There are many Singaporeans who love to watch and even play rugby. For some, rugby is an easy to understand game – see which team scores or loses the ball. However, it does not end there. It is important that you learn many things before deploying yourself into the field. There are many rules that govern the game and for newbies, it might be a little confusing.
Take time in learning few things about it to be successful. Here are basic rules that you need to know before actually playing rugby:
Grounds: What is different about rugby grounds is that it has lines everywhere. Some are dashed some are solid. You need time to be familiar with the grounds. For example the red dashed line is the space from the touch line to the lineout’s front. The purple dashed line on the other hand signifies the minimum distance for restart kicks or kick offs.
Equipment: You only need the ball. Rugby is interesting because of its odd shape. It is not round. With the right knowledge, you will know where the ball is going to bounce so you can catch it.
Players: There will be a maximum of fifteen players in the team and there will be seven substitutes permissible.
Clothing: Of course you need to consider proper clothing. Standard gear includes shorts, socks and boots. The most important item is boots so it is important that you feel comfortable wearing it for optimum playing experience. As to the stud length, it should not exceed more than 21 mm.
Time: There will be two forty-minute halves with ten minutes break.
Match officials: In rugby, there will always be a referee and 2 touch judges. Being an official is not easy so they your support.
Points: The points will depend on kick goals and tries. Points are also awarded depending on the method. For example, a penalty try will give cost or earn you 5 points, conversion 2 points, penalty goal 3 points and drop goal 3 points.
Fouls: Fouls refer to instances where you play against the rules of the game. Players should know to be fair to keep injuries minimal.
Now that you know things about rugby, it is time that you physically enjoy the game. Actually there are plenty of things left uncovered like the starts, restarts, tackles and the like. If you have plenty of time and eager to learn, look for another soul with the same passion. There are many rugby fanatics around. Look for a group or club then start enjoying the game.