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The differences between rugby league and rugby union...

5 differences between rugby league and rugby union

With so much talk about the other code, we thought we’d explain the differences between ‘union’ and ‘league’.

In ‘Union’ sides consist of 15 players, whereas in ‘League’ sides only have 13.

In ‘League’ there are no line-outs, rucks or mauls.

In ‘Union’ there is no limit to the number of tackles which can be made on each possession. ‘Rugby League’, however, has a six-tackle rule – similar to the ‘downs’ rule of American Football.

In ‘League’ a try is worth 4 points, and a conversion worth 2. In ‘Union’ they are worth 5 and 2 respectively. A drop-goal is also worth 3 points in ‘Union’, whereas it is only worth 1 in ‘League’, and a penalty-goal worth 3 in ‘Union’ and 2 in ‘League’.

In ‘Union’, this is what the media think of Sam Burgess…

As to which is the better code of Rugby, that’s a matter of taste, which do you prefer?