What You Need To Know About Rugby Union
Rugby union is a kind of sport that many people enjoy to watch or play. Even though this sport is mostly loved by men, there are also female who enjoy it just the same. People call this sport simply as rugby. However, it is not to be confused with Rugby league. They are two different sports even though the names are similar. When people say rugby, it’s mostly referred to rugby union instead of rugby league but we are going to discuss about their differences in another article. As for now, let’s talk about rugby union and some interesting parts of it.
How to play rugby?
You can say rugby as football since it uses ball. Basically, the players of rugby is running with their hand holding the ball, keeping it from being stolen by other players from the opposite team. There are basically two team playing this rugby. Each team consists of 15 players with positioned decided by the coach before the game (usually). This game is played on a rectangular field. The ball itself is not round like football or soccer ball. Rugby ball is has oval shape. On the field, there are two goal posts for each team. The goal posts has H-shape.
Even though rugby looks like a very physical sport, it can be played by both male and female by all ages. Rugby union is also a very popular sport in the world. It is even more popular compared to rugby league. It was reported that there were more than 6 million people in the world playing rugby union in 2014. the numbers keep increasing which means the popularity of this sport is not a joke. Still in the same year, there were over 2 million people were registered as rugby union players.
The governing body for rugby union are World Rugby and The International Rugby Board or IRB. They have been the governing body for this sport since 1886. how many countries do you think registered? More than 100 countries have been registered as full members. Meanwhile, 18 of them are associate members.
Rugby union was once an amateur sport. It became a professional game officially and openly in 1995. Rugby union was first originated in Europe countries such as Ireland and Great Britain. It then became more and more popular in other countries and kept spreading to New Zealand, Australia, France, as well as South Africa. There are also countries who have claimed rugby union as their national sport such as New Zealand, Madagascar, Fiji, Georgia, Tonga, and Samoa.
There have been international matches conducted since 1871. the first countries that participate in the first game were Scotland and England. As for the ever first Rugby World Cup, it was held in 1987. The Rugby World Cup has drawn many attention from international audiences. There are also other major international for rugby union matches held annually such as the Six Nation Championship as well as the Rugby Championship. Both are taken place in Europe and the Southern Hemisphere respectively.
You may have heard and felt the hype of 2020 rugby union tests at the end of the year. It is going to be held in the Northern Hemisphere and often referred to as Autumn Internationals. There will be test matches being played during the occasion and you get to see your favorite teams in actions.
The test matches are scheduled to be held from October to December. The countries involved in these popular test matches are primarily from Northern Hemisphere. They host those countries from Southern Hemisphere. It is predicted that the test matches are going to be epic. For avid fans, this international match is a must-watch.
In this test match, you will also see top-tier teams participating. Therefore, it will make the event gets hyped even more. Not to mention that the test matches are counted towards the ranking system in World Rugby. This is considered essential matches for all team participating. During these test matches, a team usually play from 2 to 4 matches.
The schedule of the matches have been revealed already so you can anticipate each match. There are three most anticipated matches during event. They are Wales vs New Zealand in November 14 2020 at Millennium Stadium, Scotland vs Japan in November 14 2020 at Murrayfield, and Wales vs Fiji in November 7 2020 at Millennium Stadium.
However, the test matches themselves begin in October. You can many interesting matches to anticipate such as Australian vs New Zealand in October 17, 2020 at Suncorp Stadium and Japan vs New Zealand in October 31, 2020 at New national Stadium. The test matches will continue to accommodate the contest between various teams in November 7, 14, 21, 28, until December 3, 2020.
Mid-year Rugby Union Internationals
Another rugby union test match you can anticipate as international match is mid-year rugby union internationals. It is also referred as summer internationals. The rugby union period of matches are mostly played in the Southern Hemisphere in July. France and Wales are planning to tour Argentina then new Zealand. There are two-test series that both team will play during the tour. There are many anticipated matches in July 4, 2020 during this period. Senior international team such as France, Argentina, Japan, England, United States, and more are there to compete against each other through test matches.
For some people, test matches are not really interesting because they are a test match and not the real contest. Some viewers thought that the games are not as intense as what happen during big competition and that the players don’t give their all. However, it is not always the case. It means, the matches can be just as interesting as World Cup. Test matches are still anticipated especially when great teams are scheduled to be playing. If you are new to rugby union games, test matches can be a great start to learn more about the sport. It doesn’t matter if you watch it from television, the focus is to let yourself enjoy the matches.