Rugby In North America

rugbyplayingIn America and also Canada, rugby union evolved into gridiron football. During the late 1800s (and even the early 1900s), both types of the game were quite similar (to the stage where the United States was capable to win the gold medal for rugby union at the 1924 Summer Olympics), but numerous rule changes have identified the gridiron-established game from its rugby counterpart.

Among unique characteristics of the North American game are the separation of play into downs rather than releasing the ball promptly upon handling, the condition the team together with the ball set into a set configuration for at least one second before restarting play after a tackle (and the allowance of up to 40 seconds to do so), the allowance for one forward pass from behind the site of the last fishing gear on each down, the development of tough plastic gear (especially the football helmet and shoulder pads), a smaller and pointier ball that’s advantageous to being passed but makes drop kicks impractical, a usually smaller and narrower field quantified in traditional units instead of metric (in a few versions of the American game a field is often as short as 50 yards between end zones), as well as a distinguishing field (formed like a gridiron, from which the code’s nickname is derived) with lines indicated in five-yard intervals.

Rugby league is also both a recreational and professional game, managed by the Rugby League International Federation on an international level. Along with hobbyist and semiprofessional contests in America, Russia, Serbia, Lebanon, Europe and Australasia, there are two major professional contests– the European Super League as well as the Australasian National Rugby League. International Rugby League is controlled by Australia, England and New Zealand. Other countries from Europe and the South Pacific additionally play in the Pacific Cup and European Cup.