Kurdish kids learn to pay Rugby
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.