I have often snarked about the superiority of Rugby Union over the lesser forms of foreign sportsball. We have already had a look at Rugby League here… So in this exciting edition of Foreign Footy I will illustrate the majesty of Rugby Union. What could be better than 15 athletes trying to move a ball to the end of the field and touching it down to score (OK, they kick through posts too)?
How about when the other team is allowed to tackle you – and when you are tackled to the ground, you have to let go of the ball, and the action continues (a ruck).
If they don’t get you to the ground or out of bounds – then the ball carrier turns into a beef bone being fought over by two packs of wolves (a maul).
A maul clinic.
No NFL 3-5 seconds of action and a halt for 45 seconds or more.
It just doesn’t stop – in this case, Welshmen never yield.
In fact, the only time the action stops is when the ball goes out of bounds, a penalty is called or there is a score. OK, at halftime and the game end too, pedants…
Oh – none of that blocking stuff allowed. No forward passes either. Run with it forward, kick it and chase it down or pass it sideways or backward to a teammate.
When the ball comes back into play, it is either the Line-out (a throw in that would make NBA players wince).
A lineout. Sneaky, sneaky Kiwis.
Or the most GLORIOUS of athletic activities known to Mankind – the scrum!
But seriously – if you want a good intro to the rules of rugby look here.
You want the full set of rules (or “Laws” – yeah, that does make a libertarian wince to see them called “Laws”) try here.
If you want to see a match, played at a high level – put yer eyeballs on this.
The good guys win.