The Philippines is a sports loving country. Filipinos are known to be huge and passionate sports fans. So it is not surprising that a lot of sports from foreign countries have made huge waves among the Filipino people. It is common knowledge that basketball is the most popular and loved sports in the Philippines, but there are also other sports that Filipinos enjoy doing and watching. Pinoys also love volleyball, boxing, football, rugby, and swimming.
When you hear the word rugby, you would instantly think of the adhesive, and not the sport. Rugby football was invented in 1823 at Rugby School in Rugby, Warwickshire, England, hence the name. William Ellis is credited as the person who invented the game. The sport is divided into two form—rugby union and rugby league. Both forms of the game have similar basic rules and use the same oval-shaped ball and points are scored through conversions, tries, and penalty and drop goals. The sport was split into two in 195 because of issues with the Rugby Football Union. In Rugby League there are thirteen players on each team playing on a field while in the Union there are two teams with 15 players each also on the field. The number of players is not the only difference between the two; the rules, gameplay, and positions of the players on the field are also different.
Like all the other sports in the world, rugby also has some essentials in other to play the game, the ball and other playing equipment. The rugby ball or the quanco is an elongated ellipsoidal ball, originally made of leather casings; these balls are now made of synthetic waterproof materials to prevent water-logging. The difference between the ball used for Union and the ball used for League is that the ball for the latter one is slightly more pointed than the first one. This game also calls for the proper protective and training (pitch and gym). Protective equipment include head gears, mouth guards, and shoulder pads and contact suits.
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