Kur­dish kids learn to pay Rugby

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

The Yazidi kids throw­ing rugby balls in a va­cant lot in Iraqi Kur­dis­tan don’t know much about the sport. They’re learn­ing the ba­sics of catching and pass­ing. Scrums, li­ne­outs, side­step and tack­ling will have to come later. For now, it’s enough that some large for­eign­ers are teach­ing them a fun new game. The for­eign­ers are mem­bers of the Kur­dis­tan Ir­reg­u­lars rugby team. Formed ear­lier this year, the team, which draws its play­ers from ex­pa­tri­ate oil-in­dus­try per­son­nel, aid work­ers and a few lo­cal na­tion­als, is train­ing to com­pete at the Dubai Rugby Sev­ens in De­cem­ber. Rugby Sev­ens is a pared-down form of the game, which fields only seven play­ers in­stead of 15, who play seven-minute halves in­stead of the reg­u­lar 45 min­utes.

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