Rugby League

Rugby league football, usually called rugby league, is a full contact sport played by two teams of thirteen players on a rectangular grass field. One of the two codes of rugby football, it originated in England in 1895 as a split from the Rugby Football Union over the issue of payments to players. Its rules gradually changed with the purpose of producing a faster, more entertaining game for spectators. It is frequently cited as the toughest, most physically demanding of team sports.

In rugby league points are scored by carrying or kicking the ball down the field, until it can be moved past the opponents' designated goal line and touched to the ground; this is called a try, and is the primary method of scoring. The opposing team attempts to stop the attacking side gaining points by preventing their progress up the field by tackling the player carrying the ball. In addition to tries, points can be scored by kicking goals. After each try, the scoring team gains a free kick to try at goal with a conversion for further points. Kicks at goal may also be awarded for penalties, and field goals can be attempted at any time during general play.

Rugby league is among the most popular sports in England, Australia, New Zealand, France, Tonga and Papua New Guinea where it is the national sport. The European Super League and Australasian National Rugby League are the premier club competitions. Rugby league is played internationally, predominantly by European, Australasian and Pacific countries, and is governed by the Rugby League International Federation. The current World Cup holders are New Zealand.

Read more about Rugby LeagueEtymology, History, Rules, Positions, Rugby League Worldwide

Other articles related to "rugby league, rugby":

Rugby League In Russia - The Crisis of 2009 and 2010 - The Association of Rugby League Clubs of Russia (ARLKR)
... within this context the old figurehead Taturyan established the Association of Rugby League Clubs of Russia (ARLKR) seemingly independent of the RRLF ... (In 1991, Edgard Taturian, the former coach of the Soviet Rugby team, split from the Russian rugby union and took over some teams to found the Russian Rugby League ... The game grew and became known as the Russian Rugby League Federation.) ...
Rugby League Worldwide - Current Champions
... Domestic Champions Tournament Year Current Holder National Rugby League 2012 Melbourne Storm Super League 2012 Leeds Rhinos Challenge Cup 2012 Warrington Wolves World Club Challenge 2012 Leeds Rhinos National Zonal Competition 2012 Counties Manukau Stingrays World Sevens 2004 Wests Tigers Le Championnat de France Elite 2011 Lezignan Sangliers Welsh Conference 2011 Huddersfield Underbank Rangers American National Rugby League 2011 New York Knights Papua New Guinea National Rugby League 2011 Goroka Lahanis Munster League 2010 Treaty City Titans Leinster League 2010 Dublin City Exiles Scotland Conference 2010 Carluke Tigers Lebanon Championship 2010 LAU Immortals USA Rugby League 2011 Philadelphia Fight Fiji NRL 2010 Sabeto Roosters Tonga National Rugby League 2010 Lapaha Knights Samoan Championship 2010 Marist Saints Tom van Vollenhoven Cup 2010 Wildcats Italian Championship 2010 XIII del Ducato Jamaica Championship 2010 Vauxhall Vultures Czech Republic League 2010 Beroun Rugby League Deutschland 2010 Rheinland Netherland Grand Prix 2010 Capelle Serbian Championship 2011 Dorćol Norway Championship 2012 Oslo Capitals Cook Islands League 2010 Avatiu Eels National Youth Competition 2012 West Tigers Queensland Cup 2012 Wynnum Manly Seagulls NSW Cup 2012 Newtown Jets Co-operative Championship 2012 Sheffield Eagles Championship One 2011 Swinton Lions Northern Rail Cup 2012 Halifax RLFC International Champions Tournament Year Current Holder Rugby League World Cup 2008 New Zealand Four Nations 2011 Australia European Cup 2010 Wales Pacific Cup 2009 Papua New Guinea Atlantic Cup 2011 Great Britain Tri-Nations 2006 Australia Nordic Cup 2011 Denmark ANZAC Cup 2012 Australia Colonial Cup 2011 United States Baskerville Shield 2007 Great Britain European Shield – Western 2010 Serbia European Shield – Eastern 2010 Russia The Ashes 2003 Australia Federation Shield 2006 England European Bowl 2011 Czech Republic Milan Kosanovic Cup 2011 Russia Euro Med Challenge 2009 Morocco Slavic Cup 2010 Serbia Mediterranean Cup 2004 Lebanon Representative Champions Tournament Year Current Holder All Stars Match 2011 NRL All Stars State of Origin 2012 Queensland City vs Country 2012 City Origin International Origin 2012 Exiles War of the Roses 2003 Yorkshire PNG Origin 2010 PNG Internationals Ireland Provincial 2011 Munster Fiji Origin 2010 Western Conference Lebanon Origin 2010 Liban Espoir Bundesland of Origin 2009 Bavaria Serbian Origin 2010 Belgrade City Czech Republic Origin 2010 Moravia. ...
Rugby League In Serbia - The National Team
... The National Team, which has represented Serbia and Montenegro, has competed in the Rugby League Mediterranean Cup in both 2003 and 2004 and had shown great improvement on the second occasion ... participated in a three-way qualification tournament for the Rugby League European Nations Cup with the Holland and Georgia ... In 2006 Serbia participated in a four-way Rugby League World Cup qualifications/ENC B tournament with Russia, Georgia and Holland ...
Rugby League In Serbia
... Rugby league is a team sport that is played in Serbia, which now has over 250 registered players nationwide, approximately 150 of which are juniors ... Belgrade and Novi Sad are the two main bases for rugby league in Serbia, and these two cities produce most of the country's players ...
Rugby League In Canada - Revival
... In the 1980s interest in amateur rugby league returned, and in 1986 a new competition, the Tri-Counties Rugby League, was established ... Later, the Canada national rugby league team was formed, and participated semi-regularly in international competition from 1987–2000 ... Thereafter Canada's rugby league participation dwindled, though there were two regional rugby league nines tournaments as recently as 2003, one in Ontario and one in Manitoba ...

Famous quotes containing the word league:

    Half a league, half a league,
    Half a league onward,
    All in the valley of Death
    Rode the six hundred.
    “Forward the Light Brigade!
    Alfred Tennyson (1809–1892)