Can You Block In Rugby? (When You Can And Can’t Block Opponents)

Can you block in rugby as players can in American Football? Rugby Union has several laws that prohibit blocking or running interference. Blocking is a penalty offense. However, the laws also allow onside players to hold their position or running line. In other words, players don’t have to get out of the way of their … Read more

Can You Block A Penalty Kick In Rugby? (Explained)

The laws of Rugby Union were changed to prevent players from blocking penalty kicks by jumping under the crossbar. There was a fun period of a few years when defending players did this both successfully and unsuccessfully.  Are there any circumstances in which you can block a penalty kick in rugby? We’ll run through the … Read more

Can You Block A Conversion In Rugby? (Great Examples)

The laws in Rugby Union have changed around attempts to block a conversion. But blocking is still allowed as long as you don’t use certain techniques. There are also some circumstances in which you aren’t allowed to block a conversion. This article covers what you can and can’t do. Can You Block A Conversion In … Read more

What Is Extra Time, Overtime, And Injury Time In Rugby?

Extra time, overtime, and injury time in rugby are often confused with each other. Even commentators may use one term when they mean another. I’ll start with some brief definitions. The rest of the article goes into detail, with examples from famous matches. Extra Time, Over Time, And Injury Time In Rugby Extra time in … Read more

Do Rugby Players Wear Helmets? (Explained)

When you watch a game of rugby, you’ll notice that most players aren’t wearing helmets or any kind of headgear. However, there are usually one or two players on each side with what’s called a scrum cap. A scrum cap is a soft thin cap that comes down over the ears. The sport is often … Read more

Why Do Rugby Balls Lose Air? (Quick Facts)

Rugby balls lose air because their internal bladders are porous. This means that air seeps very slowly through tiny holes in the material. It’s perfectly normal for a rugby ball to deflate gradually, and this article explains why. However, we’ll also give you tips on how to slow down the air loss so that you … Read more

Rugby In The USA (Helpful Facts)

Have you just discovered rugby and are wondering if its also played in America? You may not have noticed that the sport is getting more popular in the States. This article gives you a quick run through interesting facts about the sport in this country. And if you want to dive deeper, we’ll give you … Read more

What Do Rugby Players Say In A Scrum?

Now that referees wear microphones, television viewers may hear shouts from rugby players as they form a scrum. But it’s hard to make out exactly what’s going on. Rugby forwards say very little in a scrum. The most likely words are: brief instructions by the pack leader before the scrum starts simple chants to keep … Read more