Rugby League

Rugby league football, usually called merely rugby league, is a full-contact form of football, played with a prolate spheroid ball by two teams of thirteen players on a rectangular grass field.

One of the two codes of rugby football, rugby league split from the then-strictly amateur Rugby Football Union in 1895, and its rules have regularly changed in order to create a more entertaining version of the sport for spectators. The game is commonly referred to as football, footy, rugby or league. Frequently cited as the toughest, most physically challenging of team sports, the primary aim in rugby league is to carry or kick the ball towards the opposing team's goal line where points are scored by grounding the ball; this is called a try.

After scoring a try, the team is allowed the chance to try at goal with a translation - a kick for further points.

The opposing team will attempt to stop the attacking side gaining points by preventing their progress up the field by tackling the player carrying the ball. The most prominent skin tone of the game is its fast attacks, physical contests, precision kicks and set plays. Rugby league is played internationally by 36 nations, predominantly in the United Kingdom, European, Pacific and Commonwealth countries. New Zealand is the current World Cup holder.

The game itself holds an important place in the culture and inheritance of both the United Kingdom and Australasia, represented by the two premier club tournaments, Super League and the National Rugby Leagu.