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Rugby For Dummies



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This is the 3rd edition with a publication date of 8/29/2011.

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Rugby For Dummies is the top guide to rugby in North America, endorsed by USA Rugby and Rugby Canada, the official regulating bodies for the sport. The book provides readers with a look at how the game is played, offers strategies for winning, and covers every level of the sport, from high school to college (including women's rugby) to the international leagues. This new edition addresses changes to the sport's rules, includes new player bios, and looks at rugby's upcoming return to the Olympic games.

Author Biography

Mathew Brown is the producer and host of Rugby World on Fox Soccer Plus.

Patrick Guthrie is the Director of Broadcast and Sports Development for the City of Glendale, CO.

Greg Growden is a rugby correspondent and author of Gold, Mud 'n' Guts.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: Rugby: Roots, Boots, and All 7

Chapter 1: Rugby's Beginnings, Allure, and a Basic Overview 9

Chapter 2: The Basics 19

Chapter 3: Grab Your Rugby Gear 33

Part II: Getting Down and Dirty 45

Chapter 4: Location, Location, Location: Positions on the Pitch 47

Chapter 5: Laying Down the Laws 65

Chapter 6: Understanding the Fundamentals 77

Chapter 7: Playing the Game 97

Chapter 8: The Art of Scrummaging 113

Chapter 9: Lineouts: Restarting from Touch 127

Chapter 10: Individual Skills 143

Chapter 11: Tactics and Teamwork 165

Chapter 12: Talented Training 183

Part III: Welcome to the Oval Planet 193

Chapter 13: The World Cup 195

Chapter 14: The International Calendar 211

Chapter 15: North American Rugby 227

Chapter 16: Amateur Rugby in North America 243

Chapter 17: Collegiate, High School, and Youth Rugby in North America 251

Part IV: Coaching and Refereeing 259

Chapter 18: Coaching 261

Chapter 19: Coaching Certifi cation and Advancement 273

Chapter 20: Managing the Game: The Referee 281

Part V: Following the Game: The Informed Fan 289

Chapter 21: Get Your Game: Rugby on TV 291

Chapter 22: Spectating and Staying in Touch with Rugby News 297

Part VI: The Part of Tens 309

Chapter 23: The Ten Greatest North American Men 311

Chapter 24: The Ten Greatest North American Women 317

Chapter 25: The Ten Best Rugby Moments 323

Glossary 331

Index 341

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