Rugby union, or simply rugby, is a close-contact team sport that dates back to the first half of the nineteenth century in England. It is one of two rugby codes that is based on sprinting with the ball in hand. In its most basic form, a game is played between two teams of 15 players on a rectangular surface called a pitch with an oval-shaped ball. Both ends of the field have H-shaped goalposts.
Rugby union is a popular sport practiced by men and women of all ages all over the world. More than 6,5 million people will be playing by 2023, with 2.5 million of them being registered players.