Rugby is an intensely physical team sport where players attempt to run, throw, or kick a ball to the opposing teams side. First played in early 19th century England, rugby has since become the second most popular team sport in the world. Each game is played by two teams of 15 players who attempt to pass or kick a ball laterally or backwards without being tackled. After two 40 minute halves, the team that gained the most points from successful tries, goals, and drop goals, wins the game. Despite intense popularity, Rugby has only been played as an Olympic sport four times.

How long is a rugby match?


There are two 40-minute halves that equal out to 80 minutes of playing time. Time is also affected on whether the match goes into extra time in knockout stages if so, there are two extra time periods that last 10 minutes each.

What is a scrum in rugby?


A scrum is a form of restarting play in rugby. It involving players jumping on each other and interlocking arms and head to fighting for possession of the ball when the ball is lost and neither team has possession.

How do you play rugby?

Two teams of 15 players each fight for possession of the ball to score into the opposing endzone by carrying, passing, or kicking the ball. The match is started off with a kickoff and the receiving team can score to get five points.

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6’6” | 1.98 m
September 19, 1985
Alun Wyn Jones
198.000
1985.00
34000
3D
Alun Wyn Jones
6’2" | 1.88 m
May 27, 1991
Beauden Barrett
188.000
1991.00
40000
3D
Beauden Barrett
5’11” | 1.80 m
June 12, 1983
Bryan Habana
180.000
1983.00
14000
3D
Bryan Habana
5’10” | 1.78 m
March 5, 1982
Dan Carter
178.000
1982.00
37000
3D
Dan Carter
6’5" | 1.96 m
May 12, 1975
Jonah Lomu
196.000
1975.00
98000
3D
Jonah Lomu
5’10” | 1.78 m
May 25, 1979
Jonny Wilkinson
178.000
1979.00
33000
3D
Jonny Wilkinson
6’4” | 1.93 m
October 26, 1985
Kieran Read
193.000
1985.00
21000
3D
Kieran Read
6’7” | 2.01 m
March 9, 1970
Martin Johnson
201.000
1970.00
17000
3D
Martin Johnson
6’2" | 1.88 m
September 24, 1991
Owen Farrell
188.000
1991.00
89000
3D
Owen Farrell
6’2" | 1.88 m
December 31, 1980
Richie McCaw
188.000
1980.00
33000
3D
Richie McCaw
7.27”-7.77” | 18.46-19.74 cm (Short)
11”-12” | 28-30 cm
14-16 oz | 400-450 g
Rugby Ball
19.740
30.000
0.450
1700
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Rugby BallPerspective view of a 3D model of a Rugby BallPerspective view of a 3D model of a Rugby Ball
52.5’ | 16 m (Minimum)
18.71’-19.03’ | 5.7-5.8 m (Overall)
Rugby Goal Post
1600.000
580.000
70
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Rugby Goal PostPerspective view of a 3D model of a Rugby Goal PostPerspective view of a 3D model of a Rugby Goal Post
223’ | 68 m
367.5’-400.25’ | 112-122 m
81,978-89,297 ft² | 7616-8296 m²
Rugby Pitch - League
6800.000
12200.000
8296.00
900
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Rugby Pitch - LeagueView of a League Rugby Pitch in 3D available for downloadView of a League Rugby Pitch in 3D available for download
223.1’-229.66’ | 68-70 m
347.77’-472.44’ | 106-144 m
77,586-108,500 ft² | 7208-10080 m²
Rugby Pitch - Union
7000.000
14400.000
10080.00
900
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Rugby Pitch - Union3D model of a Union Rugby Pitch viewed in perspective3D model of a Union Rugby Pitch viewed in perspective
6’5" | 1.96 m
September 12, 1983
Sergio Parisse
196.000
1983.00
17000
3D
Sergio Parisse
5’10” | 1.78 m (Estimated)
May 7, 1959
Steve Hansen
178.000
1959.00
18000
3D
Steve Hansen
Dan Carter
Height comparison diagram of Dan Carter compared to other rugby players

In test match rugby, New Zealand's rugby player Dan Carter is the highest point scorer besides being considered the best fly-half in rugby history. The former All Blacks player is currently with Super Rugby and plays either center position or as the first-five eighth. Dan has been a three-time International Rugby Board (IRB) Player of the Year, won three Super Rugby titles, and has twenty-nine tries under his belt. He won nine Tri-Nations and Rugby Championships with the All Blacks. Other accolades include being a five-time NPC/Air New Zealand Cup Champion, Ranfurly Shield holder, and Super Cup Centurion.

Dan Carter has a height of 5’10” (1.78 m).

Collection of drawings of Dan Carter measured with overall height
In test match rugby, New Zealand's rugby player Dan Carter is the highest point scorer besides being considered the best fly-half in rugby history. The former All Blacks player is currently with Super Rugby and plays either center position or as the first-five eighth.

Dan Carter has a height of 5’10” (1.78 m).

Collection of drawings of Dan Carter measured with overall height
Dan Carter
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Nationality: New Zealand

Position: Fly-Half, Centre

Years Active: 2002—

Birthday
March 5, 1982

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Dan Carter standing, running, stance

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Rugby Goal Post
Scaled illustration of a Rugby Goal Post compared to a Field Goal Post and a Soccer Goal

A Rugby Goal Post is an H-shaped goal post position at either end of the field opposite one another, used for scoring goals in Rugby. Rugby players use the rugby goal post to execute a drop goal, penalty goal, and conversion goal. Players usually drop or play the ball below the crossbar to make a score or convert a try and receive points. A player must kick the ball above the crossbar and between the H-shaped goal post. Otherwise, no points are awarded if the ball does not pass in between the H-shaped goal post.

