National teams

 Famous rugby teams: Irish rugby team, Pumas, etc.

The game of hooligans, which are played by gentlemen, as Sir Robert Moore once characterized rugby, is cultivated in 100 countries of the world. So many national teams included in the ranking of the International Rugby Football. However, this beautiful figure should not be misleading: approximately at the junction of the first and second ten in the world table of ranks, the border separates the top teams from the rest. The difference in class between the representatives of the elite and the second echelon is so great that there are almost no sensations. And the predictability of results negatively affects the occupancy of the stands, and indeed the interest in the sport as a whole. Trying to change the situation, the president of IRB Bernard Lapasse proclaims the thesis about “openness of rugby for all countries, not just the top ten,” and lobbies for the expansion of the geography of the top tournaments. As part of this policy, Hong Kong received the opportunity to host the Rugby-7 World Cup in 2005, and the United Arab Emirates in 2009. This summer it is the turn of Russia.

Consolation “Cup”

The tournament regulations for the G7 debut in the Olympic Games program are simple: according to the rating, teams are divided into four baskets, each of which delegates one representative to a group. Thus, the 24 national teams form six quartets, within each of which there is a one-round tournament. Three points are given for a victory, two points for a draw, and one for a loss. The eight teams with the highest points in the Olympic system determine the winner and the winners, the next octet fights for the “Plate” and the seats starting from the ninth, the rest – for the “Bowl” and positions from 17th and below. This was the fate that awaited the hosts of the tournament.

The head coach of the Russian national team, Alexander Aksyonenko, managed to collect the optimal composition, which included one of the strongest English clubs at Northampton Saints, Vasily Artemyev. However the task of to get into the first eight failed. Defeats from South Africans and Scottish national team put an end to the hopes of the Russians, and a draw in the final round with the Japanese sent the national team, as well as representatives of the Land of the Rising Sun, into the weakest octet.

There Aksenenko’s wards won all three matches, and in the final of them the same Japanese were literally crushed with a score of 29: 5. The “Bowl” was the reward, because according to the tournament regulations, the strongest in every eight receive a prize. “We are realists and we understand that we do not enter the elite of world rugby. Everything could have happened in our favor, but it should be recognized: the teams that beat us were more worthy of victory, ”the leader of the Russian team Vasily Artemyev summed up the tournament, and its head coach Alexander Aksenenko said: “I think that at the group stage the blame was the burden of responsibility that bound the team. When he was gone, we showed a more confident game.”

Hegemony of New Zealand rugby team

New Zealanders became champions, in the quarterfinals, defeated the previous owners of the trophy from Wales, and then defeated the Fiji team and England national rugby team. The final ended with a discouraging 33: 0 score for the ancestors of the game. “For 12 years we have not drunk from the champion cup. But now we had an outstanding match, my boys clearly adhered to the plan and played with their hearts,” said New Zealand head coach Gordon Tietgins after the victory. And the head of the New Zealand Rugby Union, Steve Tew, singling out Tim Mikkelson and Gilles Kaka for his team, rightly noted that his country can be considered a trendsetter in this sport, as its teams are champions in both the G7 and the classic with 15 players on the field.

The women’s tournament also ended with a confident victory for the team of New Zealand, which in the final defeated the Canadians. Russians were better than domestic men. Led by Pavel Baranovsky, the team won against the Japanese and English women, and the match against the French made a draw. However, it was not possible to go further than the first round: the future finalists from the Maple Leaf Country were an insurmountable obstacle. The final seventh place was considered by Baranovsky to be a good result: “It was well played; they didn’t fail a single match. There is a lack of experience, not enough “physics”, today we have only 6-7 world-class players, the rest are just learning.” Representatives of Shamrocks carefully watched the game of their teams and analyzed what was happening.

