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Rugby (Union)

Rugby union, commonly known as just rugby, is a popular sport played around the world. Renowned for strength, speed and cunning. It is a full-contact sport played without protective gear. Players attempt to move the ball to one end of the rectagular field via carrying, kicking and throwing the ball.

Rugby union is played by two opposing teams of 15 players on a field with two H-shaped goalposts at opposite sides. 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.

Rugby is a game that has been known for its brutality. Rugby is also known as the game that is played in heaven.

Rugby Variations

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