Unlike in some codes of football (which shall not be named), loyalty towards your teammates is ranked above everything else including personal comfort. Therefore you will not find any players rolling on the grass with their knee in the air because of a chipped nail.
Rugby player: played a game of rugby, got a black eye and broke both me legs. Not much really.
Guy: man, that must suck.
Rugby player: not really, we won so it was awsome!
If you are part of the pack you fight over the ball every time there is a tackle and make up the entire scrum. Tight (3) or Loose (1), propping always hurts. You get both sides of the scrum squeezing your vertebrae together. 2nd rowers (locks)(4/5) love to grab props nads. Flankers always break off early on the defensive side and make the tackle (6/7). The 8-man is pretty versatile in that he both stops the ball with his feet and does 8-man pickups. He tends to be a large, strong, technically sound player.
The best forward #2- Hooker is an incredibly important and difficult position. They can vary in size from the largest to the smallest player on the team. In every scrum he must either get the ball from the scrumhalf and hook it back with his foot or try to steal it from the other hooker (I love doing that from tighthead). It is the position with the most pressure as well as the most dangerous position if a scrum collapses. (I have had 400 kilos/880 pounds on my neck). Hookers also throw the ball in during lineouts.
If you are a back you can be a pansy and kick it away, be an intelligent back and pass it just as you are tackled, be a manly back and get tackled by a forward who is twice your size, dodge around people and score, or try to imitate Johnny Wilkinson.
There are 7 backs. The Scrumhalf (9) is similar to a quarterback in American Football. It is the scrumhalf's job to toss the ball out at every ruck. They are excellent decision makers. The Flyhalf (10) is usually a good kicker and is the scrumhalf's backup. He is always ready to be the first pass out from the scrumhalf but can be ignored entirely or skipped. The inside and outside centers blend together and are just people who get passed to (12/13). The wingers cover the sides of the field and can also kick.
The best back #15- The Fullback. Possibly the most mentally stressful position. On offense, he melds with the backline and does as much or more than the outside centers.
The last line of defense for the rugby team. Any kick that goes deep into either team's territory will be recovered by the fullback or will be a try. Some fullbacks are more skilled than punt returners in American Football and will break three or four tackles befor going down. If a player breaks a long run and gets passed all the other players, he has a one on one with the fullback. Fullbacks are without question the best tacklers. They never miss.
League: Like union with less players and without rucking, a bit slow. Mainly Aussies (Roosters) and some Kiwis (Warriors)
The finest game of American (yes that's right, we play too) High School Rugby. Go Lions, beat Xavier
Australian: Yea Rugby is neat. And umm well yes they can I guess.
New Zealander: :) Thanks for admiting it :)
English guy: The Lions beat the All Blacks!
Austrailian: Yea they did!!!!
New Zealander: Yup. They sure did. After the All Blacks beat them twice.
English guy: Umm yea forgot about that for a sec.
And so, you see, The All Blacks rule the rugby world!
Guy 2: Go play rugby and kick the shit out of some dudes
If you want a sport that's fun and gets chicks without making you into a jerkoff jock, play rugby.