Rugby is a full-contact sport yet players wear little-or no protective gear. It is one of the most physical team sports. There were many variations of football played around Europe. Running with the ball became common in 1830s at Rugby School and Rugby School football became popular throughout the UK in the 1850s and 1860s.Rugby split in 1895 and today there are two main types: rugby Union and rugby League. You never have to miss another game. Now you have vipleague for all rugby live streams.
Rugby Union is popular at school, club and international level. It is played all around the world but the strongest teams are mostly found in the Southern Hemisphere. At club level enjoy the Super Rugby franchise with all the best players from regions around New Zealand , Australia and South Africa. From 2016 teams from Argentina and Japan are also involved. The Itm Cup is a big feature of New Zealand local grassroots rugby. South Africa has the Currie Cup
. The Northern Hemisphere has competitions like the European Champions Cup, Aviva Premiership, Rugby Pro D2 and the French Top 14.
At international level the Southern Hemisphere features competitions like the Rugby Championship, with talent from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Argentina. It features the Bledisloe Cup, The Mandela Challenge Plate, The Freedom Cup and The Puma Trophy. The Northern Hemisphere top competition is The Six Nations Championship featuring England, France, Ireland, Wales, Scotland and Italy. Women's Rugby is also becoming popular with the Women's World Cup, Women's Six Nations and International Challenges.
Rugby Sevens tournaments are very popular with short fast games.There are only seven players on each team and not the standard 15. It’s played on a standard field and made up of halves 7 mins long, The main Tournaments are the IRB Sevens World Series, World Cup Sevens and the IRB Women's Sevens World Series.
Rugby League started in England in 1895. Rugby was an amateur sport but some players needed money to live. Some players broke away from the main organisation and changed some rules. It became a professional sport. Teams were reduced from 15 to 13 players. The most distinctive change was once a ruck was formed or a player held the ball was then played for a total of 6 tackles and then either the ball was kicked or it changed teams, known as a handover.
Rugby league is among the most popular sports in Northern England, Australia, New Zealand, France, Tonga and Papua New Guinea where it is the national sport. The European Super League and Australasian National Rugby League (NRL
) are the premier club competitions. Rugby league is played internationally, predominantly by European, Australasian and Pacific countries, and is governed by the Rugby League International Federation. The first Rugby League World Cup
was held in France in 1954; the current holders are Australia.
State of Origin is the annual best-of-three series of rugby league football matches between the Blues and the Maroons, who represent the Australian states of New South Wales and Queensland, respectively. Referred to as Australian sport’s greatest rivalry.