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Saturday, 06 January 2007 23:48

Rugby

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Rugby is distinguished from North American football in that the ball can only be passed backwards, not forward. The aim of the game is to obtain as many points as possible by carrying, passing, kicking and grounding the ball.

Players can only pass the ball backward, gaining ground by either running with the ball or by kicking it. Points are scored by carrying the ball across the opponents' goal line and touching the ground (a "try"), or by kicking the ball through goal posts (a "conversion") at the opponent's end of the field.

The wide variation of skills and physical requirements needed for the game mean that there is an opportunity for individuals of every shape, size and ability to participate at all levels.

Seven-a-side rugby (Rugby Sevens) will be played at the 15th Asian Games is a variation of rugby played with seven rather than the usual 15 players a side. Sevens is played on a full-size pitch, 70m wide by 100m long.

Because only seven players are on a large surface, Rugby Sevens is a very fast-moving and exciting game as only the fastest, the fittest and most skilful can survive in a game where any deficiencies are quickly exposed.

 
 

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