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Lander University Rugby Club

  Get out on the PITCH

Rugby for Beginners

Pill: The ball, Pitch: The Field, Try: 5 point score,


Players - maximum of 15 players on each side. With up to 7 substitutes allowed.

#1,#3 – Props. #2 – Hooker. #4,#5 – Locks. #6,#7 – Flankers. #8 – Number 8. #9 – Scrum Half.  #10 – Fly Half.     #11 – Left Wing. #12 – Inside Center. #13 – Outside Center. #14 – Right Wing.  #15 – Full Back.


Clothing - Rugby gear is shirt, shorts, underwear, socks and boots! – Mouth Guard is optional. Some minimal padding is allowed.


Game Time - Two 40 minute halves, maximum of 10 minutes half-time break. Use any existing weather conditions.


Match Officials - Referee and two touch judges. Being a match official is not easy, officials provide a great service and deserve support.


                                 Very important. Always remember the spirit of the rules of rugby...              

We all make mistakes

What we think we saw/heard is sometimes not what really happened

Just like you, the Match officials are doing their best

Play to the whistle; it may be your advantage.


Object - The object is to beat the opposition by scoring more points. You do this mainly by scoring tries. You are awarded 5 points for each one.

You score a try when you ground the ball in the in goal area of the opposition. Roughly speaking the "in goal" is the area marked out at each end behind the goal posts.

You can also get points by kicking at the goals. It involves kicking the ball both between the uprights and over the cross bar in a number of clearly defined situations.

Score as many tries as possible. The nearer the posts the better. Any player may score a try... you feel terrific when you do it!


Game Play - The ball is kicked to start the game. To make things difficult the odd shaped ball must be bounced before you kick it. It`s called a drop kick

The ball must stay in play (not go over the touch lines) and must travel a minimum of 10 metres. A line on the pitch shows this distance.


During general play the team with possession of the ball are allowed to carry, pass or kick the ball. Any player may carry the ball.

You may carry it pretty much any way you want. You don`t bounce the ball and you mustn`t stuff it up your jumper - or down your shorts!

You may carry the ball in two hands.Or carry it in one hand or arm.

There is no restriction on the number of steps you can take.

There are no limits either, in terms of the time or distance you carry. You may carry it in any direction.


Players in the other team are allowed to tackle, hold, push or grasp the ball carrier but must not tackle or obstruct any other player.

None of your team are allowed to obstruct opposition players, including when they are attempting to tackle your ball carrier.


When you`ve got the ball run straight as you can towards their in-goal - but it`s good if you are elusive! Throwing, passing or giving the ball.

Any player may pass, throw or give it to any another player. It`s called passing.

Usually you will try to make sure it goes to one of your team mates who is in a better position to do something positive with the ball.

Remember, your team wants to get the ball onto or over the opposition goal-line.


The only restriction is that the ball must go across field or backwards. Never forwards If your hands are judged to have directed the ball forward it is a "forward pass" and play may be stopped.

Sometimes you may direct the ball backwards but because of your momentum the ball travels forwards. This not a forward pass and play will continue.

Remember team-mates, pass to them if they are better placed.


Any player may kick the ball any distance in any direction.

In general terms, when it`s on the ground you may dribble it, kick it or hook it backwards with your foot. You must do it safely

If you are holding the ball you may place or drop it onto your foot and kick it. Any safe way is allowed. Forwards, upwards, along the ground, over your shoulder are all fine.

You usually kick for tactical reasons.

Generally speaking team-mates should be behind the kicker when the ball is kicked or they will be "off-side" and may give away a penalty.

There are different ways of kicking, suitable for different situations.

You will generally kick forwards. You want the ball to be as close to their posts as possible and as far away from your posts as possible (so you are more likely to be next to score points).

You kick to gain ground or to avoid being tackled. Once you have kicked you are no longer the ball carrier and must not be tackled.

Kicking usually gives away possession of the ball to the opposition.

You would only kick to avoid being tackled if you are isolated from supporting team mates and likely to lose possession deep in your own territory.

If the ball stays within the playing area anyone who is "onside" may pick it up and continue playing. If the ball goes over the touchline ("goes into touch"), play is restarted with a lineout.

Any player may attempt to score points by kicking a dropped-goal (field goal) during general play. This is done fairly infrequently.

Kick rarely!


Play is continuous unless the rules are broken or the ball goes out of the field of play.

From time to time knots of players form spontaneously and become involved in contests for possession of the ball.

If the ball is on the ground it`s called a ruck and players must bind together and attempt to gain possession by pushing and stepping over the ball (rucking).

If the ball is off the ground it`s called a maul. Players must be bound together. They push and grapple , attempting to gain control of the ball (mauling) . A maul must keep moving or play will be stopped.


Even when a player breaks the rules play may continue if that is to the advantage of the opposing team. If there is no advantage a penalty kick is awarded for a serious offence or a scrum is set up for a minor offence.

A scrum is when the 8 forwards from each team pack down, head to head in one mass. The ball is put into the centre of the mass and the players attempt to win control with their feet and legs. No handling in the scrum!


Play also stops when the ball goes out of play over the touch-lines. It is restarted with a lineout where the ball is thrown in beteen the two lines of opposing players who leap to catch it.


Enjoy yourself.


Very, very basic rugby - make sure you are on the winning team much more often than not...learn to sidestep

Sports Science - the science of a scrum. Rugby is a wonderful game, but do not let it fool you. Rugby can be very dangerous if you do not know what you are doing. If you do not understand your role or can not perform your duties correctly you could seriously injure yourself, team mate or apposing player. Please have fun playing rugby but take caution in playing the game.

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