Rugby Facts

Rugby Facts

  • ONLY the captain may speak to the referee
  • Profanity during match play is forbidden
  • Matches last 70 minutes (35 minute halves)
  • The ball can ONLY be passed backwards
  • 15 players per side
  • Players play BOTH offense & defense
  • No huddles, no timeouts, no downs – just open play like basketball & soccer
  • EVERY player can run and score the ball
  • There a 8 forwards and 7 backs on each side
  • Forwards form the scrum & lineouts
  • Backs are primarily open field runners
  • A “try” = 5 points, similar to a football touchdown
  • Conversion kicks = 2 points, similar to a football extra point
  • Penalty kicks = 3 points, similar to football field goals
  • Tacklers MUST wrap & engage below the shoulders, no shoulder tackling
  • No blocking for the runner
  • Once runner passes the ball, the runner can NOT be tackled
  • Any player can kick at anytime
  • Those substituted can NOT return to the field
  • 7 substitutions are allowed per match
  • Post match cheering and hand-shaking lines are REQUIRED in honor of both sides and the referee