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03-18-2007, 04:24 PM
What is the difference between Rugby League and Rugby Union?

03-18-2007, 09:38 PM
In League there are no scrums and only thirteen players on a team (as opposed to Union where there are fifteen.).

The main difference you'll spot if you're watching a League match is that when a tackle is made, play restarts from scratch with the player who was tackled placing the ball through his legs to be picked up by another player on his team. Usually one team is allowed five tackles in which to score before possession is turned over.
In Union when a player is tackled he goes to ground and a ruck is formed where each team competes for possession of the ball. Play flows faster with the referee controlling restarts of play.

Also in Union the team is divided into a forward 'pack' (Nos. 1-8) and a back line (nos. 9-15) each with their own position and jobs. In League there are no forwards and backs as such, each player is usually the same as the next with the sole function of making ground.

Hope this rather crude explaination helped a bit. :oops:

03-20-2007, 01:25 AM
Ok, I'm going to make a list of these things with Rugby Union on one side and Rugby League on the other. But first, I gotta beat Battle Pike.