Rugby football, just like any other sport has its own long and colorful history. It is a beloved sport played by many different people, from different age groups and from everywhere in the globe. Due to the widespread influence of rugby, there might be some facts and information which you do not know. Here are some of those facts that might help you love this sport even more.
Fact One. The sport of rugby itself is said originated back in the year 1823 at the Rugby School, Warcwickshire, England. It is also said that William Webb Ellis started it all. According to legends, in the middle of a game of soccer, Webb reportedly caught the ball with his hands and ran towards the goal of his opponent. Although there is not much hard evidence to back up this claim, the concept of what William Webb Ellis did was so popular that debates about ball carrying rules began to crop up. Many people argued that what he did should be considered as a variation of football. Eventually, the game of rugby was developed and by 1845, the first ever and original Rugby rules was drafted. Additionally, due to the popularity of the legend, the international committee decided to name the Rugby World Cup as the William Webb Ellis Trophy!
Fact Two. Have you ever asked yourself why rugby balls are oval-shaped? And where did the concept come from? To answer your question, the first ever rugby ball was created by someone called Richard Lindon. He made it out of hand stitched pig bladders and leather casings. Apparently, pig bladders are naturally inclined to be oval shaped. In 1892, the oval-shaped balls replaced the more spherical shaped ones.
Fact Three. The Rugby team of New Zealand called, The All Blacks, are considered as successful and famous rugby team in the world. Before any of their matches, they perform an AKA, which is a Maori war dance that is only performed by cultural groups and tribes within their country.
Fact Four. Despite the fact that The All Blacks are widely considered and recognized as the greatest Rugby team, the USA Rugby team is still the current reigning Olympic Rugby champions. This is due to the fact that they were the last ones to win in 1924 where onwards, the sport was no longer played at an Olympic level.
Fact Five. The concept of a ‘try’ is unique to the sport of rugby. Originally, it was called so because a player would not receive any points when they crossed the line. However, they did get the opportunity to try to kick it to the goal. Internationally, the player who has scored the greatest amount of tries is Ohata, Daisuke of Japan. He has been able to score 69 tried within 58 matches.
These are just some interesting facts about Rugby Football. As mentioned, it has a long and colorful history all across the globe therefore it is very rich in information and fun facts which you might not be aware of. Try to do your own research and gather more information about this sport and come to love it even more.
For anyone who is already aware of American Football, Rugby Football should be a pretty easy concept to grasp and understand. The main purpose of the sport of rugby is to carry the ball, which is made out of inflated pigskin, over the goal line of the opponent or to kick it over a goal post with consistency. However, unlike American Football, the rules of rugby are relatively simple and less in number. For instance, rugby action cannot be stopped until someone has scored, until the ball is out of the boundaries or if someone breaks the rules. Furthermore, rugby teams do not huddle together in order to formulate a strategy since there are no units for defense, offense and special teams. An excellent rugby team, also called as side, can instantly respond to various offensive and defensive situations. Each player within the team moves independently according to his role, but at the same time collectively for the total effect. Here are some basic concepts in the sport of rugby.
The Players – Forwards and Backs
Every rugby team is made up of eight forward players and seven back players. Every player on the pitch, or field, can get the ball and run with it, kick it or pass it any time. Additionally, everyone is expected to be on defense once the opposing team holds the ball. Typically, it is the task of the forwards to ensure control of the ball. They are tasked to either pass it to the backs or to advance it themselves. The ball could be moved or advanced three ways – it can be passed backward or laterally, carried forward or it can be kicked. In the event that the backfield play fails, the rugby forward players, unlike football linemen, can handle the ball and becomes an offensive force themselves.
Rugby games continue on where American football games stop because in rugby, there are no ‘first downs’. Also, rugby players are expected to keep on playing until the whistle is blown. However, if the player carrying the ball is tackled and is actually brought down to the ground, he must relinquish his hold on the ball. A teammate or one of the players on the opposing team may take advantage, gain possession of the ball and continue the game. However, once he regains his footing, the player who was tackled himself may once again play the ball.
The Scoring System
The game is started with a kickoff performed at the mid-field that should reach at least 10 yards. When one team becomes successful in passing the goal line of the opponent, and once they are able to touch and bring the ball to the ground, this effort is termed as a try and is equivalent to five points. The ball should fully touch the ground since passing the goal line is not enough to earn a point. Furthermore, once a try is successful, a conversion kick is given which presents an opportunity for two additional points. The kick can be attempted in the ground, and anywhere alongside a line which is perpendicular to the goal line from the place where the try occurred (where the ball touched down). Two extra kicks can add points to the scoreboard at any time within the game.
These are just some of the basic concepts in rugby football. If you want to have a fun time, if you enjoy a challenge or if you simply want to bond with your friends, then rugby football is definitely the right choice for you!
