1. The reason is probably different in different countries. In England, I think it's because rugby has traditionally been a middle/upper class sport, unlike, say, football.
2. England had one of the older squads in the competition, I think. About half their squad was over 30. The oldest player (Mike Catt) was 36. The youngest was 23. There are quite a few talented young players around who weren't picked because of lack of experience.
The sport does have drug testing. If they use steroids they haven't been caught yet!
3. You can drop-kick (it's called a drop-goal) from open play. Kicks 'off the tee' are only used for a penalty or a conversion (after a try is scored).
4. If it was that easy they'd do it more often! The opposition's fastest players are likely to be defending out on the edges.
Originally posted by mtthw Some teams try drop-goals more often than others. But tries are worth more, so teams only tend to go for them when they have a good position but aren't making any further progress.
You mean can the player with the ball push tacklers away? Yes, it's called a 'hand-off' I think there are restrictions on exactly what you're allowed to do, but I'm not sure of the detail.
It really is different to watch and it is confusing the names that are used. For instance Rugby calling a stiff arm a Hand off and NFL rules a Hand off would be actually handing the ball off to another player. So I guess, once you get all that stuff down Rugyby is pretty cool to watch.
I have Question too.
What is going on when both teams are hugging each other in a big circle and sort of dancing around in that circle all bent over. I haven't quite figured that out yet.
Originally posted by Crowley I believe the rules state you can't use a fist or make a hitting or swinging motion.
You basically have to use the palm of your hand and can't look like you're taking a shot at the opposing player.
that is pretty much the same rule as american football.
Originally posted by Red Night 5. Why do they put the ball so often?
Can they punt it to their own player? (I think I used to see that in Australian rules.)
If you only saw the last few games of the world cup - you saw the more boring, kicking games.
Usually the ball isn't kicked so much in games - it is usually just used to relieve pressure, but you are surrendering possession if you kick the ball out.
The 'punt' kicks you are referring to are called 'up-and-unders' or 'Gary Owens'. When a player gets a ball far behind his support, he will sometimes put up a high ball and put pressure on the guy fielding it in the hope of getting possession back.
Also, tries are worth 5 points (if you convert the try you get 2 extra points), drop goals and converted penalties are worth 3.