Rugby is the sport of choice in southern France. Last night we went to our first rugby match in Narbonne. Actually, it was our first rugby match–ever! Racing Club de Narbonne hosted Bourgoin for their final home match of the season. Racing is a pro D2 team that has been on a bit of a winning streak lately but still has an overall record of 11 wins/17 losses for the season.
Some things that I found interesting about rugby is that the clock counts up to eighty minutes with a short halftime break after 40 minutes of play. I was glad to see the clock hit 80 only because it had begun to rain. The rugby scrum is also interesting to watch. This is where the players re-start the play by lining up three deep and interlocking limbs. They then push against each other, trying to get possession of the ball. Watching the scrum in action would definitely explain why the players have such muscular thighs. In general, rugby is a pretty intense sport. There are lots of injuries and they wear virtually no padding!