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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The Rugby Fitness Routine

One of the most interesting athletic competitions in the world today is rugby. It takes a lot of wits to win the game. Rugby is a most enjoyable sport that requires a lot of serious conditioning too. Many who play it would argue that for the most part, they spend an even bigger amount of time working on their physique.

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The main principle in maintaining a rugby-worthy frame is to bulk up. Here are a few elements that are simply indispensable to the rugby fitness routine.

1. Pump a lot of iron. Rugby players are also body builders. There simply is no other way to maintain a hulky frame but to beef up. Muscles get big because of them undergoing resistance that is greater than the normal weight of human limbs. There simply is no sense in doing free weights if you are a rugby player. Quite frankly, if you are not bent on lifting weights, maybe rugby is not the right sport for you.

2. Use the medicine ball a lot. The medicine ball has proven to be a perfect tool for familiarizing the body with the dynamics of using an external object to do work, which is also typical in ball handling sports like football and even basketball. This trains the body to attain stability and balance, and it also adds flexibility to the torso.

3. Run the field. Rugby is about carrying the ball and barging through opponents. Your strength may be your biggest asset, but if you can’t run, then that makes it one degree easier for your opponents to beat you.

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These methods are inclusive in a rugby player’s routine, and ultimately these will help you become fit enough to be in the game.

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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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Rugby Basics: The Core Skills

Like any other sport, there are certain skills you must possess and hone to become a better player. It’s not enough to be good; you have to aim to be the best you can be. Here are the core skills you need to learn to be a pro Rugby player:

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From how to grip the ball properly, to passing and catching the ball, mastering these basics can make all the difference. Practice a firm two-handed or one-handed grip on the rugby ball and do some drills for catching and passing. Whatever position you’re in, you have to be adept in these basic skills.

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You have to be fast but you also have to know when to slow down. Proper control and balance is a must for a rugby player. Focus on the key running skills like acceleration, deceleration, and changing directions.


A player should know a variety of ways to tackle their opponent by practicing the techniques in different situations. This is highly important and each player should be competent even in one-on-one scenarios.

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 25: Willie le Roux of South Africa tackled by Charles Piutau of New Zealand during The Castle Lager Rugby Championship 2015 match between South Africa and New Zealand at Emirates Airline Park on July 25, 2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)
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Practice games and actual games are vastly different so it’s a good idea to train decision-making skills as well. Being able to make decisions while under pressure can be crucial to the results of the game.

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