What's the image that the name Rugby conjures when you think about it? A man or a woman running with a ball, right? That's where you got it all wrong. The name itself is a collective noun for all the sports that have the element of rugby or football. It is a union sport, a type of hybridized football, and much more.
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Rugby, in the simplest of terms, is a team sport that follows football's format of scoring a goal as a grading system. But, unlike football, this game has allowed physical contact among oppositions.
Rugby is quintessentially a British-born game and was first played in Britain in 1845 officially. As far as history goes, the game has been a recreational sport of tossing the ball around since medieval times. Later on, American, Canadian, and Australian federations recognized and started their Rugby leagues. And thus began the glory age of the Rugby Unions and games.
The game continued to be played nationally in the UK and reorganized into two formats: Rugby League and Rugby Union. Therefore, some of the fantastic Rugby organizations are here in the UK and its former colonies. Some of the eminent names include:
The game reached America with both formats after a successful run all over the UK. Not only was the game welcomed there, but the nation also managed to develop leagues of its own. Along with the leagues, there is also a different set of rules that aligns with the game's core idea. United States Major League Rugby is an example of such a blend of both the confederates.
The oval ball is unique to rugby games and is ever-present. Players can only make a goal by physically running and carrying the ball or kicking it. As rugby league split from its union predecessor, regulation modifications were adopted but not wholly. Except for the split in which Union will have 13 players and League would have 15, the game remains the same. The split was aimed to create a more engaging and focused game.
The American team was further given protective gear to make the game safer. The game is a team sport and teaches a lot of professionalism. So, if you are in for an adventure with inherent sportsmanship, this is your time. Get tickets to upcoming rugby games!