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Rugby 101

How in the world does rugby work? What are the basics to this highly physical game?  Get ready for your Rugby 101.


*No prior knowledge of the game required. 

Rugby Basics

About Rugby 15s 

Fifteens is played with 15 players on each side of the ball who compete for 80-minutes (two 40 minute halves) in individual matches through the year. Two teams of 15 players have that 80 minutes to advance the ball past the opposing team's side of the pitch and touch it to the ground for a score worth 5 points called a try. After each try, the scoring team is allowed an opportunity to kick the ball through the posts for an additional 2 points (conversion). Certain penalties also earn the non-offending team a kick through the posts, worth 3 points (penalty) if made.


Participants may only pass the ball backwards or sideways with no blocking allowed; using a variety of phases such as lineouts, mauls, rucks and scrums to retain possession during play. Rugby is unique in that play is continuous even after players are tackled on the field. Kicking is the only method by which both teams may move the ball forward.  At the conclusion of the match, the team with the most points wins.


Fundamentals of Rugby


No rugby Experience is necessary to start.


Everyone plays offense and defense and handles the ball


Players move the ball down the field supporting one another with sideways or backward passes. 


Blocking isn't allowed


Only the player with the ball can be tackled 

Rugby Terms

Become familiar with the commonly used terms

Team Positions

Dedication. Expertise. Passion.

Each number is assigned a position and play

About Rugby 7s

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