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Rugby Union

Rugby union is a field game played between two teams of 15 players. The aim of the game is to bring the ball into the opposing team’s end zone to score a goal, called a try. While the players must advance forward, the ball cannot be thrown forward meaning advancement is made by running with the ball or kicking the ball. It is a full contact game.

Is this activity known by any other names?

Rugger; Rugby football

What are the origins of the activity abroad and in Canada?

Rugby was developed in England in the 1800s and was introduced in Eastern Canada, largely among university students and the military, in the mid-1800s. The first recorded rugby union game in Canada was played at McGill University in 1865. The sport is now played across the country, in youth leagues, high schools, adult clubs, and old-timers leagues.

Who takes part?

Traditionally played by immigrants from or people with cultural roots in the Commonwealth (the British Isles, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa), the sport is now played by people of diverse ethnocultural backgrounds.

When does it occur / How often do you take part?

Rugby union is played outdoor in the summer and fall.

Are there any organized clubs, groups, organizations or leagues?

Toronto Rugby Union; Ontario Women’s League; Marshall Premiership; Marshall Championship

Cultural Significance


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