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Rugby (Union)

Rugby union, commonly known as just 'rugby', is a popular sport played around the world. It is a full-contact sport played without protective gear. Players are renowned for strength, speed and cunning. Although the game has been known for its brutality, fans of the sport say that it is played in heaven.

Rugby union is played by two opposing teams of 15 players on a field with two H-shaped goalposts at opposite ends. Players attempt to move the ball to one end of the rectagular field via carrying, kicking and throwing the ball. An oval-shaped ball is used and teams are awarded points for scoring tries (touching the ball on the ground) at the opponents end of the field and can then do a conversion (kick the ball over the post) for more points.

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