Welcome To Denison Men's Rugby 

Established in 1969, located in Granville, OH, The Denison University Men's Rugby Club, continues to stress excellence both on and off the field through our core values: Courage, Discipline, and Fortitude. We currently field two competitive A & B sides. We play/practice at our pitch on New Burg St, on the edge of Denison's Campus, just next to Granville High School. Practices are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 4:30-6:30 with games typically on Saturdays. No experience is necessary to play, just bring cleats, water, and a mouthguard. Any Questions/Comments e-mail Ben Leatherman  leathe_b@denison.edu.

Introduction to the Game

Rugby is a popular game played by men and women of every race and creed, from under age five to well over fifty, in over 100 countries of the world. In a few of those countries it is the national sport -- some say religion.

The basic game involves 15 players though seven-a-side tournaments are also popular. The object of the game is to score as many points as possible by carrying, passing, kicking and grounding an oval ball in the scoring zone at the far end of the field -- called the in-goal area. Grounding the ball, which must be done with downward pressure, results in a try (worth 5 points). After a try, a conversion may be attempted by place kick or drop kick. If the ball passes over the bar and between the goal posts the conversion is successful and results in a further 2 points. Points may also be scored from a drop kick in general play (worth 3 points) and a penalty kick (worth 3 points).

The ball may not be passed forward (though it may be kicked forward) and players may not receive the ball in an offside position, nor may they wait in such a position. Players may not be tackled without the ball. Play only stops when a try is scored, the ball goes out of play, or an infringement occurs. When the ball goes out of play it is thrown back in at a line-out where the opposing "forwards" line up and jump for the ball. Infringements result in a penalty, a free kick, or a scrum. In a scrum, the opposing forwards bind together in a unit and push against the other forwards, trying to win the ball with their feet. Substitutions are only allowed in case of injury and there is no separate offensive and defensive unit.