Version of rugby
mostly played in the north of England, Australia
and parts of France
Until recently, rugby league
was the professional
version of rugby
and rugby union
was for amateurs
. Rugby union players can now be payed for playing.
The main differences between the sports are that league has 13 players and union has 15 and there are more scrums and stoppages in union.
A World Cup is played every four years which Australia
A World Club Championship is played every year between the winners of the British and Australian Rugby Leagues - this year (2001) it was won by St Helens
Attempts have been made to expand rugby league's base outside its current heartlands, without much success so far altho the recent World Cup featured teams from Russia, the United States, Canada and Japan.
For many years, commentary in England was partly provided by the likeable Eddie Waring
, a favourite of impressionist
s in the 1970s and also a presenter on It's A Knockout
The teams in the British Super League are:
Halifax Blue Sox
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats
In the Australian National Rugby League:
St George Illawarra Dragons
North Queensland Cowboys