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Find rugby fields and rugby clubs at nearby parks, stadiums, and sports centers.
If you want to find a game of rugby, search for rugby fields and stadiums in your area. Most any field will do as long as you mark the field lines and it's a safe surface to play on. Use the field for workouts and Rugby drills also.
Rugby clubs don't always have places to meet, so many are organized through gyms and community centers. To get ready for you first rugby game, go to your local gym for some cross-training.
Sporting goods stores will carry rugby jerseys, shorts, mouth guards and other equipment. If you belong to a team, Specialty shops will also customize jerseys for your games.
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To the untrained eye, rugby is a combination of soccer and football. But in truth, rugby stands on its own with a unique set of terms and rules. Depending if you are playing by Rugby Union rules or Rugby League rules, there are 13 to 15 players on a team divided between forwards and backs. A rugby game is played with an inflated oval ball and lasts 80 minutes. Rugby starts with a 'scrum', a tightly packed groups of forwards, fighting for possession of the ball. The ball can be kicked forward, or passed laterally and/or backwards. The team who scores the most points in a game or 'match' wins. There are several ways to score a goal. You can either score a 'try', receive a 'conversion' or attempt a 'drop goal'.
Interval training mixes intense bursts of exercise with moderate rest and recovery time. Interval training is great for anaerobic sports like rugby that require the athlete to perform short spurts of high intensity movement. Often, interval training involves plyometrics (jumping exercise), sprinting, such as 400 x 4 or 800 x 2, or sprinting up hills.
Rugby is a high-impact sport that requires extreme agility along with intense strength and speed output. Though it is difficult to prevent contact injuries such as concussions, broken bones and fractures, rugby players can focus on training that defensively combats injuries related to individual muscle groups. To avoid back injuries, players should strengthen their core muscles for stability. Hamstring tears can be prevented with appropriate warm-up and cool-down stretching. Shoulder injuries, also very common among rugby players, can be analyzed by muscle group or by movement variables which focus on the different direction of push, pull and axis turns wherein the injury occurs. There are many useful websites with injury prevention and rehabilitation information for rugby players. For more information, go to SportsInjuryBulletin.com and look up 'rugby injuries'.
Rugby jerseys look nothing like the rugby shirts popularized by fans and the designers at Ralph Lauren. Team rugby jerseys are made of high-tech materials that help with ventilation, heat build-up and muscle fatigue. Besides a rugby jersey and shorts, you'll also need boots. You'll need different gear depending on what position you play. Additional equipment includes helmets, gloves, mouth guards and sometimes padding. It is still not quite acceptable to wear padding, but as injuries keep teams from succeeding, rules change and more players are adding some cushion to their uniforms. Be sure to check with your coach before purchasing any gear.
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