In league there is constantly fast flowing rugby, where sometimes the game can last 20+ minutes without the ball going out of play. just pure unadulterated strength and stamina.from a pure entertainment angle, i think league is the better game. Several things hereRL is a much better game to watch now as the players (as in most sports ) are better conditioned than in the past. Complain about this comment (Comment number 38). Read more. Complain about this comment (Comment number 70), The most important difference between Rugby Union and Rugby League is the devastating effect the serious neck,shoulder and back injuries sustained by Union players in the scrum,ruck and maul has on their sex life.To be an accomplished erotic technician,the male body needs to be supple and able to twist and turn effortlessly in unusual positions.How many of those International Rugby Union players recovering from long term injuries(and there are many) are able to perform,if at all,to their partner's satisfaction?. I think that rugby league is better than Union because i have experienced the game and it is a better one on o0ne sport and i think that league is better that union. His immobility would be too easily exposed. I like my line-outs; I like my real scrums. Its 13 crazy but skilled flankers on a field with the pace of a centre in union. Mainly when the welsh union players migrated in fairly large numbers.But even then i found the league game, boring and one dimensional.I don't want to watch basketball with contact. Complain about this comment (Comment number 37). During the early development of rugby football different schools used different rules, on many occasions agreeing upon them shortly before commencement of the game. Rugby union nowadays is one dimensional. How good it is to be back on the air. Lets keep that going- respect the differences in play and admire the stars who play these really tough games.The only thing i wish as a league fan is more coverage in the media. A RL 'prop' requires pretty much the same skillset as a RL 'full back'. If the ball goes out of play after such a kick, play restarts with a six player scrum, which is also the method of restart following most minor rules infringements. It is winning new fans, breaking new ground and attracting new investors. However, Unfortunately, I agree with #9 Fife_ger comments, about the boring French Rugby Union games too.The most annoying is, the style is the same for each country of the 6 Nations.Mainly because the game is professionnal, so top players from every country can adapt and play in every top clubs. If you watch the State of Origin series you see how league should be played. Complain about this comment (Comment number 59). Perhaps if we brought in a 6 phase then turnover concept then we might not have to suffer big heavy men running into other big heavy men with little or no territorial gain. Roll forward 40 years and the position has been reversed. Complain about this comment (Comment number 1). League takes the best bits - strength, ball skill, open running, fitness and leaves the dross - endless kicking to find touch, pointless repetitive 1m gains in the middle, fat blokes who would be better suited to darts and games won on penalties without a try being scored. It will move closer and closer towards RL as having the ball in play is better than the crowd having it ! Confession time here: I love rugby league. Why are there two different kinds? Our Union serving isn't much better. Jamie Roberts could make the switch easily. Northern Rugby Football Union clubs continued for a while to play by the same original rules as set down by the RFU, but it wasn’t long before they began to create a new, different kind of rugby. I have spent my whole life without having watched TV on a Tuesday or Thursday night because, your honour, they are rugby training nights. Does anybody know where this study is as I can no longer find it?Cheers, Complain about this comment (Comment number 57). Complain about this comment (Comment number 10). A french(Senlis)point of view.Not the same historical, public schools versus working men class did not exist.In France, originaly as you know, Union was played mainly in south ouest in villages.Nowdays spread out the country, but the main thing(the reason i enjoy it so much compare to soccer), this sport is played by doctors, plumbers, electricians, engineers, farmers, etc...Excellent to meet people from different environments, help you to not to be narrow minded.So no private club, that is why were are so lucky to have facilities and pitches paid by the mairie (all the community).John, a recent debate about stadiums, a town like Senlis (15000 people) north of Paris (so, not the hot bed of rugby)we have 2 pitches and a club house, not with race tracks and athletics, exclusively for the PRACTICE of RUGBY.Rugby league not popular in France except in Perpignan. Small acorns, but a mighty sport !! All the other choices are 100% spot on! They are just different (although the berks that tweak the Union rules seem hell bent on making Union ever more similar to League). RL on the other hand has improved beyond all recognition, and is no longer the up'n'under game of Eddie Wairing, it has become faster as the players fitness has improved and is a much better game to watch now when the ball is played to hands , there is more ingenuity, more thought and is far more exciting and better to watch now than RU. Then you remove set pieces as a realistic battle (as league does) and the resulting opportunity to gain an advantage: whoops, you appear to have removed the need for genuine specialists and therefore diversity amongst the size and shape of players. After starting to be played at a number of schools and clubs, rugby football gained a governing body in 1870 in the shape of the Rugby Football Union. They and their Lancashire neighbours formed the Northern Rugby Football Union, whilst the RFU continued to govern the sport which would soon become known, In rugby league a player must place the ball between their legs after being tackled and then roll it back with their foot to a team mate, in what is sometimes colloquially known as a ‘chicken scratch’. Perhaps because of the history and the shape of the ball it is assumed that Union and League have something in common. The one I find a bit of an odd choice is Bryan Redpath. The first obvious difference between rugby league and rugby union is that the former is played by 13 players per team, whilst the latter features 15 players a side. