Rugby Union Books
Rugby Union is the 15 a side game which was first played in 1845 and is now played in over 100 countries across six continents. In 1995 the IRB (International Rugby Board) removed restrictions on payments to players, making the openly professional at the highest level for the first time. The Rugby World Cup, which takes place every four years with the winner of the tournament receiving the ‘Web Ellis Cup’.
Major domestic competitions include the ‘English Premiership’ in England, ‘Top 14’ in France, ‘The Currie Cup’ in South Africa and the ‘ITM Cup’ in New Zealand. Other transnational competitions include ‘The Pro 12’, involving Irish,Italian, Scottish and Welsh teams; the ‘Heinekin Cup, involving the top European teams from their respective domestic competitions, and ‘Super Rugby’, involving Australian, New Zealand and South African teams.
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