Questions tagged [rugby]

Questions about the sport of rugby which span both union and league. Please use the code-specific tag if the question applies to only one code.

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What's going on in a Rugby Union “choke tackle”?

A player with the ball is tackled, and rather than being brought to the ground, he is held up by the tackler(s). The referee shouts "Maul" and then awards a scrum to the defending team. What ...
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In Rugby, is it permitted to try to “save” a penalty? (Or conversion)

In Rugby (Union but I'd be interested in the answer for League as well), if a player is taking a penalty kick at goal, let's say the ball is coming down and it looks to be just about to clear the ...
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Is carrying a player into touch a legal tackle?

I recently saw this snippet of a two defenders carrying an opponent into touch as he was holding onto the ball. So I looked into tackle laws: REQUIREMENTS FOR A TACKLE (https://laws.worldrugby.org/...
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Rugby league vs Rugby Union

Which game variation existed first, and when and why was the second variation developed?
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Rugby league: does a knock-on require an immediate stoppage of play?

In a few recent rugby league (Australian NRL) games that I have seen, a player will drop a ball that was passed to him, causing it to move forward off of his hands and bounce forward on the ground. ...
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What is it like to change from football (soccer for the Americans) to rugby? [closed]

I have recently moved to a new city and want to join a sports team here. I have played football (soccer) for about 20 years (since I was 6), but am thinking about changing to rugby. I have gotten ...
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Rugby formations

Do rugby teams ever use different formations the way football teams do? e.g. instead of left and right wingers, using narrow and wide specialists, replacing a back with a loose forward, etc.
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What are the rules regarding player movement in a lineout

What are the rules regarding movement of players in the lineout? I understand that there needs to be minimum distance between the 2 lines and that there needs to be a minimum distance between the ...
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Three Quarters in Rugby

I've got the idea of all the player positions in Rugby. Is there a position called Three Quarters, if I'm not mistaken?. Some used to mention it by that way, but I've got no idea what it really mean? ...
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In U14s Rugby (UK) is it possible to score a pushover try from a scrum?

I'm sure I've seen suggestions that for anyone U19 or lower, the greatest distance a scrum can be legally pushed is 1.5 meters. Can this please be confirmed? A reference would be great. If true, ...
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Which is the most popular game in Australia? [closed]

Which is the most popular football code in Australia both in terms of number of active players, and spectator attendance?
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Has rugby been an Olympic sport prior to the 2016 Olympics?

Rugby Sevens will be played as part of the 2016 Olympics, but has any form of rugby been played in any previous Olympic Games?
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Why rugby players try run to the center in-goal area?

It often happened that when a rugby player arrive with no pressure opponents try to take the oval to the center of the in-goal area. The try is taken when the player enter in the in-goal area, so I ...
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Where does the football teams play home matches during the Rugby World Cup?

Where does football teams play their home matches when the stadiums are involved in Rugby World Cup 2015 matches? Apart from Twichenam it seems that other stadiums are used for Premier League's ...
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How come rugby isn't very popular in India? [closed]

In most countries that once were part of the British Empire, rugby and cricket are very popular. I am trying to explain why rugby, however, never caught on in India and perhaps the West Indies. ...
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Can a player accidentally tap a penalty having elected to kick for goal?

Lets' say that team A are playing team B, Team A get a penalty inside team B's half. Team B withdraw 10 metres; team A tell the ref they want to kick for goal and the ref does their fancy-pointing-...
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What's in the small clear bottles medical staff occasionally give injured Rugby players on the field?

NOT the larger branded liter bottles that waterboys bring out, or that are stored behind the posts, but the little clear bottles only the medical staff dispense. I've seen it a few times, but most ...
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What are the benefits of a non-linear promotion/relegation system?

In Italian rugby you can be promoted from III division (Serie A girone B) directly to I division (Eccellenza), and you can be relegated from II division (Serie A girone A) directly to IV division (...
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What is the red zone in rugby (or American football) and how did it get that name?

What is the red zone in rugby (or American football) and how did it get the name red zone? I couldn't see anything mentioned about this in the Wikipedia page for both games.
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What is the correct turf for metal studs in rugby?

I have a pair of plastic cleats for practice and dirt fields for play. My question is when would I use metal studded cleats? Only on rainy and muddy fields, or can/should I use them for also dirt ...
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Why is the referee treated so different in soccer and rugby

Recently, in Dutch amateur football, a linesmen died after being attacked by players. This terrible news was directly the reason for the Dutch football association, KNVB, to apply some rules with ...
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Knock-on vs batting the ball down

I recently saw a game where a player on the defense knocked down a pass. He was given a yellow card and sent to the sin bin. It looked like the referee said the word 'cynical'. Is there a difference ...
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Which factors have been most prominent in the switching of codes amongst professional players?

It is not uncommon for professional sportsmen to switch from one football code to another. Specifically considering the move from Rugby League to Rugby Union and vice-versa, what have been the most ...
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What is the difference between australian rules football and rugby?

I was wondering if anyone could shed some light on the defining features of Australian Rules Football (AFL) in comparison to rugby, for example differences in scoring and rules.
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Why do the balls used in rugby and American football have a similar shape?

Is there any reason for the fact that rugby and American football share this (quite unusual) ball shape?   Do they have common roots? Does the American football ball come from the rugby one (...