Rugby is a type of football that has developed into a sport of its own, which is much different than football.
As it always happens in life, one thing starts from another and then takes a life of its own. That is what happened with rugby. In the simplest definition, rugby is a type of football. While there have been various types of ball games played by foot throughout history, the modern football developed in the 18th and 19th centuries. After which it continued to develop into various different modes.
Today, there are many types of football’ there is football or soccer as it is also known. This is the most common and popular type of football in the world. In addition, there is the American football, Canadian football, and Gaelic football. Rugby, itself has developed into two main types: rugby league and rugby union.
Rugby developed at the Rugby School in Rugby, Warwickshire, in the 1830s, from which it also gets its name. It eventually gained popularity throughout UK in the 1850s and 60s. Many rugby clubs were formed in 1864, followed by hundreds more in Cumberland, Lancashire and Yorkshire in the 1870s and 1880s. Rugby Football Union (RFU) was formed in 1871, after an official meeting of 25 rugby clubs. This set it up rugby as an official sport and finalized the rules. The first club to play rugby outside the British Islands was the Montevideo Cricket Club, which was founded in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1861.
Over the years, rugby gained a massive following. Today, rugby union is played in many countries around the world, including, but not limited to, Argentina, Australia, England, France, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, Wales, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Fiji, Georgia, Japan, Mexico, Namibia, Peru, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Samoa, Spain, Tonga, the United States, Uruguay and Venezuela.
Rugby Union is administered by World Rugby (WR), whose headquarters are located in Dublin, Ireland. It is so popular in fact, that it is the national sport in New Zealand, Wales, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga and Madagascar. Rugby union also led to the evolution of gridiron football, which includes American football and Canadian football.
Rugby league is less popular than rugby union; however it is still played in amateur and semi-professional competitions in the United States, Russia, Lebanon, Serbia, Europe and Australia and Asia. Rugby league is administered by the Rugby League International Federation.
The premise of the game like football is to run the ball along the field and to score a goal. The teams are made up of 13 players each in rugby league, and 15 players in rugby union. The ball is oval in shape and filled with air. Throwing the ball forward is not allowed, so that players can gain ground only by running with the ball or by kicking it.
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