings: Left and Right outside players, fastest to score tries
- Full back: Last line of defense (no pressure), able to tackle and kick
- Two 40 minute halves
- Rugby is constant. No breaks to reset from a forward to back play. No breaks for getting tackled, just get back up.
- 100 meters long (330 ft), 70 meters wide (230 ft) - football field is 360 x 160 ft
- Things to remember: The 22 and 10 meters
- "Goal Posts" is an H-shaped post - similiar to Football
- Try: 5 points. A try is rewarded when a player enters the "try zone" and PLACES the ball down.
- Conversion kick: 2 points. Following a try, ball is kicked between the posts.
- Penalty Kick or Drop Goal/"Field Goal": 3 points. May take place anytime during the game.
Ruck, Maul, Scrum, Tackle, Line-outs: All sound kinda dirty but are just another part of rugby