According to szeretlekmagyarorszag.hu, the Hungarian underwater rugby team recently tried their luck at their first international competition. What is more, they took home the bronze medal!
The UWR Tiszavirág Water Sports Club managed to finish in third place at the Vienna Open Central European Cup. This is how they kicked off their preparation for the 2019 World Championship.
But what is underwater rugby? Well, according to the FB page of the national team, UWR is quite a new sport, which evolved during the conditioning training sessions of German scuba-diving clubs.
“There is not much in common with traditional rugby, except for the name.”
The game is played by two teams of six in snorkelling gear. The aim of the game is to get the ball into the basket-shaped goals placed at the bottom of the 3.5-5 metre deep water.
The ball, which is filled with salt water, can only be passed a few metres away, or else it starts to sink. Therefore, it is important that the players stay close to each other.
The game is fast and tiring, hence the players are continuously being changed on the side of the pool.
The sport has been present in Hungary since 2006, however, there is only one team playing it – Tiszavirág SE.
Featured image: www.facebook.com/UWRBudapestTiszavirágSE