The Hangzhou Harlequins take part in both 15’s and 10’s versions of the sport called Rugby Union.
The sport itself is a high octane. technical-driven game that is regarded as one of the most spectacular collision sports in the world. It combines strength, pace, initiative and teamwork together with an wide array of rules that even experienced players find hard to understand.
The most common version of the sport is Rugby Union 15s, which is also played across China and here in Hangzhou. In this version, two teams, of 15 players each, have the simple aim of getting a ball over their opponents try-line and scoring a try (by placing the ball down – not a touchdown as found in NFL) without ever passing the ball forward. However the simplicity ends there, each one of the 15 players have different roles which focus around set-pieces in the game, which are the scrum and line-out.
8 players of a team are referred to as the ‘forwards’ and have specific roles in contesting for possession of the ball at the set-pieces as well as contesting the ball right after a tackle is made: these situations are either Rucks or Mauls. The other 7 players are the ‘backs’ and are aligned with the pace of the game as well as the kicking aspect.