THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Wednesday, August 27, 1969
Page Eight THE MICHIGAN DAILY Wednesday, August 27, 1969
By JIM FORRESTER isn't ex
Associate Sports Editor tainn
"Rugby players have leather Such vi
balls," the story ran. It was Agai
part of a recruiting pamphlet rugby i;
a member of the Michigan Rug- players
by Football Club had written to side of
describe the game and the or- expectet
But no matter what you may wind. T
have heard about ruggers, they without
aren't as tough as this initial Lion.
statement might imply. If you Thisa
take this to mean the ruggers friendly
are out for a good time, though, fostersa
then you're dead right. players,
Rugby is a game and the local team. N
practitioners play it that way-- from pu
to have fun. They play it to plush h
win; don't misunderstand. The is often
local club is very proud of the host sq
record they have built up. modatio
Still in all, games are to have Since
fun and get some exercise. This broke a
is the philosophy of the club. es bunk
The game itself lends to a more of
bit more comraderie than many difficult
other contact sports might. Only murder
the ball carrier may be hit and the nex
only to be tackled. The rules Especial
prohibit any sort of interfer- off a dr
ence such as blocking. T h e The n
theory of the football block is often be
to hit the opponent when he squad w
pecting the jolt to ob-
cious play is outlawed.
, don't misunderstand,
s no pansy game. The
wear no padding out-
mouth pieces. But t h e
d smash of a tackle rare-
uces an inujry worse
he temporary 1 o s s of
Phe object is to be tough
butchering the opposi-
attitude toward rugby, of
but all-out competition,
a fellowship between the
no matter what their
Money prevents ruggers
itting themselves up in
otels on away trips. It
the responcibility of the
uad to provide accom-
ns for the visitors.
the hosts are usually
ilso, they find themselv-
ing with the opposition
ften than not. It is a
t thing to go out to
the man who slept in
t bed the night before.
Ily if you've both slept
night before a match can
a dull thing so the host
will often throw a party.
Usually our introductory state-
ment is shouted far into the
After such a night it may be
difficult to go outside and run
around for 80 minutes. To make
sure they can, most ruggers
work out regularly as the team
holds an average of only two
formal practices a week in sea-
Since the rules prevent sub-
stitutions during a game, only
15 players may be on a team.
To make up for this the MRFC
has as many teams as it has
players and can dig up compe-
Rugby is often referred to as
an underdeveloped for'm of
American football. But Ruggers
counter that football is a per-
verted form of rugby.
Indeed, rugby may take quite
a bit more stamina than foot-
ball. The game is played in 4.
minute non-stop halves. When
the ball goes out of bounds it is
put immediately back into play.
A delay of the game can cost a
team possession of the ball.
Compare this to football with its
numerous time outs and stop-
pages of play to form strategy.
Strategy in rugby is formed
on the run. The ball may be ad-
vanced only by kicking or run-
ning it. No forward passes are
allowed. To get the ball to a
teammate one must either kick
it or toss it laterally or back-
Thus the tactics of the game
are dictated by the rules. A.
team has to keep it self spread
out in order to defend against
wherever the opposition may
send the ball. Offensively, a.
squad strings out to cover the
entire field in hopes of out-
flanking the other team.
There are several methods of
scoring in rugby. The first is
t-ht "try." This is a three point
piay which consists of crossing
the opponents' goal line a n d
touching the ball to the ground.
If this is managed then the
scoring team gets to attempt a
"conversion kick" worth t w o
points. This is done by placing
the ball on a line parallel to
the goal or "touch" line imme-
diately opposite the spot where
the try was scored. Obviously,
the closer to the center of the
field the score is made the bet-
ter chance the conversion will
The other method of offensive
scoring is the drop-goal. This
can be done from any place on
the field by drop kicking t h e
ball between the uprights of
the action for a rebound in a
game of basketball.
The most characteristic form-
ation in rugby is the "scrum."
To the untrained observer t h e
scrum looks like two blobs of
people trying to steamroller
each other. To the rugby play-
er it seems as if he is being
The scrum consists of at least
three players from each squad
while its numbers may run up
to include every man on the
field. The usual grouping is
eight from each team.
One of the original t h r e e
players is known as the hooker
and to either side of him are the
props. The men from each team
put their arms around the
waists of their mates and t h e n
lock heads with the opposition,
creating a tunnel in between
the two groups. The rest of the
Serounging in the scrumn : A Iard charging rugger grabs the ball
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the goal. A good kick is worth
The penalty kick is the last
common way to score. For an
infraction, the offended team
gets a free, undefensed kick.
This can either be a conversion
attempt worth three points or
the ball can be booted to a
teammate to start the offense.
When the ball goes out of
bounds it is known as "going in-
to touch." To begin play again
an opponent of the player who
last had contact with the ball
in bounds throws it in to the
The line-out consists of two
parallel lines of players, o n e
group from each team. The
one player throws the ball in
and what he starts is similar to
scrum fits itself in between the
hips of the players in front.
One player (a scrum results
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in play - the player throwing
the ball in is from the team not
responsible for the delay) tosses
the ball into the tunnel of the
smrum so as not to give ad-
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