BASIC RULES OF RUGBY UNION FOR DUMMIES: Dummy is not a word we use when we talk about our endearing 'egg chaser' fans.
But, this 5 step basic rugby guide is invaluable help for complete novices and all newcomers.
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This rugby rules for dummies guide is the 'fool proof beginners edition'. It will help you learn about the chief laws of the game.
Learning some simple regulations of rugby, and a few basic laws, increases your background knowledge. You will also watch or play rugby union with a better understanding of the game.
The codified laws of rugby, or a complicated book about the basic rules of rugby for dummies, could still hit the overload button.
So we developed this beginners guide to rugby union. Delivering it in a single cheat sheet page is certain to make the grade for all aspiring rugger players.
The rugby offside law is the first of 5 basic rugby union rules for beginners. The offside rule is part of general play.
In simple terms, you are offside in rugby if you are in front of a team-mate who is carrying the ball or last played the ball.
A forward pass is an illegal part of play. You are not allowed to pass the ball forward to any team player positions if he is ahead of the ball.
The rugby 'knock on' is vigorously regulated by the match referee. If the ball gets knocked forward towards your opponent's try-line it gets ruled as a knock on.
What is the common reason for the ball moving forward from a 'knock on'? It occurs most often when a player drops the ball or after losing possession of the ball.
Following the knock on, and most rules infringements, the game restarts by forming a scrum. Players form the scrum as close as possible to where the foul or stoppage occurred.
Rugby tackles are among the basic principles of the sport. You have been physically tackled when you or the ball gets forced to the ground. As a rule it happens from a standing position by at least one tackling opponent (tacklers).
Foul play or violent conduct in rugby is not tolerated by the match official. Players get penalised if the referee considers their play is unfair, dangerous, or obstructive.
Serious foul play or misconduct usually results in a spell inside the rugby sin bin. You can even get sent off the pitch permanently.
It looks like you avoided the early bath in our basics of rugby guide? Why not improve your rugby knowledge even further by checking through our frequently asked questions page?
Or try out some of the common keywords in rugby union. It is an interesting section listing all the official terms and playing definitions.
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