A couple of words about rugby: roots and details

Some researchers dug up the echoes of a game similar to rugby in ancient China and not less ancient Rome, but one thing is certain: rugby in its current form appeared in 1823. Somebody William Webb Ellis (William Webb Ellis) drove with his companions to the ball, and since there were no reasonable tenets around then, sooner or later he got the ball with his hands and ran. Whatever is left of the impudence ascended in his tracks, however after long question they chose that Willy was correct.  After this episode, upwards of 20 years, competitors endeavored to control their demeanor to the hands and feet in the amusement, and it was just in 1863 that they chose what appendages they could contact the ball with. They called the diversion to pay tribute to the city of Rugby, at the arena of which Ellis separated himself (a commemoration plaque was introduced there in memory of this occasion).

In 1871, the Rugby Football Union was made, which included 21 English clubs. In the meantime, the official guidelines of the diversion were drawn up and its triumphal walk started the world over, where it spread alongside British impact: in 1873 the Scottish rugby association showed up, in 1875 the Irish association pursued, and the turn of Australia, New Zealand and South Africa came.  The group must score the most focuses. How might I do that? As a matter of first importance, put the ball in the rival’s zone (5) with your hands. This is called an endeavor. The second alternative was to pound a shell into the objective. This should be possible from the diversion (3 points), from the execution (2), it is given after an effective endeavor and the last alternative from a free kick (3). Coincidentally, amid the diversion the ball is permitted to kick into the objective just on state of its primer bounce back from the beginning. That is, you run, at that point – a fancy ball over the field, he hops, and you his – with his foot into the objective.

Interesting facts about rugby: an attempt

Rugby is a unique game, although you already know that. Perhaps only in our sport, players and fans crave an unfinished action – an attempt.

The beginning of the story – an attempt to bring it is impossible

When rugby first came into being, it was almost impossible to cross the line of rivals with the ball in their hands. In those days, there were too many players on the field at the same time. The match itself was like a huge, slow-moving fight. If a player received the ball in his hands, which happened rarely, they instantly attacked him, knocked him down and stifled numerous opponents. The rugby match was won by moving the “melon” as close as possible to the goal line of the opposing team. Then they kicking the ball with the hands or bouncing off the ground, the batter hit between the racks and earned points. The winner was the team that twice hit the opponent’s gate. Since it was difficult to get on goal accurately, due to the large number of players on the field, the confrontations often ended in a draw. Matches could last from three to five days.

For the first time the concept of “attempt” appeared in the middle of the XIX century. By this time, the number of people on the field has decreased and players have the opportunity with the ball in their hands to run into the rivals’ test field. But no one knew what to do after that. As a result, a new rule was invented. As soon as the player ran into the in-field, the ball had to be sent back to the partner so that he could try to score the ball into the goal. This continued until the creation of the English rugby union in 1871 (RFU). In the early rules of the RFU, there was talk of “attempting a goal” with a kick, after touching the ball behind the goal line. Moreover, points were awarded to the team, only in the case of hitting the batter between the racks. If the kicker struck a blow, the “attempt by a goal” was not counted. In 1877, for the first time, the term “attempt” was introduced into the rules, which until the early 1880s was often called “run-in”.

From change to constancy

The approved game score system was introduced in 1886. For an attempt with the implementation gave 3 points. Attempt without implementation equated to one typed item. Over the years, the cost of the attempt with and without sales has changed as follows:

  • since 1891: attempt without realization = 2 points, attempt with realization = 5 points;
  • since 1893: attempt without realization = 3 points, attempt with realization = 5 points;
  • since 1971: attempt without realization = 4 points, attempt with realization = 6 points;
  • since 1992: attempt without realization = 5 points, attempt with realization = 7 points.

For the past few years, the leading rugby unions of the planet have been trying to make the game more spectacular. In the TOP-14 of “Super Rugby” and “Rugby Championship” a new bonus system has been introduced, encouraging the team to make more attempts. Another option to increase the attractiveness of rugby is the accrual of a greater number of game points for landing the ball in the scorer of rivals. For example, in the Welsh Championship, a rule was introduced on an experimental basis, according to which 6 points are scored for a skid to a club, and 2 points for every exact strike on the goal (sale, penalty).


From the outside it may seem that the rugby players meet only in order to polish the opponent’s faces. Tender relations on the battlefield can’t be called. But all power methods are strictly specified. First and foremost: you can only attack the player who holds the ball. In American football, for example, you can knead all those who feel like it. In rugby, such behavior is punishable by law: first, a warning then deletion. So especially cowardly, you can simply avoid touching the ball, and then even the bruises will not threaten them. However, this is more suitable version called “touch rugby” – the players on the field do not enter into a fight, but are limited to touch. This type of rugby is played, for example, by children and veterans. There are also mixed games, where both men and women enter the field. In simple rugby, you can attack with a shoulder or a grip on your torso or legs. Direct strikes to the nose, side steps and other karate things are excluded. A player on the field goes completely unprotected – rugby club, football boots and non-stretch pants. Some wear weird-looking helmets. “Helmet” will not soften the blow to the coachmen, but will help the ears stay in place until the end of the match.

