The Science of Rugby

To mark Mike Ross’s impending retirement and the support he has shown BTYSTE throughout the years we have put together a quiz to highlight the role Science and Technology play in Rugby.

In the below quiz, we use physics (and some interesting facts) to help us understand the role science plays in rugby.

BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2018 launched on 26 April 2017 with “It Starts Here”. This year’s campaign is centred around the fact that science and technology is in every aspect of our lives and is focused on fostering greater student engagement with STEM at an early age.


What was the original rugby ball made from?

Fun Fact: Richard Lindon and William Gilbert made balls for Rugby School out of hand-stitched, four-panel, leather casings, and pigs’ bladders. The bladders had to be blown up using a clay pipe and lung-power – not a sought-after job!

The above stats are from ‘physics in rugby’ and other academic and news sources, but these numbers are subject to change – it depends on the size, speed and weight of a rugby player: Force = Mass x Acceleration.


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