Pan American Games

Rugby 7

Rugby 7

Rugby 7

Rugby 7 is a variant of rugby with seven players play per team, instead of 15. This version has become very popular in several countries and its shorter matches consist of two seven-minute halves. This game is played on a standard rugby union field measuring 100 m x 70 m. Players run while holding the ball, and can pass the ball laterally or backwards. Teams score points by either kicking the ball through the goal posts or touching the ball down in the other team’s goal area. Undoubtedly, a sport that requires speed, strategy and skill.

Some details

It was introduced for the first time at the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games.

History

Rugby 7 is derived from rugby union and originated in Melrose (Scotland) in 1883. A local club wanted to organize a sports tournament to raise funds but found that 20-a-side teams were unworkable, and reduced the number of players on each team to seven and shortened the match to 15 minutes. The tournament was a hit and the starting point for rugby 7.

Terminology

Maul: When a ball carrier is held up by an opposing player and a player from his own team.
Ruck: Formed when two opposing players meet over a ball that is on the ground.
Scrum: A scrum is a way of re-starting the game. It is formed when forwards from both teams bind together and push against each other as they try to compete for the ball.
Try: When an attacking player is first to ground the ball in the opponent’s in-goal, a try is scored: five points.
Conversion goal: When a player scores a try, it gives the team the right to attempt to score a goal by taking a kick at the goal. This also applies to a penalty try. This kick is a conversion kick and can be a place kick or a drop kick: two points.
 

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