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What's the difference between rugby union and rugby league?

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Asked at 2011.03.02 23:38:52

answer twobitz  Answered at 2011.03.02 23:38:52
Union is the original game, whilst league is just an off-shoot.

Union started in England during a soccer game, when William Webb Ellis picked up the ball and ran with it and his fellow players decided that tackling him would be a great idea.

Union has 15 players, league only 13. League limits each side to sets of 6 tackles, after each there is a lull in play while the tackled player is allowed to his feet to play the ball between his legs. Union is a more flowing game, when a player is tackled, the ball is still live and the opposing teams will contest the ball in either a ruck or maul situation. There is no limit to the number of tackles in Union, the attacking team retains the ball as long as they are able to without turning it over or committing an error.

Union also boats contested scrums and lineouts and is truly a world sport. The Rugby World Cup finals being the third most watched event after the Soccer World Cup finals and the Summer Olympics.

The only countries who play league at a competitive level are Australia, New Zealand and England, with only England and Australia holding competitive annual competitions (Super League in England and the NRL in Australia).

To summarize, Union rules!
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