See you next year

Back in May, it was believed that the G7 World Cup in Moscow might be the last: in connection with the inclusion of rugby in the program of the Olympic Games, he could simply not find a place in the calendar. In addition to the aforementioned competitions, there is a world series in this sport, consisting of nine tournaments from October to May. True, its permanent participants are only elite teams, while the rest, including the Russian, are invited to one or two events a year. However, the seventh place in the World Cup will allow girls to become full participants in the World Series.

For the promotion of the game, this situation is not very favorable, so the IRB, after consulting with the sponsors, found an opportunity to save the world cup. The next tournament of this kind will be organized once every four years, so that the gap between the major competitions in the G7 does not exceed two years. “12 men’s and 12 women’s teams will play at the Olympics. The World Cup is played by 24 men’s and 16 women’s teams, this tournament allows more national teams to compete at a high level. We are confident that it will help us increase the competitiveness of some participants and will raise interest in rugby-7 in many countries,” Bernard Lapasse, President of IRB says. It should be noted that interest is indeed growing.

Georgian rugby team lost to Italian team

The Georgian national rugby team lost to the Italian team (all people know famous Italian Azzurri) with a score of 28:17. The test match against the national team of Italy national rugby union team took place in Florence at the Artemio Franchi Stadium. The Italian national team, which is on the 14th line of the world ranking, seized the advantage in the second half of the first half and was no longer inferior to the guests. The first half ended with a score of 18: 7 in favor of the home team.

The second half was even less successful for Lelos. Until the end of the meeting, the advantage was preserved for the Italians. Earlier, the head coach of the Georgian national team Milton Hague noted that the team has many injured players who could not enter the field. Until now, the Georgian national team met three times with the Italian team and lost all three matches.

The first time the team crossed 20 years ago. Then the Georgians lost with the score 7:51. In 2000, the Georgian national team lost 14:31. The meeting, held in 2003, was held in almost equal struggle and ended with a score of 31:22. In the Tbilisi Square of the First Republic, the match was broadcast live. To support the national team, before the start of the game in the capital, the fans marched along Shota Rustaveli Avenue and sang the national anthem.

Special features of rugby

In all British countries (British Lions is national British rugby team) rugby is still considered an elitist, aristocratic sport, a reflection of its historical past. There is even a saying in England: rugby is a hooligan game played by gentlemen, and football is a gentleman game played by hooligans. Fortunately, now, without exception, everyone can play rugby, but still a certain clubbing veil remains, as well as a special spirit and culture of the game. In England, rugby has historically been considered a university sport. Almost in all and in the oldest universities in Britain – for sure, there are rugby teams and the traditional Varsity match – Oxford vs. Cambridge, at the main rugby stadium in England, in London. Rugby is also a must-have sport for all male members of the royal family, they all go through this school when they are mature, and this is part of good parenting.

Symbols of national rugby teams

Traditionally, all rugby teams and clubs are chosen as the symbol of the team representative of the flora or fauna. What is depicted on the chest of the newly-made Olympians?

