Speech on: A SHORT BRIEF HISTORY ON RUGBY AND HOW IT IS PLAYED
Rugby is a game that the average Jamaicans are not too familiar with. Rugby is a good game for people of all shapes, sizes, qualities and skills. The players playing this game have gotten so rough that players have actually died from this sport.
The history of rugby is a long one. Some scholars believe it can be traced back to the ancient Romans but this history will be brief. The most popular view on when rugby began in 1823 when William Webb Ellis ran with the football in his arms instead of using his feet to kick it. This coincides with the theory that somewhere in the decade between 1820 and 1830, players who ran with the ball were accepted into the playing field. A player named Jem Mackie, who was a powerful player, actually helped cement this way of playing into the game during 1838 and 1839. However it was not a legal way to play until the 1841 to 1842 season of rugby.
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The length of the ball now is meant to be 11 to 11.25 inches. Its circumferences should be 30 to 31 inches in the biggest part and 25.5 to 26 inches in the width. It should weigh 12 to 13 ounces and should be hand sewn, with no more than 8 stitches per inch of the ball.
If this is the sport you choose, be cautious about the way you protect yourself. There are no helmets in the regulation uniforms, but a smart player would use one. Shin guards, knee pads, elbow guards, and a chest plate would also be wise to use, as this sport can get very rough. Also, for the first game or so, watching how it is played would be a wise thing, as it can change and turn without warning, causing harm to the players involved.
This outdoor game is played in a rectangular field of 100 m length and 70 metres width. At the end of the each side, goal posts of the letter â€œHâ€ are placed.
Two teams, comprising of 15 players each, take up the field in the Rugby game. The ball used in the game is of an oval shape, and is infiltrated with air. The fifteen players are divided into 8 forward players and 7 defenders. The play starts with a toss of coin to decide which team will start the kick off. After deciding the team, the game starts with a drop kick. Then the forwards and the defenders try to pick up the ball and run towards the opposition area with the ball in hand. The forwards in the opponent time will try to block the running of the player.
Basically the forwards are typically strong in structure and use their muscular power to block the opponent running with the ball. In contrast, the defenders are short in size and typically have good athletic skills, such that while the forwards block the opponents, the defenders run towards the goal post of the opponent, dodging the block and running at a relatively faster pace than the forwards. Invariably, most points are typically scored by the defendants. This is the unique feature of the game.
So remember rugby is a very fun game but on the other hand a game that you have to be very cautious about. Iâ€™d encourage anybody sitting in front me to take up the challenge in playing the sport as it is easy to learn and excited to play once you put your mind into playing the sport