What are the rules of Rugby ?

What are the rules of Rugby ?

Gaurav Agnihotri asked February 17, 2017

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Meenakshi Tripathi February 17, 2017

Rugby is a popular form of football that first developed at the Rugby School in Warwickshire. It is essentially a team game that is played with an oval ball that is carried, kicked and passed around, while points are scored by grounding the ball behind the opponent’s goal line.

Rules of Rugby :

  • While playing rugby, the prime objective of the player is to score more points than the opponent in a span of 80 minutes, which is the allotted time slot for each match.


  • At the end, the team with the highest number of points is awarded the winner’s trophy or cup, except for one case in which a ‘draw’ is called for.


  • The team that has the ball must move up the field in ‘phases of play’, and the ball must not be passed forward. Although the players can run forward with the ball or kick the ball forward to chase it down.


  • The opposition team is supposed to stop the attacking team by retaining the ball.


  • As far as the scoring process is concerned, a ‘Try’ is awarded when a player places the ball down in their opponent’s dead ball area. In this case, 5 points are awarded to the respective team.


  • A conversion is when a free kick is given to the team that manages to earn 2 bonus points. A successful kick needs to pass between the upper post and the top bar on the goal.


  • A penalty kick provides the team with 3 points, and is awarded in case the opposing team causes a breach of rules or infringement.


  • A ‘Drop’ goal can be kicked out of the hand provided the ball bounces first, and this can provide the team with 3 points.


  • A traditional rugby match is broken down into two 40 minute halves with a 10 minute break in between.


  • 2 teams are set up to fight against each other, and each team can start with 15 players and 7 substitutes.


  • The players who are in the ‘attacking mode need to stay behind the ball while it is active, or they could run the risk of being called offside. The players who do not interfere with the play can be placed in front of the ball.

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