Many people ask me
Rugby can only be played and won by teamwork.
Everyone plays everywhere, that is you don't have only one role on the team. You run with the ball, you pass, you are passed to and you play defense.
There are important positions but none that run the team or are the only one to handle or work the play.
There are 15 players on a team, too many to be individuals.
You have to think the play the game
The players play the game not coaches. Each player has to evaluate the situation and decide where to be to support the player with the ball (teamwork again.)
Eveyone in the game respects the game
Respecting the game includes respecting the opposition.
There is almost no talking back to the referee.
PENALTIES LEAD TO POINTS
Breaking the rules can cost you the game
When you break the rules the other team can get points, not a slap on the wrist
REFEREES ARE PART OF THE GAME
Referees tell you to not break the rules
The referees will tell a player they are offside before they blow the whistle.
Players don't get their own number
Each player wears the number of their position - they fit into a team
Throughout the world rugby players are immediate brothers
Wherever a rugby player meets another they are immediate comrades.
The game is self policing
Players play both offense and defense so a dirty play is returned.
A team, B team, C team
Teams field as many teams as they can. Everyone is on one team. The B Team are the subs for the A team and vice versa
It takes courage
Yes there is tackling but also the risk of losing. Just to step on the field it takes some courage. It is fun to face the challenge and walk off knowing you survived.
EVERYONE TOUCHES THE BALL
Play Pass Run
No one plays only offense or defense.
Players socialize AFTER the game
Respect runs after the game. You learn to know the other players and enjoy the game.