20 Things You Never Knew About Rugby

By Pete Bellisano

• Rugby and football were essentially the same game until 1863. The split occurred when attempts were made to formalise the rules of football, whereupon the Blackheath club quit the new Football Association, wishing to protect players' right to kick one another on the shins.

• Initially, the game of rugby was played by teams comprising 20 players.



Rugby Championships And World-Wide Competitions

By Steven Wong

Rugby is intense, fast-paced, and stimulating game. Though football is the most-watched sport in history, rugby has an international base of fans that is growing all the time. Unlike cricket, rugby tickets have been popularized in more than just former British colonies, it's accepted all over Europe and South America, as well as Australia, South Africa, the US, etc.

But what makes a successful rugby tournament?