In a relationship with the ball, everything is extremely simple. You can play with your hands and feet. Hands to pass the ball exclusively back. Breast play forward is not allowed. Now let’s talk about the players themselves. Among the players of the team Bat Rugby can be called such outstanding and famous names like Tom Ellis, Henry Thomas and many others.

Bath Rugby Team: Sam Underhill

Sam Underhill: “It will not be possible to win every game in every game”. Sam Underhill is the epitome of modern professional rugby player: purposeful, neat and talented. The flanker of the England team and the “Bat” spoke about the training sessions before the match with France. According to him, the team coped with emotions and adheres to the preparation of a rational approach: “The first thing I want to do after the defeat is to go and fix everything immediately. But this is an emotional reaction. A more balanced approach is planned technical and tactical improvements in the game. This is not the case when you need to plow for the sake of victory without days off. We are going to make improvements in the game permanent, and emotions are inconsistent and give rise to inconstancy. I think that every person is a bad loser. Let’s be honest – no one likes to lose. If you do not hate to lose, then you have nothing to do in international rugby.

Since all life to win in each game will not succeed, we need games in which everything is not as good as we would like. They allow you to understand how to respond to failure. In general, I find French rugby unpredictable and exciting. Well, they have a lot of talent in the team. They have strong forwards, skilled quarters and a desire to play. To cope with their unpredictability will be very difficult.” On February 24, England suffered a defeat from Scotland.

Jamie Roberts

Jamie Roberts in 2015 was a Harlekins player. Central three-quarter team Wales and Racing Metro Jamie Roberts then signed a contract with the English Harlequins. And that’s what he told reporters then. “This is a chance for me to try my hand at the new championship and continue to progress here in England. I have no doubt that I will develop here as a player. “Harlequins” is a brand that always fights only for the highest places both in the Premier League and in the international arena. In London, a new chapter of my career begins,” the 28-year-old defender commented on his transition. According to unconfirmed information, Roberts concluded a three-year contract with the “harlequins”, with a salary of about 500 thousand euros per year.

Now, at the moment, all the fans hope that Jamie Roberts will give another phenomenal game in all subsequent matches. The 24-year-old center is now in the form in which he won the title of best player in the series of games of Britain and Ireland against South Africa several years ago. Roberts is one of the key players of the team, and in many ways it is his reliable game in defense and fast creative overclocking of attacks that the team owes to its high rating. Welsh Center Jamie Roberts combines his knowledge as a qualified doctor with technology for injury. He explains how the players adapted their training to the modern game.

Execution hard yards

“This year in the preseason I focused various things: I have a couple of agonies and throbs, so I took a shot at them, however he likewise endeavored to locate an adequate separation at rapid,” says Roberts, who got his degree in medication from the University Cardiff in 2013. “In the event that you don’t prepare with a specific force, it is extremely hard to coordinate it into the diversion. These days, we have GPS on each player, so you can take a gander at the numbers, perceive what number of meters you did in preparing and the amount you did at a specific speed. Normally you can let yourself know whether you had a troublesome exercise, yet on the off chance that you are endeavoring to decide how hard you functioned, it helps, on the grounds that the amusement is playing at a speed of 100%, and you ought to be prepared for it.

Time change

“When I played, the diversion, obviously, turned out to be quicker,” says Roberts from the minute he appeared in Cardiff Blues in 2007. “It’s quicker, I have additional time amid the amusement, less ceasing – and subsequently the preparation is adjusted to this. The impacts are still as large and ground-breaking, however most likely not all that many, on the grounds that the ball is currently moving marginally. You need to adjust in like manner, such a large number of my healthy things are short, sharp moment redundancies to rehash the match. I do Wattbike, SkiErg or Concept2 for six seconds and 18 seconds – in rugby you don’t keep running for a moment with a recurrence of 75%, you spread 40 meters in five seconds.

Mechanics work

This isn’t all crude material powers. “I’m accomplishing all the more running activities, attempting to get somewhat more practical and proficient — you would prefer not to be hit for 50-a hour,” Roberts says. “I have been doing run sessions with mentor Frans Bosch since 2011, chipping away at crafted by mechanics. The fact is to make you compelling, so you can go further, quicker, yet feel less worn out.” Bosch encourages its competitors to limit contact time with the ground and rapidly recover the foot. Practice with the handle of the pipe or the floor brush on the shoulders: you can’t make up for the turn of the body with your hands, so terrible mechanics will put you shaky.

