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Richard Williams, Online Sports Writter

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Summer is the time of the year that makes people come enjoy the weather beach, pool. Summer also has no school for kids. When summer starts, people start trying out for sports; one of these sports is rugby, Rugby is one of the most popular sports in the Eastern countries.

Rugby players playing the game to get the ball

Rugby is a sport with many talented players, and the players have mental, physical and emotional skills. Rugby is played similar to football. It is played with an oval ball with two teams of 15 players (in the rugby union) or 13 players (in the rugby league). Both rugby union and rugby league have their origins of style of rugby schools in England. But with rugby compared to football, rugby players wear few pads and is a more fast paced game. The helmet is leather and not as protected with pads like football helmets, causing more concussions and injuries to rugby players.

During the sport of rugby the players can run with the ball, kick it and pass it, but passing forwards is not allowed. Rugby is a contact sport, so players can tackle an opponent in order to get the ball, as long as the players stay within the rules.

All positions of the rugby players during a game.

The 2017–18 World Rugby Sevens Series, known for sponsorship reasons as the HSBC(Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation)World Rugby Sevens Series, is the 19th annual series of rugby sevens tournaments for national men’s rugby sevens teams. They come together to challenge each other in a game and see who will win the championship.The Sevens Series has been run by World Rugby since 1999–2000 and will continue to have tournaments in the future.

As a former rugby player, I confess that I find American football quite uninteresting to watch. The constant stop-start nature of the game is a big turn-off for me. That’s probably more for cultural reasons than due to any inherent problems with American football, though. As I didn’t grow up watching it, I have no appreciation for it,” said Barry Taylor, a former  rugby player.

This paragraph says how rugby players see how football is different. This also shows Taylor’s opinion to the sport of football of how he thinks rugby is better. When it comes to rugby versus football it is based on the personal opinion and what one thinks is fun, aggressive and sportsmanship.

If you are interested in getting involved playing rugby around North Carolina there is a club in Raleigh named Raleigh Rugby Football Club. They can do any age to participate in rugby and the player typically spend one to three hours at the club field.   

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