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date: 09 July 2020


Berkshire Encyclopedia of World Sport
Jonathan M. ThomasJonathan M. THOMAS

Rugby is a popular contact team sport that developed in England and has subsequently spread around the world. It is similar to Australian Rules football, with subtle differences, and is played in two major forms—Rugby Union and Rugby League. Rugby Union is the more popular of the two forms and the primary form played in most nations. Rugby League—developed from the rules played by working-class players in the north of England—is generally faster-paced than Rugby Union. The Rugby Union World Cup, first held in 1987, is one of the most popular sporting events in the world. ...

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