Fun Facts About The Sport Of Rugby

Those getting into rugby football would do well to know that the sport has a rich history that’s divided into the codes: the rugby union and the rugby league. Originating in England, both codes (as well as rugby’s other variations like Gridiron and association football) are now wholly different sports popular in many countries all over the world. Below are some interesting trivia about the game.

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This sport is actually named after a school. Rugby School in Warwickshire, UK, is the birthplace of rugby. It was originally played more like soccer until a student named William Webb Ellis ran with the ball in 1823. But this won’t become the rule until many years later.

The earliest reference to rugby football in the Oxford English Dictionary dates back to 1852, and rugby balls were initially shaped like plums as they were made from pig bladders. The rugby union code first played internationally in January 1871, won’t become an official professional sport until 1995.

At one time, the sport involved hundreds of players, as there were no limits to the number of players per team. In fact, in a game between Rugby School and Queen Adelaide in 1839, one side had 75 players and the other 225.

Rugby history is not without its set of thrills and drama. In 2003, England won the rugby World Cup with just 26 seconds remaining in extra time, after Jonny Wilkinson’s drop goal for a 20-17 win over Australia.

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How To Balance Working And Working Out

Balancing work and your personal life can be difficult. One thing that has helped me is to always remind myself that I “work to live, not live to work.” This can be hard at times, especially now that I have a demanding job that’s physically exhausting. However, to maintain good health I make sure that I squeeze in some time for workouts.

Here’s what you can do to balance work and working out.

Schedule your workouts

And stick to it. It’s often tempting to skip your scheduled workout sessions and just crash into your bed after work. You’ll get used to it in no time. Having an organized planner can make all the difference in making time for all your appointments. There are many apps out there designed to do just that.

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Pack your gym bag in advance

Being prepared and ready to exercise is a great way to weed out some excuses why you can’t stay fit and be active. When we get home, we usually just want to rest, so preparing to go to the gym could be the last thing on our minds. Pack your gym clothes in advanced and leave it in your car or your locker.

Have someone go with you (optional)

If you can, have someone go with you. It’s a lot better if there’s more than yourself to motivate you to go to the gym. Set a goal together and help each other reach it.

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Rugby Basics: The Different Positions And Their Roles

Before the game took off and had its own set of rules, there was no limit to how many players can join in a game of rugby at a time. Eventually, as the game became widespread, a fixed number of players became necessary. This allowed players to pick their preferred positions and develop particular skill sets. Now, the official number of players in a rugby game is 15 and they are grouped into two major groups:

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Forwards are usually the heavier and bulkier players because these positions require strength and endurance. In a team, there should be 8 forwards: loose and tight props, a hooker, two locks, two flankers, and the number 8. The first three occupy the front row in a scrum. The goal in a scrum is to bind together to push back the opposing team. In the second row, the two locks complete the “tight five”, the collective term for the 5 players that should be tightly bonded during a scrum. The back row consists of the two flankers and the number 8. The flankers have one arm around each of the lockers while the big number 8 binds the two lockers together with both arms.

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The backs are the more agile members of the team and there should be 7 of them. These are usually the smaller and faster members and they tend to be more elusive and difficult to catch. The goal of the backs is to find the hole in the opposing team’s defense. Backs need to be good at handing the ball and they need to be able to run. There are two half-backs: the scrum half, who links the forwards and backs and the fly half, who is the one calling the shots. The other backs are the three-quarters and the full back. The latter is considered to be the last line of defense.

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