What Is Rugby?

Rugby is a popular sport that is enjoyed by many people in the United States. It consists of two main versions: rugby union and rugby league. The most popular version of rugby is rugby sevens, which is played at the Summer Olympics as well as other major sporting events around the world.


What Is Rugby?

Rugby is a full-contact sport played between two teams of 15 players. The objective of rugby is to score more points than your opponent, who wears a red shirt and tries to stop you from scoring as many as possible.

The game starts with each team having possession of the ball (called “crosse”). A scrum forms on the ground after each tackle taken by one team or another; this allows them to create space for their runners in the open space.

Once all players have been replaced in accordance with the Laws of Rugby Union, they may then begin tackling other players again until there are no more active forwards on either side (this is known as “tackling”).

Variations in Rugby:

The game of rugby has been adapted into many different forms. There are three main variations of the sport: Rugby League, Rugby Union, and Rugby Sevens.

The first two versions are quite similar in that they both involve kicking a ball between two teams of 15 players who attempt to score by kicking it through goalposts located at either end of the field (similar to those seen in football).

Rugby league

Rugby league is a full-contact sport, played in Australia, England, France, and New Zealand. It’s played on a rectangular field with 13 players on each side.

The object of the game is to score points by running with the ball downfield and kicking it into one of two goals called “posts” at either end of the field (or sometimes into an “uprights” if there isn’t enough room for this).

The ball can be kicked with either foot but must bounce three times before it can be caught by another player – this means that rugby league players are also known for their speed around the pitch!

Rugby union

Rugby union is the most popular version of the sport, played in over 100 countries. It’s also played at the highest levels by national teams and club sides, including England, Scotland, and Wales.

Rugby union is played by 6.6 million people worldwide in 119 countries.

The sport’s origins can be traced back to Cambridge University in 1823 where it was known as “football”. Rugby became an Olympic event for men from 2000 until 2012 when it was replaced with rugby sevens (a shorter version).

Rugby union kicked off its return to the Olympic competition in Rio 2016 with Fiji winning gold after beating South Africa 23-19 in extra time.

Rugby sevens

Rugby sevens is a variant of rugby union in which teams are made up of seven players playing seven-minute halves, instead of the usual 15 players playing 40-minute halves. Rugby sevens are generally considered the faster, more open, and more entertaining version of rugby union.

The rules are simple: there are no tackles allowed; instead, you have to run down your opponent who will try to get past you before reaching the touchline (10 meters from where one side starts).

If he reaches it first then he can score points for his team by running towards one side’s goalposts or by kicking over them for extra points for his team (the kicker must be standing behind these posts.

What is the most popular version of rugby?

Rugby union is the most popular version of rugby and it’s played in Europe, South Africa, and Australia. It is a contact sport which means that players can be tackled with their heads down or body parts exposed (like knees).

There are also no pads to protect players from injury because they wear only shoes and socks on their feet.


There are many tournaments and matches that take place throughout the year. Here are a few of the most popular ones:

  • The Six Nations Championship is an annual rugby union competition involving England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and Italy. It’s played at the end of each year in which there isn’t another major tournament taking place (such as The Rugby World Cup).
  • The British and Irish Lions tour is an international tour by a team representing Great Britain or Ireland, sometimes both countries are represented on one team! These tours happen every three years and it’s usually when they’re playing Super Rugby (which we’ll talk about later).
  • The Rugby Championship is South Africa’s top domestic competition that features teams from Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, and just one more country, South Africa, who compete against each other to see who wins this tournament every two seasons before heading off on their holidays again!

International: Six Nations, British and Irish Lions, The Rugby Championship, Rugby World Cup

The international game is played by countries with a common language and culture. Six Nations, British and Irish Lions, The Rugby Championship, and Rugby World Cup are some of the biggest tournaments in rugby union.

Domestic: Gallagher Premiership, Super Rugby, United Rugby Championship, Championship

Domestic competition is what most people think of when they hear the word “rugby,” and it’s the one that really matters. It’s where all the elite players come from, where most internationals play (and many top teams), and where coaches hone their skills.

The domestic game also has its own set of rules as well as an annual cup competition called Super Rugby (which was created in 1996).

The Gallagher Premiership is a professional rugby union league based in England that runs from August to May with teams representing each of England’s 12 regions competing for regional titles along with cup competitions such as the European Champions Cup or Anglo-Welsh Cup.

European Competitions: Heineken Champions Cup, European Rugby Challenge Cup

The Heineken Champions Cup is the main competition for clubs in Europe, with games played on weekends. The first season of this competition was in 2008 and it has since been expanded to include teams from France, Italy, and Wales as well as England, Ireland, and Scotland.

The European Rugby Challenge Cup is a second-tier tournament that runs alongside the Heineken Champions Cup. It’s designed for teams who don’t qualify for either competition but would like to play an extra game or two before going into their domestic leagues at season’s end; these are known as “wildcards” because they can have any nationality or league affiliation (A1 League is one example).

How to Play Rugby

Rugby is a full-contact sport that involves two teams of 15 players and their main objective is to score more points than the opposing team so that they can win after 80 minutes.

The game begins with one team taking possession of the ball and marching downfield toward their opponents’ goal line, attempting to score by kicking it through or over the crossbar into their opponent’s goal (known as “touchback”).

Once this has been achieved, play continues up until another try is scored or a time-out is called by either side (depending on whether you’re playing sevens).

Equipment & Kits

The equipment used in rugby is similar to other sports. A player will typically wear shorts, jerseys, socks, and shin pads (or “pads”), while the boots and headgear are optional.

A player’s mouth guard must be worn at all times during play so that they don’t damage their teeth if they accidentally bite into the ball or another player’s jersey.

Players are also required to wear goggles when playing in wet weather conditions because it could cause eye injuries if water gets into them (for example if you fall over).


Rugby is the most popular sport in the world, with over 2 billion people playing it. It’s also one of the most popular sports in England, Australia, and New Zealand.

Rugby has worldwide 405 million fans and nearly11 million people playing the game in 221 countries!

The number of registered rugby players in the top 10 countries:



Rugby is a popular sport, played by millions of people around the world. It’s a very physical game with lots of action on the field and in stadiums across the planet. If you’re new to rugby or want to learn more about it, check out our guide on how to play rugby!

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