The sport of rugby unofficially started at an English public school. From its very inception, it was a sport for the elites. In 1895, the Rugby Football Union declined to let rugby clubs pay players for missing work to participate in games. For this reason, 22 clubs left the Rugby Football Union and formed the Northern Football Union. This league was a predecessor to the Professional Rugby League, which is a game similar to rugby but it only has 13 players in it. The league eventually created its own code of rules and started compensating players, which was something the rugby union didn’t do for almost another one hundred years.

Up until the 1990s, the sport of rugby was still only for amateurs. Obviously, there were plenty of high-paid jobs in the associated industries, such as treatments and under-the-table compensation. However, administrators of the sport, everywhere on the planet, were banning those who were caught accepting payments to play.

These bans existed for even longer than a similar rule in the Olympic movement. They show the amount of control that the conservative rulers of rugby had over the sport. By 1995, the pressures and the opportunities associated with money and business had become too difficult to fight, and under the threat of the best players leaving to pursue other opportunities, the sport of rugby entered the world of professional sports.

There are a lot of things that make this sport interesting and exciting. First, anyone can play it and the game doesn’t discriminate. There’s a position for people of all heights and weights. When playing rugby, all players must participate fully and have to run, pass, kick the ball and so on. Rugby is a game that develops athletic capabilities in its players because it is a hard and aggressive body contact game. While there are different levels of teams, there’s usually an honourable conduct that you often won’t see in other sports.