Rugby 101

15 players

  • 8 Forwards ("The Pack") - responsible to gain/regain control of the ball through tackles, scrums and line-outs.

    • Front Row: 2 Props and Hooker, props hold up the hooker so she can hook the ball through the scrum

    • Second Row: 2 Lock Forwards, main drive in a scrum, usually the tallest jumpers

    • Loose Forwards: 2 Flankers and "8 man", first to unbind from the scrum and tackle opposition

  • 7 Backs - responsible for creating scoring opportunities

    • Scrum-half: responsible for moving the ball from the Forwards to the Backs

    • Fly Half: First in line to receive the ball from the Scrum-half, sets the play up

    • Center: Inside-center, outside center, run plays to get the ball out to the wings

    • Wings: Left and Right outside players, fastest to score tries

    • Full back: Last line of defense (no pressure), able to tackle and kick

80 Minutes

  • Two 40 minute halves

  • Rugby is constant. No breaks to reset from a forward to back play. No breaks for getting tackled, just get back up.


  • 100 meters long (330 ft), 70 meters wide (230 ft) - football field is 360 x 160 ft

  • Things to remember: The 22 and 10 meter marks


  • "Goal Posts" are H-shaped posts - similar to Football

  • Try: 5 points. A try is awarded when a player enters the "try zone" and PLACES the ball down.

  • Conversion kick: 2 points. Following a try, ball is kicked between the posts.

  • Penalty Kick or Drop Goal/"Field Goal": 3 points. May take place anytime during the game.

Why Play Rugby?

  • A chance to be great at a sport you’ve never played before.

  • Play the exact same sport that boys play (same rules, same respect level)

  • Get fit while making new friends

There is no prior experience necessary. It is rare that we get a new member that has played rugby before college. Some of our players have past experiences with soccer, basketball, cheerleading, volleyball, and some have never played a sport before joining our team.

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Practices will start up again for the Fall 2013 season on Monday, August 26th behind Dutch Quad on the field next to the tennis and basketball courts

Monday: 4:30pm-6:30pm

Tuesday: 4:30pm-6:30pm

Wednesday: 4:30pm-6:30pm

Thursday: 4:30pm-6:30pm

Friday: 4pm-6pm




Our field can be found behind Dutch Quad between the softball field and the basketball courts on the South Intramural Field located on the uptown UAlbany campus.,+-73.830454&num=1&t=h&vpsrc=6&ie=UTF8&z=18&iwloc=A