"Rugby is more than a sport. It's a passion. It’s a disease you catch that infects your very core."
-The San Francisco Fog. R.F.C
What is Rugby?
In order to understand rugby you first have forget any comparison that you have ever made to the sport itself. Many people attempt to define rugby by saying that it is a mix between football and soccer; but that doesn't actually define rugby as a sport. Rugby is much more than a mixture of two sports, in fact, rugby is an entirely different sport with its own identity. For starters, rugby is played on a pitch (fancy name for field). Your kit, or gear, consists of a jersey, rugby shorts, spandex, socks, cleats, a mouth guard, and an optional scrum cap. Both teams attempt to score by advancing the ball up the pitch by either backward/lateral passes or kicks. Once the ball is physically touched down, a try is scored. There are also other methods of scoring such as kicking the ball between the goal posts. Scrums and lineouts (set pieces) are what most people visualize when thinking about rugby. These pieces are very common methods for restarting the game, since game play does not stop with each tackle or turnover of the ball. Below, you will find more information about rugby rules, game play, attire, positions, and gear.