Rugby seems like a violent game. But, it’s one of the most exciting and gratifying contact sports out there. Rugby is hugely popular in countries like Argentina, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, England, and Wales. The kids enjoy it, and it helps strengthen many essential muscles. And, if you have a little rugby-lover at home, consider furthering his interest in the game by sharing some incredible Rugby facts for kids with them. Here are a few to get you started.
Rugby Information For Kids:
Rugby is quite popular in schools and colleges and is played by the kids and their older counterparts enthusiastically. Here is some useful information about the fascinating aspects of Rugby.
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What Are The Two Types Of Rugby?
There are two major varieties of rugby games, the Rugby Union, and the Rugby League. The split in Rugby occurred in the year 1895 which led to the emergence of the Rugby Union and the Rugby League. Earlier the difference was only in case of the administration, but as the years followed, the rules and regulations of Rugby League were changed which resulted in two different forms of Rugby. But, after about a hundred years, in 1995, Rugby League and the Rugby Union joined hands together and then on, were referred as one of the professional sports.
History Of Rugby:
Ancient Greeks and the Romans played ‘chasing the ball’, a game which was in many ways similar to the modern world game of Rugby. The Rugby Football Union was formed in the year 1871 when the English clubs met to form the team. Later on, the flaring of the legal troubles regarding payment of rugby players even when they were missing from the game led to the formation of Northern Rugby Football Union in the year 1892. The legal issues resulted in a schism and resulted in the formation of the two separate clubs which were the Rugby League and the Rugby Union.
Differences In The Rules Of The Two Clubs:
In the case of the Union club, the players contest the possession of the rugby ball after the tackle and according to the situation a ruck or a maul can take place. But, in the case of the League players, they choose not to contest the ball following the tackle and the game is continued with the “play-the-ball”. Then again, in League, if the players fail to make a score before a set of six tackles, while in possession of the ball, they have to surrender their possession whereas in the Union, there is no such rule and the players can keep the ball in their possession even after unlimited number of tackles before scoring as long as they do not end up committing an offense.
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What Exactly Is A Rugby Ball?
The rugby ball which was formerly called as quanco has a diamond-shaped structure which makes it easier for passing from one player to the other. In the case of rugby union, the world rugby regulates and maintains the size of the rugby ball under the law 2. An authentic and official rugby union ball is oval in shape with four panels and also has a length of 280 to 300 millimeters in line and a width of 580 to 600 millimeters. It is either made from leather or from a suitable and durable plastic material which is treated to make the ball water resistant and also easier to grip by the players. The weight of the ball ranges something between 410 to 460 grams but cannot exceed the mentioned upper limit or go below 410 grams in weight.
Some Astonishing Facts About Rugby
- Rugby was first invented in the year 1823 in Rugby School when W.W. Ellis accidently caught the ball in his hand and carried on running with it in an ongoing football game.
- Even though nowadays, the rugby balls are oval shaped but decades back they were plum shaped as they were made out of the bladder of pigs which gave the balls their distinct shape.
- The switch to rubber tubes to make rugby balls happened as the many a time, the pigs’ bladders used for the balls were diseased which caused diseases to people who had to blow the balls with their breath.
- The Rugby Union gained the status of professional sports in the year 1995.
- The earliest reference to the game of Rugby in the Oxford Dictionary was made in the year 1852.
- Rugby is mostly seen as the Rugby Union or the Rugby League. Even though the game is all about running with the ball in hand to get the ball over the line and make a score, still the rules of play are different in each case, respectively.
- The first time a national anthem that was ever sung before sports was that of Rugby. In New Zealand, the famous Haka dance is performed before the game. It is a war dance that is supposed to intimidate the players of the opposite team and gives the team vigor and enthusiasm to win the game.
- After every four years, the Rugby Union World Cup Tournaments are held for the celebration of the sports. The first ever official tournament that was organized was in the year 1987 by Australia and New Zealand and the winning team turned out to be New Zealand.
- The largest Rugby ball made till now is 4.709 meters long and 2.95 meters tall. It was made in the year 2011 by Hong Kong.
- Touch Rugby is yet another type of Rugby Football, but it is played without the use of tackles, scrums, lineouts, rucks or even kicking.
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Did you like the amazing facts and information about the legendary game of Rugby? It has quite an enthralling history of its own and has remained popular among the youth and the young ones, be it the clubs, or schools and universities. The professional sport has a huge fan following across the globe, and it is treated as an ideal outdoor game for kids to keep them fit and active and boost their physical development, be it the girls or the boys. Do you wish to add some more facts about rugby for kids to the list? Please feel free to post your comments and share the details with our readers too.
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