Rugby union is a fast and exciting full contact team sport. It can be played by teams of 15, 10 or 7 players who during two halves of 40 minutes must attempt to outscore the opposing team by carrying, passing, kicking and grounding an oval ball. The teams must attempt to stop the advance of their opponents by tackling them to the ground, causing the player to release the ball and possession to be contested, or by charging down their kicks.
Sound confusing? It’s not. Read on..
The beginings of Rugby in the USA
Rugby was first introduced to North America from Canada, brought by the British Army garrison in Montreal which played a series of games with McGill University. In 1874, McGill arranged to play a few games in the United States, at Harvard University, which liked the new game so much that it became a feature of the Ivy League. Both Canadian and American football evolved from this point. (This is a true story, go to this site to read more about the development of American football.)
A distinctive feature of the game of Rugby Union is the hard held belief in the concept of sportsmanship. While it would be false to say that never a punch has been thrown in a rugby game, the truth is that the game strongly encourages, and at time enforces, that what ever happens on the field stays on the field (yes – rugby was saying this long before Las Vegas adopted it as a slogan). All Rugby clubs foster a sense of comradeship, team work, and competitiveness in its players. Once you form rugby relationships those relationships are yours, for better or worse, for life.
Rugby Union is played at a national level in over 140 countries around the world. Nine “major” unions dominate rugby union: Australia, England, France, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa and Wales. The “minor” union-playing nations include Argentina, Canada, Fiji, Georgia, Japan, Namibia, Romania, Samoa, Spain, Tonga, United States and Uruguay. If you are so inclined, you can travel the world visiting and playing in local rugby clubs for your board and lodgings. To see the current world rankings of national rugby teams, click here .
What does Old Gold Rugby have to offer?
So, what does Old Gold Rugby Club have to offer you? It offers hard earned bumps, bruises, cuts, sprains and possibly, the odd broken bone. It also offers the opportunity to play hard and sometimes win and other times loose. In the end however, it offers the opportunity to be in a team of like minded individuals who look out for each other, work hard for each other, and more importantly, accept you for whatever you can bring to the club.
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In the interest of not being sued, some elements of this post have
been taken from The Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, the rest (for better or
worse) was written by a committee of Old Gold rugby players following a very
hard game in which many of us received concussions then had a few beers to
chase down the pain killers.