At the end of each rugby game a short ceremony is held where the winning team and man of the match are rewarded for their efforts on the rugby field. The awards for the rugby team normally include a trophy that is kept by the winning team. The man of the match can receive a smaller trophy, a medal or a plaque as well as cash reward for putting his body on the line for 80 minutes of game play. Other winning team members can also receive an award for any special role that they have played such as scoring the most tries or consistently good play.
Although it is unusual to present medals for a rugby team that has achieved success in their games, it is a way of ensuring that each team member receives an award for the part they played in the match. The man of the match normally receives a trophy but the other players are left without any form of reward for their efforts. Giving them each a medal will help them understand their value in the team and push them to aspire to greater success. These medals can be made from a variety of metals from gold inlays, silver, bronze to other alloys that are durable and long wearing.
At the end of most team sport tournaments, the overall winners receive a cup trophy. This trophy can permanently reside in the winners display cabinet or it can be a floating trophy. A floating trophy means that the winners can only keep the trophy until the tournament starts again in the new season. A small plaque is attached to the trophy so that wins can be inscribed with the teams name and the year in which they won the tournament. This inscription will remain on the trophy for all eternity so that everybody is aware of the accomplishments of various teams in the sport.