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About The Beauty of Shapes in Rugby

The beauty in the world is all about math, and above everything else, geometry. So, let’s reunite all the basic notions of geometry within the spectrum of shapes that our beloved sport has to offer. Join this trip to between the lines of the meeting circles of the members of this passionate community, the parallel lines of the corridor that finishes off the time of the game; the line that holds the anxiety of the defense, the majestic halfway line, and completing the puzzle, the indispensable piece that constructs the meeting of both forwards in the scrum.

Maybe you’re new on this sport, which was for a long time compared by many to American Football, but paraphrasing a popular rugby saying: (American) Football is a gentleman’s game usually played by ruffians, and rugby is a ruffian’s game played by gentlemen; that’s basically all you need to know to understand the sport. Some readers might want some help in order to have some situations more clear during a match, so here are some commonly used vocabulary in the sport and the basic rules of the game.

The oval

The shape of the ball in rugby was revolutionary from the beginning, legend says that the shape can be attributed to the hog’s bladder that was introduced inside the ball and allowed to mold this curious form. Since then, rugby and pork have been a winning combination, only comparable to the excitement of an unexpected and unpredictable kickback and the beautiful work of art of the proven reflexes of the player going after the score.

The parallels

These are the sticks that point right up. They are joined by a horizontal bar, as if they were a giant jump of height, they challenge the kickers and invite them to profane their enormity by managing to introduce the oval in their space. Perhaps trespassing these parallel bars should have a bigger reward, a better prize, rather than something as simple as three points. Such an achievement deserves more recognition. When there’s a pass, the parallels are on the spot: In rows of variant numbers the players seem to lose it for a moment, they scream in ciphered codes, languages near to Sanskrit and do seemingly senseless dances that are the ingredients and seasonings for the recipe to conquer the melon, and of course, the goal.

The Rectangle

A plane, rectangular field. Covered on grass, either natural or synthetic. Flanked by the giant parallel posts. With flags and lines that delimit zones that determine phases of the game. This is a very cold description of the game field, luckily for all rugby fans, this is not just a space to play a game, on the ground of battle there’s a spirit that gives us purpose, some kind of holy sacred feeling. This is why the field is so important as a space to share and debate as equals with one’s adversaries, enjoy good company, tasty food, deep and intense emotions and the battle between 30 gentlemen, all men in the field are conscious of the greatness of our sport.