Rugby football – often referred to simply as Rugby – is a type of football developed from a game played at Rugby School in Warwickshire, England during the 19th century. Today, there are two main types of rugby, rugby league and rugby union. Globally, rugby league is the most widely played form.
Rugby Union is played both as a professional game and amateur game, and the sport is dominated by ten countries: England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, France, Italy and Argentina. Rugby Union is administered by the International Rugby Board (IRB) in Dublin.
Rugby League is also played both as a professional game and amateur game. International Rugby League is dominated by England, Australia and New Zealand, and is administered by the Rugby League International Federation in Sydney. The two most prestigious professional competitions are the Australasian National Rugby League and the European Super League.
A rugby union team consists of 15 players while a rugby league team has 13 players. Another major difference are the rules regarding tackles and what happens after them. In rugby union, players contest possession after a tackle and a ruck or a maul can occur. In rugby league on the other hand, players are not allowed to contest possession after a tackle. Instead, play is continued with a play-the-ball.
If the team in possession fails to score before a set of six tackles, they must surrender possession in rugby league. In rugby union there is no such requirement and a team can therefore keep the ball for an unlimited number of tackles, provided of course that no offense takes place.
Betting on Rugby
Rugby is not just a popular sport to play, it is also a sport that attracts a lot of gamblers. Today, a long row of betting opportunities are available online and offline, and the development of online betting has made it possible for bettors to place wagers on rugby even if they happen to live in a country where rugby isn’t a widely played sport. We’ve seen that betpal.com is offering betting tips on rugby quite regulary.
If you want to bet on rugby, you can go for anything from basic point spreads to complex or novel wagers. Below are a few of the bets you can expect to find at betting sites catering to rugby enthusiast.
- Outright Winner: Which team will win the game?
- Total Points: How many points will the match have? Bet on the exact amount, or pick the over/under option.
- Supermacy Bet: How many points will a team beat another team by?
- First Try Scorer: Which team will score the first point in the match? This betting option is often utilized together with the Outright Winner bet.
- Future Bet: Which team will win the tournament / series?