Published on September 18th, 2015 | by Rob Stebbings0
Scrum On Down For Rugby World Cup Stamps
Tonight marks the start of the Rugby World Cup 2015 as England take on Fiji at Twickenham in the opening match of the tournament.
It will be the first of 48 matches scheduled in the tournament which sees 20 of the best international rugby union teams taking part including New Zealand, Australia and South Africa who have each won the Rugby World Cup twice.
To mark the start of the Rugby World Cup 2015 in England, a set of special stamps have been issued which convey the ‘excitement and skill’ of rugby union and also detail the history of the RWC which first took place in 1987. These stamps also depict the different moves and set pieces of the game which is very handy for people watching Rugby Union matches for the first time.
A scrum is awarded for the opposing team occurs following a knock-on (where a player drops the ball forward) or when the ball is passed forward and sees eight of the 15 players (known as the forward pack) bind together. The team who didn’t commit the foul puts the ball into the scrum hoping to retrieve it at the back of the scrum on their side.
A tackle occurs when the ball carrier is held by one or more opponents and brought to ground.
The ball must be thrown from one player to another in either a backwards or lateral direction. Passing forwards using a players hand is not allowed.
In a ruck, one or more players from each team, on their feet and in physical contact, close around the ball on the ground.
There are three ways to score points. A try is worth 5 points awarded for touching the ball down in the opponent’s goal area between the try line and dead ball line.
A conversion is worth 2 points and added for a successful kick through the goalposts after a try.
A goal kick is worth 3 points awarded for either a penalty kick or drop goal through the posts. A penalty kick is awarded after the opposition have committed an offence though a team awarded a penalty may also choose a scrum instead.
3 points are also awarded for a drop-goal when a player kicks the ball from hand through the opposition’s goal posts. The ball is dropped to the ground and is kicked just after it has bounced.
The line-out is a way of restarting play after the ball has been knocked or kicked out of play and consists of three to eight players from each side (the last team not to touch the ball out of play decide how many players will make up the line-out).
A scrum awarded for the opposing team occurs following a knock-on (where a player drops the ball forward) or when the ball is passed forward and sees eight of the 15 players (known as the forward pack) bind together. The team who didn’t commit the foul puts the ball into the scrum hoping to retrieve it at the back of the scrum on their side.
New Zealand were crowned Rugby World Cup champions in 2011 when they defeated France in the final which was held on home soil. England too will be hoping to make home advantage count and win the Rugby World Cup for a second time having famously beaten Australia in the 2003 final held in Sydney.
You can avoid the scrum to get your hands on Rugby World Cup 2015 stamps by ordering them online for next day delivery from the Post Office Shop. Check out the Rugby World Cup presentation pack and the Rugby World Cup stamp cards HERE.