Often compared to American football, Rugby is a far more international game, and is currently played in over 100 countries of the world. In a few of those countries it is the national sport -- some say religion. The sport is growing in the U.S., especially among junior players, and is even played by many Minnesota high schools as a club sport. In 2006 there were 16 girls’ and 18 boys' high school teams in Minnesota.
The basic game involves 15 players on a team, though seven-a-side tournaments are also popular. The object of the game is to score as many points as possible by carrying, passing, kicking and grounding an oval ball in the scoring zone at the far end of the field -- called the in-goal area. The ball may not be passed forward (though it may be kicked forward). Players may not be tackled without the ball.
The sport is governed in the U.S. by USA Rugby, and worldwide by the International Rugby Board. The Rugby World Cup, held every four years, is one of the most-watched international sports events.
For more information on the sport of Rugby visit:
Rugby at the NSC
The National Sports Center has an illustrious history of hosting major rugby events. Here is a sample of the biggest events held on the NSC fields.
» 2008 MARF Boys and Girls State Championships
» 2007 U23 and All-Star Women’s Championships
» 2007 USA and Canada National Team Training Camp
» 2002-2005 Minnesota Rugby Football Union college championships
» 2003- 2005 USA Rugby U23 Women's National Championships
» 2002-2004 USA Women's National Team Training Camp
» 2004 USA vs. Canadian Women's National Team Test Match
» 2003 Boys' and Girls' Regional High School Championship
» 2002-2005 MARF (Minnesota Amateur Rugby Football) boys' and girls' state championships
» 2003-2004 USA Rugby Women's Sweet 16 Division I & II
» 2003-2005 USA Women's Rugby Division I & II Championship
To inquire about renting fields at the National Sports Center for rugby, contact Bob Williams, 763.785.5614 or firstname.lastname@example.org