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The game of rugby is played with two opposing teams, most often played with either 15 or 7 players per side.
The game is played on a grass or turf field similar to football or soccer. At each end of the field is a marked try zone within which are erected goal posts similar to those in American football.
Players advance the ball toward the opponent's try zone by running with the ball in hand, kicking the ball forward, or by passing the ball backwards to another teammate to then run forward with the ball. Forward passes are not allowed and result in a turnover of possession.
Once entering the opponent's try zone the ball must be controlled and touched down onto the ground to score a 5 point try. A conversion kick through the goal posts results in a 2 point score. Kicking the ball through the goal posts after a penalty or during play with a drop kick results in a 3 point score.
Defensively, players stop progress of opposing players by wrapping arms around and tackling an opponent, or by taking possession of a loose ball.
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