Rugby Union

Believed to have originated as a result of a game of football at Rugby School, in Rugby, England, in 1823, Rugby Union is now a global sport with a popular World Cup held every four years. The leading rugby nations are generally considered to be the New Zealand All Blacks, the Australian Wallabies, the South African Proteas, and the national sides of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Rugby Union is currently experimenting with a series of law changes known as the ELVS (Experimental Law Variations), designed to make the game more attractive to spectators, the success — or otherwise — of which has been hotly debated.