Harm counteractive action

“I complete a great deal of development planning for my legs,” says Roberts.” One of the top choices, the capricious hamstring span, just lifts the weight and holds it, and after that gradually plunges. I will sit on my foot and do isometric traps for the calf, simply holding the weight, endeavoring to remain receptive in my calves. I generally had an issue with my calves – I could barely stroll after the initial couple of sessions of the year, yet this happens before long.” Roberts realizes what he is discussing – in an overview of concentrates in 2015, competitors who missed their erratic hamstring exercise were multiple times bound to be worried than the individuals who did this work.

Acing portability

“Portability is gigantic and, being a tall person, I’m more apprehensive than the normal rugby player,” says Roberts. “I was increasingly intrigued by this now, I am more than 30. You are constantly astounded when you complete a few sessions of portability – I am sad that I didn’t do this more when I was 20 years of age, frankly. I complete a great deal of developments for my spine and lower back – my lower back is one serious part! ”

End on a good note

“I like this statement:” The more I do, the more joyful I get, “says Roberts.” You can’t miss it in this amusement, you have to embed a transplant, I genuinely put stock in it, and you know when you worked a ton and what you merit. This is something that is in the back of my psyche amid the pre-season period: you can go to some fairly dull places in your preparation, yet you generally understand that you have done what’s needed.” You construct something other than a muscle. American specialist Angela Duckworth takes note of that “sand”, made by intentionally performing extreme exercises, makes it less demanding in another way, particularly on an amusement day.

Fastest rugby player

The debutant of the Australian national team, Sefa Naivalu, is grateful for the opportunity to represent his country in the upcoming confrontation with England. “For me it was a long way: Fiji, Rebel and Super Rugby, and after the Australian national team. From the moment I joined Vallabis, a new stage began in my life. I am grateful for everything.” “I don’t know if Naivalu is the fastest Australian rugby player, but he is agile. The English also have a good three-quarter. If you look, he can compete with guys like Jonathan Joseph, Johnny May or Marland Yard. In addition, Sefa works well in defense, which is also very important,” Vallabis’ head coach Michael Cheika said. The Australian winger runs a hundred-meter distance in 10.5 seconds.

Those players who have left their mark in English rugby

Now we will tell about those players from whom all representatives of the Bath Rugby team and many other teams studied.

Shane Williams

Everyone remembers his magical side-stepping. Perhaps the greatest Welsh rugby player, the third in the world in the number of attempts made. Having not the most impressive dimensions for rugby (height 1.70 m, weight 80 kg), it is one of the fastest players in the world, and natural agility makes it almost elusive. Williams’ finest hour is the 2008 World Cup. Currently 38 years old, he performed in the 2015 season in Japan for one of the Japanese clubs.

Johnny Wilkinson

Having completed his career a couple of seasons ago, “The Great Johnny -Gold Foot” undoubtedly made a great contribution to modern rugby. By the number of points he is inferior only to Carter. The high point of “Wilco” is the 2003 World Cup and its “golden” drop-goal, which led England to triumph.

Martin Johnson

He is the rugby player who is always cited as an example when they ask about whom to go reconnaissance with. Good man, great player. He was the captain of the England team at the 2002 World Cup Triumphant in Sydney. Go ahead, despite all the doubts” – the famous motto of Johnson. There are still legends about his devotion to the Leicester Tigers club. He completed the crankcase in 2006 at the age of 36. As head coach, he led the England team in 2008-2011. This list goes on and on (Tim Horan, George Griegan, Shalk Burger, Sergio Paris and others).

The events of the past season: “Bat” re-signed four more players

The Somerset Club officially announced the renewal of contracts with Anthony Watson, Charlie Yvells, Nathan Katt and Elliot Stuck. “We want to play intelligent attacking rugby while simultaneously developing our own unique playing style. We are aware of the fact that we have not yet achieved this goal. Re-signing such a wonderful group of players testifies to their belief in our chosen direction and the atmosphere that we created here in Bath. We are pleased that Anthony Watson, Charlie Ivels, Nathan Katt and Elliott Knock are part of this process and will play major roles in our future,” club rugby director Todd Blackadder said. Earlier, agreements with Bath also extended Taulupe Faletau, Semesa Rokoduguni, Zach Mercer and Beno Obano.

Todd Blackadder, the head coach, continues to entice performers from the Southern Hemisphere. Extreme three-quarter “Highlanders” Jack Wilson before the end of the current season signed a contract with “Bat.” The 26-year-old defender is well acquainted with the Premier League, since in the 2013/2014 season he played 19 games (6 attempts) as part of Saracens. “Jack will be a fantastic addition to the team. He fits perfectly with our style and will not need to adapt. This is the kind of rugby player we needed,” Blackadder said.