  • At first, Brazilian rugby was unofficially associated with Walt Disney’s Zé Carioca, a cartoon character, and a green parrot from Rio. After some time, the Brazilian Rugby Union (SRB) chose Victoria’s Amazonian aquatic plant as the official symbol of the national team. However, this emblem did not take root at all. In March 2012, the leadership of the DRR declared Tupi (the ancient people of Brazil) the official nickname, and the symbol – the leader Tupi but on the form in the coat of arms instead of the leader depicted a rugby ball.
  • On the emblem, as well as on the emblem of the country, depicted a lion. In the mythology of various peoples of Africa, the “king of beasts” symbolizes power, greatness and power.
  • Like many other teams, the Americans chose the symbol of the animal team. The emblem of the USA is the bald eagle. It is believed that this bird symbolizes strength, courage, freedom and immortality. Interestingly, Benjamin Franklin once proposed to make a turkey as a symbol, because he believed that this bird is more noble and respectable.
  • All sports teams in Spain depict a lion on their emblem. The “king of beasts” is adorned on the emblem of the country, as a symbol of one of the kingdoms, which was adopted in the Middle Ages. In the European tradition, the lion is a symbol of power, embodying the power of the sun and fire. Courage, valor, pride, nobility, justice and triumph are also associated with the image of this predatory animal.
  • XV de France. Gallic cock is a symbol of France. Ancient Romans called Galls the Celts who inhabited Gaul – the territory of modern France, Belgium and Northern Italy. Until 1912, the French rugby team, which was then white, depicted two rings: red and blue, which served as the prototype for the Olympic emblem proposed by Pierre de Coubertin in 1913. After the first victory of the French team over Scotland national rugby union team in 1911, the captain of the team Marcel Kommyuno insisted that the Gallic cock be depicted on the uniform of the national team players. The symbol of the French rugby team gained great fame and popularity. He was adopted by various French sports federations.
  • Australia (national team is Wallabies). In 1908, the first team was assembled, which went to play in Britain. The team received the name “Rabbits” (rabbits). However, the players considered this nickname humiliating and changed it to “Australian Wallabis”, a kangaroo, which is depicted on the emblem.
  • New Zealand. The silver fern became the symbol of All Blacks in 1880. Today, all the country’s athletes proudly wear the coat of arms on the uniform. At that time, most rugby players of the national team were from the Maori tribe. Maori believed that the silver fern once lived in the sea. Later he moved to the forests where he served as a guide home for hunters. Silver fern was called because the leaves at night catch the moonlight and reflect it, radiating a silvery light illuminating the road.
  • The national emblem depicts a jaguar that lives only in South Africa and is a national symbol of the country. Interestingly, after the match in 1965, in which the junior national team of Argentina beat South Africa, one of the journalists mistakenly took the symbol of the jaguar team for puma. Since then, the nickname of the team has become “Los Pumas”, despite the fact that the coat of arms depicts another beast.
  • Welsh Rugby Team. They have red clothes. Wales’s national rugby union team has a qualification of highest level.
  • South Africa (national teams are Springboks and Leopards). The emblem of South Africa Springboks shows a springbok (antelope jumper) and a royal protean. The latter appeared only in 2003. For the first time, an African antelope was depicted on the national team’s coat of arms in 1906. Since then, the animal has become a powerful symbol of not only rugby, but also of the country. Springbok even became a symbol of the South African air force during World War II. However, now the South African government is actively trying to eradicate the antelope from the national team.
  • The symbol of the national team of Japan has become Sakura. In the land of the rising sun cherry color symbolizes the clouds (due to the fact that many flowers of sakura often bloom simultaneously). Sakura flower is deeply symbolic in Japanese culture, sports and art.
  • On the rugby championship of the Olympic champions palm is depicted. In the eyes of most, Fiji looks like an island paradise, palm trees grow at every step. The first international match the Fiji national team held with the team of Auckland College in 1926. Then for the first time the islanders put on a white form with an emblem on which a palm tree was depicted.
  • The maple leaf is a symbol of Canada, all sports teams, and rugby is no exception. On the chest of the bronze medalists of the first Olympic Games there is a maple leaf with the figure of a man with a rugby ball. Its use is due to the presence of a significant number of maples in Canada. The tree is a significant economic resource. In addition to the supply of a large amount of forest, maple sugar collected every year participates in the export of the country’s resources.
  • Great Britain (the famous team Dragons plays from Wales). The emblem of England rugby team shows a seven and a rugby ball. But the main symbol of the state, the lion, flaunts on rugby athletes and has become part of a recognizable form design. The predator has been associated with England from the 11th century. Centuries later, when Richard I came to power, the lion finally became entrenched in the coat of arms. The ruler is also known as Richard the Lionheart.

Who plays rugby the best?

Leader is New Zealand. Before the start of the match, local rugby players are dancing a hack dance – maybe this is the secret of success. Haka is the national ritual of the local Maori people, which is interesting; they have hacks for any occasion: welcoming, belligerent, festive, etc. And the hack that the New Zealand team dances is not at all belligerent, just looks threatening. In New Zealand, rugby is a cult, almost a religion; the people there are obsessed with this sport. The All Blacks brand is very famous in the world – it is the nickname of the national rugby team of New Zealand, which has arisen due to their unusual form: completely black!

