Rugby is divided into two main “codes”; Rugby League and Rugby Union. Although there are many similarities between the two variants of rugby, the differences are pronounced enough that the two codes can be considered to be two different games.
1. In ‘Union’ sides consist of 15 players, whereas in ‘League’ sides only have 13.
2. In ‘League’ there are no line-outs, rucks or mauls.
3. 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.
4. 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’.
5. In the UK, Rugby League is more popular in the north of England, whereas Rugby Union is more popular in the South.
To which is the better code of Rugby, that’s a matter of taste, which do you prefer?
LIST | 4 rugby league stars who flopped for England
They were built up to be international stars after switching to rugby union, but it simply didn’t work out long-term…
1. Sam Burgess
England, who fast-tracked Burgess into their World Cup squad in defiance of logic, Bath and the player himself each shoulder varying degrees of blame for arguably the greatest cross-code flop in history. We’re not saying he was an awful player, but the whole thing was a complete disaster.