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. It will be called rugby league. "Not this year,Josephine,My back's killing me".The lot of the wife of a professional Rugby Union player is not a happy one.Forced to scavenge in Oxfam shops due to the paltry salary of her husband,she lives in constant fear that an injury to her husband will not only end his career but even worse, ruin his performance in the Boudoir.She gazes longingly at the lifestyle of footballers' WAGs and asks "Why couldn't my husband have had Wayne Rooney's feet? Rugby football spread to Australia and New Zealand, with games being played in the early-to-mid-nineteenth century. The match played under Union rules would see the League props under severe danger of neck injury in the scrums, the League team would be wiped out in the lineout and the Union team would be able to produce 100m rolling mauls which the League team would have no way of legally stopping. If the ball goes out of play after such a kick, play restarts with a six player, Now that you’ve hopefully got a better understanding of the difference between rugby league and rugby union, you might well fancy taking in some action from either code in person. League is primarily played in the Spring and Summer so they will experience a lot more dry days than Union players. Complain about this comment (Comment number 7). Although it's not as true as it used to be, is you have a union prop and a union winger standing next to each other it's absolutely clear who's who. American Football is all inaction for four hours—arguably the … In the United Kingdom, Rugby League is more popular in the north of England, whereas Rugby Union is more popular in the South. I agree with Lamont and Williams. To boo or not to boo? No fancy or clever answers, as to why. To properly explain the difference between rugby league and rugby union you have to look back at the origins of rugby itself, as well as examining the differences in gameplay between the two codes. I won't go for the whole 'oh union is so boring etc.' so scrums and lineouts suite me fine.Anyway i remember the days when a RU team could kick direct into touch from anywhere. The difference for me though depends on where its played. nearly all the players are standing and walking around when they are not involve in play. The ball used in rugby union, usually referred to as a rugby ball, is a prolate spheroid essentially elliptical in profile. Rugby league was its worse enemy as there were no plans to expand the game outside of Northern England, NSW and Queensland. I've always found the which code is better arguement more confined to the UK.Since moving to NZ in 2007, both codes are watched & enjoyed by fans alike. Complain about this comment (Comment number 36). Almost rugby league and I wondered to myself: would rugby league lads handle this or are they tougher? I found league more enjoyable than rugby due to the fact that you always received the ball and had no choice but defend. Complain about this comment (Comment number 65), Complain about this comment (Comment number 66), Both sports are magnificent days out with rivals and families joining together, one criticism of union however would be the price, £70 for Scotland top seats at their home 6 nations gamesI dont even want to know what Englands prices would beThat compared to the £30 top range seat that I had for the Super League magic weekend at Murrayfield 2 years ago and you can see where the value is, and this was for 3 games on a Sunday.That said its supply and demand and all 6 nations are near sell outs where as the majority of SL games are notBoth codes realise that apart from the premiership in England they are a minority sport and have started initiatives to try and spread the game like the Friday evening 6 nations matches and the SL Magic weekends at both Cardiff and Edinburgh, and that is to be appluadedOn field its hard to judge cause you are not comparing apples to applesLike John I watched Wigan demolish Englands and probably Europes top Union side Bath in a one off game of unionThen in the return when they switched codes put up a fairly good showing and excelled in the loose and counter attackThey only struggled in scrums mauls rucks and the line outThey were fitter better ahletes and had all round better skills and game awarenessHowever since Union has went proffessional the gap has narrowed to such an extent that most players could hold their own at either codesThe big difference however is that in the tackle League players need to do nothing except not knock on, and indeed many times they can engineer a penalty for holding or high tackle or slowing down the play the ball where as in union players are as likely to be penalised as they are to be awarded a penalty due to interpretation of refsThis is why teams kick far more and from far deeper cause its always safer playing in the opponents half defending or attackingA final point is that Union seem to be doing a far better job in spreading the game around the globeLook at some of the teams who play sevens and play very wellKenya,Portugal,Russia,USA,CanadaI think you have to look at all these factors if you want to decideBut for me my favourite ever players from both codes areJones 87 McCaw 07 Calder 90 Jeffreys 90 Williams 05 (thats Martin not Ali)So its Union and all the scavengers and dark art (cheats) back rows for me, Complain about this comment (Comment number 67). Rugby is a sport developed in spread areas within the United Kingdom. Watching league is 10 times better than watching union, as union is just kick-lineout-scrum until someone gets a penalty and takes a shot at goal. Union has lineouts where large 18 / 19 stone men are being lifted and suspended to a height of say, 5 or 6 feet off the ground. To that testament the S14 has tried to model a similar playing comp.The UK seems more preoccupied by which one is the better code.Just enjoy both, but for me, the NRL is my preference. Amongst those laws were strict rules against professionalism within the game and it was these which ultimately led to the rise of rugby league. This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. I much prefer Union but I have seen rugby matches as boring as watching my garden grow. :)@The_Voice: No you're not gettin git, Nottingham are in the RFU Championship. I played RU at school level and my local team back in the late 70's and early 80's. I never used to get cold playing league, or bored for that matter. Obviously he was a great player and i'm not making any comment about his playing ability but would he be a Scotland legend above others? In ‘Union’ sides consist of 15 players, whereas in ‘League’ sides only have 13. Hardly any forwards now spend more than 50 minutes on the field. The tackles were ferocious and at one stage there were some fisticuffs and we were down to fourteen a side. Is union, with its greater number of facets and shapes and sizes a better game almost exclusively because of that? Average attendance at the 2003 RWC (same country - australia) was 38,000, while the average in France 4 years later was 48,000.For another comparrison, the 1998 FIFA World Cup in france had an average attendance of 43,500.In the list of best-attended International sporting competitions, 3 of the top 4 are Rugby Union - RBS 6N's (70,000), FIFA WC (49,000), RWC (47,000) and Tri-nations (44,000). @mefan (post 12)The attendance argument doesn't really stand up in favour of League - yes the Challenge Cup Final will get approx. Just different! Rugby Union wins by a mile for me. I also think union is the more tactical game, partially because of this wider range of skills. I loved both games but chose rugby as it is NZ's national games and the university I went to was all rugby and no league. Go to union, the game as a RL 'full back ' there is another alternative and exciting sport play. Considered the more tactical game, partially because of rugby league world cup isnt much better the... 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