Rugby union
Rugby union, or simply rugby, is a contact team sport, which originated in England during the first half of the 19th century. One of the two codes of rugby football, it is based on running with the ba...
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History of rugby union
The history of rugby union follows from various football games played long before the 19th century, but it was not until the middle of that century that rules were formulated and codified. The code of...
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Rugby union positions
In the game of rugby union, there are 15 players on each team, comprising eight forwards (numbered 1–8) and seven backs (numbered 9–15). In addition, there may be up to eight replacement players "on t...
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Rugby union gameplay
Rugby union is a contact sport that consists of two teams of fifteen players. The objective is to obtain more points than the opposition through scoring tries or kicking goals over eighty minutes of p...
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Line-out (rugby union)
A line-out or lineout is a means by which, in rugby union, play is restarted after the ball has gone into touch. When the ball goes out of the field of play, the opposing team is normally awarded a li...
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Scrum (rugby union)
In rugby union a scrum is a means of restarting play after a minor infringement. It involves up to eight players from each team, known as the pack or forward pack, binding together in three rows and i...
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Rugby union equipment
A traditional rugby union kit consists of a collared jersey (often imitated by fashion labels and called a "rugby shirt"), shorts, jockstrap / compression shorts, long rugby socks and boots with studs...
International Rugby Board
World Rugby, known as the International Rugby Board or IRB between 1998 and November 2014, and the International Rugby Football Board (IRFB) before that, is the world governing body for the sport of r...
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Timeline of foundation of national rugby unions
This timeline lists the foundation dates of the national governing bodies for rugby union—known as rugby unions or federations. The first union was the Rugby Football Union (RFU) that was found...
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List of rugby union playing countries
This list shows each country to have a union affiliated to the International Rugby Board (IRB), the world organisation that manages the game of rugby union. As well as listing the countries, it also s...
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Women's rugby union
Women's rugby union is a sport identical to the men's game with the same rules, same sized pitch, and same equipment. However, it has a history which is significantly different, due to various social ...
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List of rugby union competitions
The following is a list of notable rugby union competitions that are still currently in existence. This includes both international tournaments played by national Test teams and also domestic club and...
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Rugby union at the Summer Olympics
Rugby union has been a men's medal sport at the modern Summer Olympic Games, being played at four of the first seven competitions. The sport debuted at the 1900 Paris games where the gold medal was wo...
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Rugby sevens at the Commonwealth Games
Rugby sevens has been played at five Commonwealth Games since its first appearance, at the 1998 Commonwealth Games, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Appearing in 2002 and 2006, it is now considered a 'Core...
Rugby union at the Asian Games
Rugby union has been an Asian Games event since the 1998 games in Bangkok, Thailand. In the 1998 and 2002 editions of the games, both the usual fifteen-a-side variety and rugby sevens were played, but...
Women's international rugby union
Women's rugby union has a history going back to the late 19th century but it was not until 1982 that the first international fixture (or "Test Match") took place. The match was organised in connection...
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Rugby sevens
Rugby sevens, also known as seven-a-side, Sevens or VIIs, is a variant of rugby union in which teams are made up of seven players, instead of the usual 15, with shorter matches. Rugby sevens is admin...
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History of American football
The history of American football can be traced to early versions of rugby football and association football. Both games have their origin in varieties of football played in Britain in the mid-19th cen...
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Comparison of American football and rugby union
A comparison of American football and rugby union is possible because of the games' shared origins, despite their dissimilarities.
In the event of a tackle in rugby the player may pass the ball be...
Comparison of American football and rugby union - Wikipedia
Origins of Australian rules football
The origins of Australian rules football are obscure and still the subject of debate.The earliest accounts of "foot-ball" in Australia date back to the 1820s. These early games were poorly documented ...
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Comparison of rugby league and rugby union
Comparison of rugby league and rugby union is possible because of the games' similarities and shared origins.Initially, following the 1895 split in rugby football, rugby league and rugby union differe...
Comparison of rugby league and rugby union - Wikipedia
List of top rugby union players by international caps
This is a list of the all-time leaders for caps in men's rugby union Test matches, with a minimum of 90 confirmed Test caps. Unlike in cricket, where both countries must grant Test status for a match ...
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List of top scoring international rugby union players
This is a list of the leading scorers in rugby union Test matches.Players currently active at international level are listed in bold; those not playing at international level but still active at club ...