Rugby – Overview

July 5, 2024
Rugby - Overview

Rugby is a full-contact team sport played with an oval ball. It’s known for its physicality, strategy, and teamwork. There are two main forms: rugby union and rugby league, each with its own rules and governing bodies.

The objective is to score points by carrying, passing, kicking, or grounding the ball in the opponent’s goal area. It originated in England in the 19th century and has since become popular worldwide, especially in countries like New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, and Wales.

Rugby is primarily organized by two main governing bodies:

1. World Rugby (formerly known as the International Rugby Board or IRB): It oversees rugby union worldwide, including international competitions like the Rugby World Cup and the Rugby Sevens World Series.

2. Rugby League International Federation (RLIF): It governs rugby league, which has its own distinct set of rules and competitions, such as the Rugby League World Cup.

The headquarters of World Rugby, the governing body for rugby union, is located in Dublin, Ireland.

President: Nigel Gillingham

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