Rugby is a full-contact sport that originated in England in the early 19th century. It is played by two teams of 15 players each (or 7 players each in rugby sevens), who compete to score points by carrying or kicking the ball across the opponent’s goal line.
The game is played on a rectangular field with goalposts at each end. The ball used in rugby is oval-shaped and made of leather or synthetic materials. The game is divided into two halves, each lasting 40 minutes, with a halftime break in between.
Rugby is known for its physicality and high level of athleticism, as well as its complex set of rules and strategies. It requires players to have a combination of strength, speed, endurance, and tactical thinking.
There are two main forms of rugby: rugby union and rugby league. Rugby union is the more popular form, played in most countries around the world and featuring more complex rules and a larger field. Rugby league is played mainly in Australia, New Zealand, and parts of Europe, and is characterized by its faster pace and simpler rules.