Rugby spirit

There is such a thing as the spirit of rugby, which distinguishes this sport from others by the fact that respect for an opponent on the field is necessary and largely determines the outcome of the game. In this there really is some kind of elitism and nobility, confirming the supposedly dispelled myth of “sports for the elect.” It happens that captures adrenaline, and you start to lose control, but even despite the excitement in rugby there is no place for meanness, posturing and simulation. When you simulate in football, you get dividends from it, and in rugby, the audience and players will react very negatively and are unlikely to forgive. Therefore, mutual respects, strength of mind, physical and moral overpowering oneself are constant companions of a rugby player. You need to fall a thousand times, get up and remember that if you relax, your partners will bear a big burden. Therefore, endurance, patience, teamwork, and nobility are brought up. As a trainer, they also teach physical skills – to fall, to rise, to endure to the end, to insure partners, and to moral ones – to respect judges and rivals. Rugby teaches parliamentary communication with judges, and it can be fun to watch: only a captain can talk to a judge very respectfully. Recently, in the English Rugby Premier League, the captain approached the judge with a question: sorry, may I ask you? The judge said no. Captain: thank you, sorry. Imagine this in football or hockey is impossible.

What tournaments can I watch to make me like it?

If we talk about national championships, then there are no better leagues in the world than Super Rugby, the English Premier League and the French TOP-14. What are they like?

Super Rugby

Super Rugby is a very popular international championship between New Zealand, Australian rugby team, and South African rugby team, Japan and Argentina take part. At the moment, 18 teams participate in the tournament without the option of sending the last teams to the lower division – there simply isn’t any?

The tournament runs from February to July and consists of 17 rounds of the regular season, after which 8 teams enter the quarter finals with further knockout matches. The subtlety in the game “on the flight” is that the teams play one match at each stage, without the “home-away” system. At the moment, the champion of the tournament is the Hurricaines from New Zealand, and the most titled is also the New Zealand Crusaders (7 titles).

The Premier League is the top division of English rugby where Scottish Thistles is played. The championship involves 12 teams that play on the system “autumn-spring” – from September to May. First, the tournament holds 22 rounds of the regular championship, after which the 4 best teams in the table go to the semifinals and then to the finals, which are held in the English rugby mecca – at London’s Twickenham Stadium, which seats 82,000 spectators. At the same time, following the season results, one team takes the last, 12th place out of the Premier League. In its place comes the winner of the Championship – the second-most powerful club tournament with England national rugby union team. The reigning champion is the Saracins, and the most award-winning club is the Leicester Tigers (10 titles).

TOP 14

Another one is of the most favorite fan tournaments. It is played by France national rugby union team and, as the name implies, 14 teams play in it. The format of the tournament is not similar to any other elite championship where different teams participate, for example, Welsh Dragons. Firstly, in the French championship a completely different form of bonuses with bonuses – here the team that earned 3 attempts more than the opponent gets a bonus point. This was done primarily for the sake of the teams trying to attack until the end of the match and did not calm down after the 4th attempt made, as happens in other championships. The losing team also has a chance to earn a bonus – if it is defeated with a difference of 5 points or less.

Secondly, TOP-14 is played a little longer – from August to June. The championship consists of 26 matches of the regular season, after which the clubs that take 1st and 2nd places automatically get into the semifinals, and two more semi-finalists are determined in the mini-tournament, where the third team plays one game with the sixth and fourth with the fifth. The winners in these fights join the first two semi-finalists. After that, the semi-finals and the final are played – a real decoration of the whole tournament. Last season, the TOP-14 organizers held a decisive match in Barcelona at the famous Camp Nou. It turned out great – the match gathered a full – 98,000th stadium, and the teams gave an amazing show!