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Rug-by [ˈrəɡbē]

A team game played with an oval ball that may be kicked, carried, and passed from hand to hand. Points are scored by grounding the ball behind the opponents’ goal line (thereby scoring a try) or by kicking it between the two posts and over the crossbar of the opponents’ goal.

Rugby is a global game for all ages, genders, sizes and backgrounds with many varying formats for everyone to enjoy, from Non-Contact, 7s, 10s, 12s, to traditional Fifteen-a-side. Rugby delivers significant social and health benefits as well as being a part of the extended rugby family.

The game’s values from World Rugby define it as a sport of integrity, passion, solidarity, discipline and respect, up-held and entrenched by the laws of the game.

Many people are familiar with rugby as a fringe sport, but you may be surprised to learn that it is actually the second most popular sport in the world behind soccer. In fact, in Europe, Australia and South Africa, the teams and players are elevated to a star status that exceeds that of NFL players in the United States! Many teams fill 80,000 seat stadiums for international match play.

The allure of rugby is easy to understand yet hard to explain. Who can’t appreciate the toughness required to play a fast-paced, hard- hitting game that is 80 minutes long with no timeouts and only a 10- minute half time! All players play both defense and offense at any given time during a game. And, most appealing is the fact that there is a position for everyone who wants to play – large or thin, short or tall. Above all, rugby is a social sport that praises competition but demands good sportsmanship. As part of the rugby tradition, the home team hosts the visiting team and an after game social, which is filled only with good cheer and camaraderie.

One of the best, and most favorite rugby traditions we have in Indiana is the after-match social. Once the match is over, the host (home) team provides a meal that is shared by the players of both teams. Players from both teams spend time socializing with each other, appreciating the great game they just played. They will also pick a player to be the player of the match. Sometime each team will pick a player from the other team to be player of the match, celebrating the best of both teams regardless of win or loss. Food and friends, a double win for everyone who participated.

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