|Governing Body:||World Rugby (WR)|
Simply known as rugby around the world; Rugby Union is a contact team sport that was evolved in the mid of 19th Century in England. Rugby football has two game variations; rugby union and rugby league, where the difference is that rugby union allows running with the ball in the hand. The game is played between the teams of two players on a rectangular field with an oval shaped ball.
Rugby is said to be originated as an incident game when William Webb from the English School Football is said to have pick and run with the ball in early 1800s. Although, the story is quite doubtful; the Rugby World Cup trophy is named after Webb Wills.
Today, the sport is played worldwide with some variations depending upon nation to nation. Rugby was showcased many a times in the Summer Olympics and from the year 2016, Rugby sevens, one of the variations of the game is included in the Summer Olympics.
The objective of both the teams is to score more goals than the other to win the match.
Two teams of 13 to 15 players compete against each other with every player being divided into forward or backs.
The players play in the following positions:-
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The measurement of the rugby playing area is 144 metres in length and 70 metres in width. In the actual play there must be a distance of at least 100 metres between the two try-lines, with anywhere between 10 and 22 metres behind each try line to be as the in-goal area.
The goal posts are H-shaped, and are a set of two poles which are 5.6 metres in length and are connected with each other by a horizontal crossbar that should measure 3 metres above the ground.
Regarded as one of the greatest rugby union player ever to don the Welsh Jersey; Gareth Edwards is the former rugby player from Welsh who has played a total of 53 matches for his national team. In 2003, he was voted as the greatest player of all time in a poll of Rugby World Magazine and was also named the greatest ever in the list “50 greatest Rugby Players”, in the Telegraph in 2007; the list was prepared by former England captain Will Carling.
The player from Ireland is regarded as the best outside center in the history of rugby. Brian was the captain of the national team of Ireland for 9 long years and also captained the British and Irish Lion in 2005 during the tour to New Zealand.
David is the former rugby player from New Zealand who is popularly known as the greatest winger and fullback in rugby history. He was inducted in the Sport Australia hall of fame in 2013 and also in Australian Rugby hall of Fame in 2007.