Rugby in Gloucester
Rugby is a free-flowing game that features a combination of strength, speed and strategy to move a ball into an opponents territory. Rugby is a full-contact sport yet players wear little-or no protective gear. Rugby evolved from football (i.e. soccer) and is often called the ‘game played in heaven’. The most unique aspect of rugby is the srcum, pictured below, which is used to restart play following minor infractions during the match.
The goal of rugby is to move the ball forward by running with the ball or kicking. The team which scores the most points (see below), wins the game.
A match begins with a kick-off from mid-field which must travel at least 10 metres. Play is continuous and free-flowing. There are no “downs”, no designated offensive and defensive teams, no blocking and no automatic “turn-overs” of posession. The ball usually marks the offside line.
The ball may be advanced by running or kicking. Passing with the hands cannot be forward but can be lateral or backward. Players without the ball cannot be tackled or interfered with in any way (this includes a player who has just kicked the ball). When a player is tackled to the ground, the ball must be released and the player must move a way from it; play continues without stoppage. A “ruck” or informal scrum (see below) forms over a tackled player without stoppage of play.
Gloucester Old Boys is one of the oldest and most prestigious clubs within the county. he Old Boys produced many good players who went on to play for Gloucester, Gloucestershire and England. With the advent of league rugby the Old Boys reached South West One status for many years, but now currently play in SW Two.
In early 2002, Gloucester Rugby was awarded RFU Academy Status. The Gloucester and England Rugby Academy aims to produce outstanding players for both club and country. Players can access the Academy through a variety of routes and are assisted in all areas of their rugby and personal development to attain their ultimate goal of playing for Gloucester Rugby at Kingsholm.
The Gloucester Gordon League was launched on the 5th of December 1885. The club has since been well served by very many members in the best 'Browning' tradition but, had it not abeen for a frail Victorian Lady who refused to abandon an ideal, The Gloucester Gordon League Rugby Football Club would have never existed.