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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.
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
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