“Rugby is a beastly game played by gentlemen; soccer is a gentleman’s game played by beasts; football is a beastly game played by beasts.”–Henry Blaha
Back in June (I know, I’ve been slack), I went to my first rugby match in Nelspruit, South Africa. South Africa was playing Wales and squeaked by with the win, but the game was very exciting all the way to the end. My British friend, Callum, educated me on the basics of the game. A couple years ago, I made the mistake of noting (out loud) the similarity of rugby to American football once in a sports bar full of Australians and New Zealanders. I now understand they are, in fact, very different. Here are a few fun facts:
1) A rugby match only lasts 1.5 hours.
2) The field is called a pitch.
3) Rugby players are often doctors or other professionals (ie. gentlemen)
4) One of the positions is called the hooker. (this makes me laugh)
5) A scrum (pictured below) is a formation of up to 6 people from each team, arm interlocked and heads down, pushing against each other to get the ball through the other