Although not native to Australia, rugby has a devoted following in the country. Its popularity surpasses that of Aussie rules in New South Wales and Queensland. The rivalry between footy and rugby is fierce, as both the sports and their fans fight for the spotlight.

What is rugby?
Rugby is a physical contact sport played on teams of 15. It can also be played with 7 people.




Where is rugby played?
Rugby is played throughout Australia and in more than 120 countries around the world. There are two large rugby organizations in the world, which follow two different sets of rules. Union style is most commonly played in Australia. Check out the National Rugby League website and the Australia Rugby Union website. A union world rugby cup is held every four years. The next one will be held in France in 2007.

What are some of the basic rules of the game?

Each team has 15 players, who hope to score as many points as possible. Players can carry, pass, kick and ground the ball and try to reach an end zone. They play on a pitch (field) 110 yards long with goal posts on either end. The object of the game is to run the ball over the opponents try line (like an end zone) and touch down the rugby ball, to score a try, or to kick it through the goal posts. Forward passing and time-out are not allowed during the 40 min halved game.