England vs United States Live Stream: The USA is in a pool with England, France, Argentina, and Tonga. Realistically, the USA have a real struggle on their hands. Only two teams go through and it is almost certain to be two of England, France, and Argentina, probably the first two of those. But, you never know. The game against Tonga, at least, should be competitive. The rugby world cup is played every four years. This year its in Japan, hence the kick off time. The winner of the final, played November 2nd, will be world champions.
A try is worth five points. Like a touchdown, you score one of those if you cross the try line. Unlike a touchdown, you have to actually place the ball on the ground. You can add another two points with a conversion, which is like a field goal. Following a try, this is a kick taken from a point in line with where the ball was grounded for the try and you have to kick the ball between the upright posts. That is why players who cross the try line in a wide position will, if they can, move into the center to ground the ball. It sets up an easier conversion. A converted try is, thus, worth seven points.
Penalties can be awarded for a vast number of things and have to be taken from where the penalty was awarded. If you feel your kicker can manage it, you can set the ball down and kick for goal. Again, like a field goal in football, you have to stick it between the upright posts and you get three points. If you are close enough to the try line, you can go for a drop goal. Here, any player on the team can get hold of the ball and try and kick, from open play, through the uprights. Do this, and you get three points.
A rugby team contains fifteen players, unless any are sent off. This is divided between forwards and backs. There are eight forwards who get their names from the position taken in the scrum (more of that later). The front row. Numbers 1 (loosehead prop), 2 (hooker), and 3 (tighthead prop). These guys are generally small and stocky, their job is to fight and ferret for the ball. The second row. Two lock forwards numbered 4 and 5. They are typically tall (which is important in the line out – more of that later) with powerful legs (which matters in the scrum).
The back row. These are 6 (the blindside flanker), 7 (the openside flanker), and 8 (just known as the back row). The flankers are a mix of speed and strength. They have to be quick enough to break away from the scrum with the ball in an attacking scrum and strong enough to break the line or take the tackle when they do. They also have to be strong enough to stop the opposition’s flankers doing the same to them. The back row provides power at the back of the scrum, augmenting the locks, but also feeds the ball back out of the scrum to the scrum half.
Number 9 is the scrum half. Along with the fly half, this is the fulcrum of the team, sort of two people doing the job of a quarterback. The scrum half gets the ball out of the scrum from the back row and can either run it, pass it, or kick it. When a ball carrying player is tackled and goes to ground, a maul will form with offensive forwards trying to protect the ball and offensive forwards trying to win it. The scrum half will pop up behind the maul to receive the ball from the tackled player and run it, pass it, or kick it himself. If he is the tackled player, someone else has to step up.
Number 10 is the fly half. Probably closest to a quarterback. They get the ball from the scrum half and can run it, pass it, or kick it. They play behind the scrum half so have a little more time to consider their play before getting hit (or sacked). Top fly halves can dictate a game.
Number 12 is inside center and number 13 is outside center. A little like flankers, they have to be quick enough to run and break the opposition line when they receive the ball, and strong enough to tackle their opposite number when they try the same thing.
Number 11 is the left wing and number 14 is the right wing. Typically the smallest and fastest guys on the team, their job is to receive the ball out wide and sprint down the touchline. (Declaring an interest, these were my old positions)
Number 15 is the full back. They sit deep looking for kicks over the top. If they catch one, they can go over to the attack, like a kick returner. They will also act as backstop against an opposition player breaking the line and getting through for a try.