Rugby Goal Posts are regulated with the top of the crossbar at 9.84’ (3 m) and an inside width of 18.04’ (5.5 m) for Rugby League and 18.37’ (5.6 m) for Rugby Union games. The overall height of a Rugby Goal Post must be a minimum of 52.5’ (16 m). The posts have a diameter of 4" (101.6 mm) and the lower 6.56’ (2 m) should be wrapped with 4" (101.6 mm) thick padding.

Dimensioned set of drawings of a Rugby Goal Post measured with width, height, and crossbar height
A Rugby Goal Post is an H-shaped goal post position at either end of the field opposite one another, used for scoring goals in Rugby. Rugby players use the rugby goal post to execute a drop goal, penalty goal, and conversion goal. Players usually drop or play the ball below the crossbar for a score.

Rugby Goal Posts are regulated with the top of the crossbar at 9.84’ (3 m) and an inside width of 18.04’ (5.5 m) for Rugby League and 18.37’ (5.6 m) for Rugby Union games. The overall height of a Rugby Goal Post must be a minimum of 52.5’ (16 m). The posts have a diameter of 4" (101.6 mm) and the lower 6.56’ (2 m) should be wrapped with 4" (101.6 mm) thick padding.

Dimensioned set of drawings of a Rugby Goal Post measured with width, height, and crossbar height
Rugby Goal Post
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52.5’ | 16 m (Minimum)
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18.71’-19.03’ | 5.7-5.8 m (Overall)
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Crossbar Width (Inside): 18.04’ | 5.5 m (League); 18.37’ | 5.6 m (Union)
Crossbar Height: 9.84’ | 3 m (Top)
Post Diameter: 4” | 101.6 mm
Padding Height: 6.56’ | 2 m
Padding Thickness: 4” | 101.6 mm
Materials: Structural aluminum tubing; high impact foam padding with vinyl cover

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Bryan Habana
Series of scaled illustrations comparing the height of Bryan Habana with other related rugby players

Bryan Habana ranks high among former rugby union players who ensured South Africa remained a dominant force to reckon with in rugby. He played wing for the Springboks, becoming the greatest rugby union player in rugby history. Bryan is ranked number two among all try test scorers with sixty-seven tries. He was a dominant figure in helping the Springboks win the 2007 Rugby World Cup, becoming International Rugby Board (IRB) Player of the Year and 2012 International Rugby Players' Association Try of the Year. Bryan has also won the Tri-Nations and Lion Series, two Heineken Cup European Champions/European Rugby Champions Cups, Currie Cups, and Super Rugby titles.

Bryan Habana has a height of 5’11” (1.80 m).

Series of elevation drawings of Bryan Habana in rugby positions measured with overall height
Bryan Habana ranks high among former rugby union players who ensured South Africa remained a dominant force to reckon with in rugby. He played wing for the Springboks, becoming the greatest rugby union player in rugby history. Bryan is ranked number two among all try test scorers with 67 tries.

Bryan Habana has a height of 5’11” (1.80 m).

Series of elevation drawings of Bryan Habana in rugby positions measured with overall height
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Nationality: South Africa

Position: Wing

Years Active: 2003-2018

Birthday
June 12, 1983

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Bryan Habana standing, running, stance

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Alun Wyn Jones
Height comparison diagram of Alun Wyn Jones compared to other rugby players

Alun Wyn Jones captains the Wales national rugby team. The professional rugby union player had also captained Ospreys and is both Wales' and the world's most-capped rugby union player. He plays the lock position and has also played as a blindside flanker in his first debut for Wales. Jones has won three grand slams besides taking home the best player award in the 2019 Six Nations Championship. In 2016, he made his twenty-first try breaking Ospreys previous record. These field successes saw him receive the appointment as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).

Alun Wyn Jones has a height of 6’6” (1.98 m).

Collection of drawings of Alun Wyn Jones measured with overall height
Alun Wyn Jones captains the Wales national rugby team. The professional rugby union player had also captained Ospreys and is both Wales' and the world's most-capped rugby union player. He plays the lock position and has also played as a blindside flanker in his first debut for Wales.

Alun Wyn Jones has a height of 6’6” (1.98 m).

Collection of drawings of Alun Wyn Jones measured with overall height
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Nationality: Wales

Position: Lock

Years Active: 2004—

Birthday
September 19, 1985

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Alun Wyn Jones standing, running, stance

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Owen Farrell
Series of scaled illustrations comparing the height of Owen Farrell with other related rugby players

Owen Farrell hails from England with rugby roots, as his father was a rugby player and a coach. The professional rugby union player plays for Saracens, an English rugby union club, and captains England's national team. Farrell prefers to play the fly-half position but assumes the inside center position in international marches. He has made twenty tries, and one of his greatest moments is helping England to a record-breaking victory over New Zealand in 2012 at Twickenham. Farrell has won the Autumn Nations Cup Champions, Six Nations Championship Champion three times, Triple crown Champion three times, and Calcutta Cup Championship seven times.

Owen Farrell has a height of 6’2" (1.88 m).

Series of elevation drawings of Owen Farrell in rugby positions measured with overall height
Owen Farrell hails from England with rugby roots, as his father was a rugby player and a coach. The professional rugby union player plays for Saracens, an English rugby union club, and captains England's national team. Farrell prefers to play the fly-half position but also plays inside center.

Owen Farrell has a height of 6’2" (1.88 m).

Series of elevation drawings of Owen Farrell in rugby positions measured with overall height
Owen Farrell
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Nationality: England

Position: Fly-Half, Inside Centre

Years Active: 2008—

Birthday
September 24, 1991

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Owen Farrell standing, running, stance

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