Rugby... do you know the difference between a hooker and a flyhalf?

By: Scott Nordlund
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About This Quiz

The all knowing quiz about rugby; the hooligans game played by gentlemen.

When was Rugby invented?

Although no one can pinpoint exactly what year this game was invented, the 1800's has been pegged down as the century.

What version of rugby is in the Olympics?

Rugby returns to the Olympics with Rugby Sevens as a sport for both men and woman, this is compared to the other two types which is Union 15's and League 13's

How many forwards are there on a regulation 15 a side team?

There are 8 forwards, two props, a hook, two locks, two flankers and a 8th man to round up the scrum.

The Rugby World Cup happens every how many years?

The Rugby World Cup is every four years, with the next one happening in Japan in 2019

What is the oldest rugby club?

Founded in 1854 the Dublin Football Club is the oldest rugby club in the world, it is a no wonder they are a constant stop for touring sides coming over to Ireland.

Who won the first ever rugby match?

Scotland and England played in the first game with Scotland winning the match in a stunning turn of events. Scotish fans have yet to let the English forget about that.

What is the most points you can score in one play?

A try is worth 5 points, while you can go for a convert after, it is not considered the same play

The convert after a try is worth how many points?

A convert is worth 2 points, and combined with a 5 point try, makes the maximum scoring play in the game worth 7

What must you do after you cross the goalline to score a try?

To score a try, you must touch the ball down with control on or over the try line with either one hand or two. An opponent can hold the ball up when they place a body, or hand in between the ball and the ground

What country has rugby to thank for being the biggest sporting event ever to take place?

The 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand was the biggest sporting event the country ever saw, now only if Lord of the Rings was a sport!

If you get a yellow card, where do you need to stand?

If you are awarded a yellow card you need to stand in the sin bin, as you have been sinful. In youth games, the sin bin is often located under the oppositions goal post as they lack they facilities for a sin bin.

You cannot pass what way in rugby?

A forward pass in the game of rugby is illegal, and results in a bent arm penalty (options of scrum, 10 yard restart or a kick)

How many players play on a rugby league team?

A rugby league team has 13 players, which is two less than their union cousins.League is extremely popular in Australia, New Zealand and in parts of England

What country does the Haka before every major rugby game?

The New Zealand All Blacks perform the haka, and is infamous for their pregame war dance that it is emulated in a number of sports and countries across the world. You should really see the New Zealand hockey team perform the haka on ice... it is a spectacle

What nation lost 142-0 to Australia in 2003?

The largest winning margin is held by Australia, who beat Namibia 142-0 in the 2003 championship, a bit of a blowout. This score was deemed necessary as point differential comes into play during the Rugby World Cup

What city has hosted Rugby World Cup games for four World Cups?

Cardiff will become the first city to be involved in four World Cups – 1991, 1999, 2007, 2015.

When was the first Rugby World Cup

The first world cup was the 1987 World Cup hosted by New Zealand and Australia, with New Zealand coming out victorious

Which team was boycotted in 1987 from competing?

South Africa was boycotted due to apartheid issues within their own country, this was a global sports ban, and was considered a big deal due to the fact South Africa would have had a good chance to win the first Rugby World Cup

Who won the first Rugby World Cup?

New Zealand defeated France in the Rugby World Cup final in 1987, and became the first ever Ellis Trophy winners

Invictus is based on what rugby world cup?

South Africa hosted the Rugby World Cup in 1995, and the movie Invictus has this as the backdrop dealing with Apartheid and the country of South Africa coming together through rugby, a dominant white sport with a history of not choosing black players. In this World Cup they chose a black starter at wing who ended up being a star, and this began the unification of the country.

What team has three second place finishes in the Rugby World Cup?

France has come second three times, and has never won a championship, much to the happiness of the English from across the chanel

How many nations have made it to the finals for the Rugby World Cup?

There have been five countries to make it to the finals at least once, those being France, New Zealand, Australia, England and South Africa

Where is the next Rugby World Cup?

Japan will host the 2019 World Cup, along with hosting the 2020 Olympic Summer Games which will include Rugby Sevens

Where was the last Rugby World Cup?

England hosted the 2015 World Cup, with games happening in Wales as well due to facility availability and the easiness of travel between the countries.

The IRB expanded the World Cup to how many teams in 1999

The IRB expanded the tournament to 20 teams to allow for smaller or second tier nations an easier path to the World Cup. There are now four pools with five teams, with the top 2 teams from each pool advancing to the knockout stage.

What team addition has made rugby the first game to be cross Atlantic in a league?

The Toronto Wolfpack will start play in the English Rugby League in 2017 in the third tier. This will be the first ever transatlantic sports franchise, with the first transpacific sports league being the Super 14 in Australia/ New Zealand with a team in Argentina.

When did the Womans World Rugby Cup begin?

The Woman's Rugby World Cup started in 1991 with the USA taking the title. The Womans side has seen its popularity grow, and will soon sell out the entire tournament with its fast paced and marketable players.

Which woman's team has placed third place five times?

France has placed third five times, and has never won a championship. Both the Men's and Woman's fifteen teams from France have done an amazing job at being first or second loser, but is now infamous for coming up short in the big game,

Who wears the #2?

The hooker wears #2, and generally is a small person in the scrum, that is able to quickly react to balls entering the scrum, and traditionally is the thrower of line outs on the team

Who wears #9

The scrum half wears #9 and is generally a smaller quick person that is able to not only control the pace of play, but can kick, pass and run with the best of them

Who wears #15?

The fullback wears #15 and is generally a fast person that can tackle. They are the last line of defence and needs to be able to perform under pressure

Traditionally who throws the ball in on lineouts?

The hooker traditionally throws the ball in a lineout, although most teams no longer only allow the hooker to throw, that job goes to someone who can do it!

What is the infraction if you knock the ball forward?

A knock on is called when someone knocks the ball forward, and results in a scrum for the other team. Always awkward if you do it when you are open for a try and drop the ball

Who won the first Olympic gold in Men's Rugby Sevens?

Fiji won the first ever gold medal in Men's Rugby Sevens and the nation went crazy. The head coach was offered a chiefhood, as well as free land on the Pacific Island.

Who won the first Olympic gold in Woman's Rugby Sevens?

Australia won the first gold medal in Woman's Rugby Sevens, and the Lady Roo's cemented their number one ranking in the world with purpose

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