Rugby Football, just like any other sport, has its risks. Thankfully, with the help of our modern technology, innovations are being made and new products are produced in order to minimize these said risks. These innovations are created in order to guarantee not just the safety of the players, but also to provide them with comfort while playing. Also, some of these creations were invented in order to help the general public enjoy the sport even more. Here are some of the latest technologies connected to Rugby Football out in the market today.
The AirFibr Technology. AirFibr is a unique and distinctive hybrid turf technology, which was designed for top level rugby and football pitches and for some other multifunctional arenas. It is the latest in the generation of hybrid sports turf. It is 100% made out of natural turf, which is anchored in an artificial root zone. Additionally, AirFibr is the first sports turf technology, which allows a simultaneous optimization of the following: energy restitution, shock absorption and yield point. AirFibr also has a very unique soil mechanical behavior which has a significant impact on the limbs of the players. In fact, a biomechanics study was carried out by the LBM (Laboratory of Biomechanics) of ENSAM Paris and they have proven that AirFibr does indeed allow a substantial reduction in the risk of injuries for players. Here are some points proven by this study: lower risk of injuries to the head, lower risk of tiring knees and ankles and a lower risk of ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) injuries.
Rugby Football Shoes. Excellent footwear is very important when playing rugby football and manufacturers aim to provide you with as much comfort as possible. One of the greatest revolutions in the shoe making industry is the Wave technology. Wave technology, since its creation, has continually changed the design of running shoes. With the help of the unique shape provided by Wave technology, impact is dissipated and is forced away from the foot which enables a smoother and more cushioned feel on every step you take. Some other shoes that you should consider are the following. First, the X-10 – it allows longer wear in areas which are high impact and it also provides excellent traction at the heel strike. There is also the DynamotionFit footwear. The Dynamotion™ Fit system utilizes the latest biomechanics and motion capture technology. With the help of this system, this shoe will work with your foot throughout your entire gait cycle. These are just some shoes which you should consider.
Hawk-Eye Technology. World Rugby is working hand in hand with Hawk-Eye Innovation and the host broadcaster, ITV for the 2015 Rugby World Cup to trial an innovative video review technology. The sole purpose of this is to see how this new technology can improve player welfare at the same time, strengthening the efficiency and accuracy of the TMO (television match official) decision-making process. They are also considering this new technology since the World Rugby is committed in ensuring the best possible service that they could give to the different teams and fans. With the help of the Smart Replay Technology of Hawk-Eye, enhanced simultaneous slow motion and angle replays in real-time are accessible.
Rugby is increasingly getting popular and with these, manufacturers are doing their best to create products which would meet the current demands. With the help of new innovations and our modern technology, Rugby Football is now better than ever!
The history and roots of rugby football and some other ball games can be traced back to ancient England. As early as the Tenth Century, great mobs involved themselves in games wherein they kick and throw an inflated pig bladder through town squares and streets. Opposing villages competed against each other and it was pretty much a free for all – the only rule was that there should be no murder or manslaughter. These games were frowned upon by the authorities and no less than nine European monarchs banned it. This was back in the 12th and 13th Century. Although, the kings were not really opposed to the violence and destruction of property – they were more concerned with the fact that it was distracting the men from their military training. However, despite all of these, the game continued to flourish and began to evolve into different variations. One of those is rugby football.
During the late 1700s and early 1800s, these games became more civilized and it became a common way to pass the time at English school for boys. Despite the fact that these games still have very loose rules, it was still understood that running with the ball is illegal. However, this all changed in 1823 when a local boy from Town House was called William-Webb-Ellis, he picked the ball and ran fast while holding it. Many are still skeptical whether the legend of Webb Ellis is true or not and in fact, the debate over whether or not the ball can be carried continued for well over 40 years. However, on October 26, 1863, representatives from 11 different schools and clubs met at Freemason Tavern in London in order to decide all the official rules of the game once and for all. One club called Blackheath decided to withdraw from the debate after the group voted to not allow hacking an opponent or running with the ball. Some other schools also went on to form what is now known as the association football (soccer). This is where the break between soccer and rugby became official.
Original Ball and Key Words
The original Rugby ball was once round, but it eventually changed shape over time and is now oval-shaped. It also used to vary in sizes, which were dependent on the pig bladder they were made from. A local boot maker named Gilberts eventually decided to take up ball making to supply different schools. Eventually, other ball makers cropped up, but Lindon was the most notable since it was this maker that invented the pump and the inflatable inner. Also there are many key words today that also originated here. For instance, the term ‘try’ came from the days when a touchdown did not score points, but instead, it allowed an attempt for a kick at goal. Furthermore, the terms ‘knock on’, ‘offside’, ‘goal line’ and ‘touch’ first came from the original School rules of football.
The history of football – rugby is long and spotty in some areas. In fact, it is still unsure whether the legend of what Web Ellis did is true or not, however it remains to be a popular view. So much is its popularity that the international committee did in fact name the Rugby World Cup as the William Webb Ellis Trophy. Despite all of these, throughout history it can be clearly seen that Rugby is a beloved sport across the globe!