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Watch UK Rugby Union and Rubgy League live abroad.

We’re big fans of Rugby here at Teeveeing, and we know that many of our members are too. Rugby is a thrilling sport that combines physical strength, strategic thinking, and teamwork. Whether you’re a die-hard fan or just starting to learn about the game, there are always interesting facts and trivia to discover. Here we share some of our favorite pieces of rugby trivia, from the sport’s humble beginnings to its modern-day stars, we hope to offer some insights that will deepen your appreciation for this incredible game.

Pssst. You can watch many UK rugby matches while travelling of living abroad with a Teeveeing Membership. Membership starts from just €5.99 a month for annual membership.

Rugby: A brief history.

Rugby football originated in England in the 19th century and was played in public schools. The first rugby international match was played in 1871 between England and Scotland, and the sport quickly gained popularity.

In 1895, a dispute over compensation for players led to the split of the rugby football community into two separate codes: rugby union and rugby league.

The sport has since evolved into two main forms, Rugby Union and Rugby League, each with its unique set of rules and regulations. Both versions of the sport are extremely popular in the UK, particularly in Wales, Scotland, and England, where they have a large following and a long tradition.

The different types of Rugby.

  • Rugby Union: This is the most popular form of rugby worldwide, played with two teams of 15 players each on a rectangular field with a goal at each end. The objective is to score more points than the opposing team by carrying, passing, or kicking the ball over the opposing team’s goal line.
  • Rugby League: This is a form of rugby played with two teams of 13 players each, with the objective of scoring points by carrying or kicking the ball into the opposing team’s end zone. Rugby League is primarily played in the UK, Australia, and New Zealand.
  • Sevens Rugby: This is a form of rugby played with two teams of seven players each, on a smaller field than traditional rugby. Sevens rugby is a faster-paced game, with shorter matches and fewer players on the field. It is played at the Olympics and has a World Cup tournament.
  • Touch Rugby: This is a non-contact form of rugby played with six players on each team, with the objective of scoring points by touching the ball down over the opposing team’s goal line.
  • Tag Rugby: This is another non-contact form of rugby played with teams of seven players each, with the objective of pulling a tag from the waistband of the opposing team’s player instead of tackling them.
  • Wheelchair Rugby: This is a form of rugby designed for individuals with disabilities, where players use specially designed wheelchairs to play on the court.

Why Rugby is so popular.

Rugby has numerous clubs and teams across the UK. This has led to a vibrant and passionate rugby culture, with fans from across the country, and faithful fans abroad, coming together-live to cheer on their teams. The sport is also hugely popular among young people, with thousands of children and teenagers taking up the sport every year through school and club programs.

One of the key reasons for rugby’s popularity in the UK is its long history and tradition. The sport has a rich heritage and has been played in the country for over 120 years, which has helped to establish a strong connection between the sport and the British people.

Additionally, the sport’s physicality and athleticism make it a thrilling and exciting spectacle to watch, and its emphasis on teamwork, respect, and sportsmanship make it a great example of the values that the UK holds dear. Another factor contributing to rugby’s popularity in the UK is the high level of skill and technique required to play the game at the top level.

UK Rugby trivia.

  • The Six Nations is the annual rugby tournament contested between England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, France, and Italy. It was first played in 1883 as the Home Nations Championship, with only England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland participating.
  • England has won the Six Nations the most times, with 29 championships to their name. Wales is in second place with 27 wins.
  • The Rugby Football Union (RFU), the governing body for rugby union in England, was founded in 1871. It is the oldest rugby union in the world.
  • The first international rugby union match was played between Scotland and England in Edinburgh on March 27, 1871. Scotland won the match by scoring one goal and one try to England’s one try.
  • Twickenham Stadium, the home of English rugby, has a seating capacity of 82,000, making it the largest stadium in the UK dedicated to rugby.
  • The British and Irish Lions is a rugby union team that represents Great Britain and Ireland. The team tours every four years, playing matches against teams in Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. The Lions have won 21 test series out of the 38 they have played.
  • The record for the most points scored by a team in a Six Nations match is 63, held jointly by England and Ireland. England achieved the feat against Scotland in 2017, while Ireland scored 63 points against Italy in 2021.
  • With 809 points and 109 caps, Chris Paterson holds the record for the most points scored and the second highest number of appearances for Scotland.
  • The Women’s Rugby World Cup was first held in 1991, with England winning the inaugural tournament. England has since gone on to win the Women’s Rugby World Cup a total of three times.

Major rugby events in 2023.

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Date
Event 
Time
Type
Channel
Saturday 11th February
Scotland v Wales 6pm - 9pm
Rugby union
Sunday 12th February
England v Italy (4:15pm)
Rugby union
16th February
Betfred Super League
Warrington v Leeds 8pm
Rugby league
17th February
Betfred Super League
Leigh v Salford 8pm
Rugby league
18 February
Betfred Super League
Hull KR v Wigan Warriors
Rugby league
23 February
Betfred Super League
Salford v Hull KR 8pm
Rugby league
24 February
Betfred Super League
Leeds v Hull 8pm
Rugby league
Saturday 25th February
Wales v England (4:45pm)
Rugby union
Saturday 25th February
Italy v Ireland (2:15pm)
Rugby union
Sunday 26 February
Betfred Super League
Castleford Tigers v St Helens
Rugby league
Sunday 26th February
France v Scotland (3pm)
Rugby union
2 March
Betfred Super League
Warrington v Salford 8pm
Rugby league
3 March
Betfred Super League
St Helens v Leeds 8pm
Rugby league
9 March
Betfred Super League
Wigan v Catalans 8pm
Rugby league
10 March
Betfred Super League
Huddersfield v Castleford 8pm
Rugby league
Saturday 11th March
England v France (4:45pm)
Rugby union
Saturday 11th March
Italy v Wales (2:15pm)
Rugby union
Sunday 12th March
Scotland v Ireland (3pm)
Rugby union
16 March
Betfred Super League
Castleford v Leeds 8pm
Rugby league
17 March
Betfred Super League
St Helens v Hull 8pm
Rugby league
Saturday 18th March
Scotland v Italy (12:30pm)
Rugby union
Saturday 18th March
France v Wales (2:45pm);
Rugby union
Saturday 18th March
Ireland v England (5pm)
Rugby union
23 March
Betfred Super League
Huddersfield v St Helens 8pm
Rugby league
24 March
Betfred Super League
Wakefield v Hull KR 8pm
Rugby league
Saturday 25 March
Betfred Super League
Leeds Rhinos v Catalans Dragons
Rugby league
30 March
Betfred Super League
Leigh v Wigan 8pm
Rugby league
31 March
Betfred Super League
Hull KR v Leeds 8pm
Rugby league
Saturday 1 April
Betfred Super League
Warrington Wolves v Hull FC
Rugby league
April 6
Betfred Super League
Castleford v Wakefield 8pm
Rugby league
April 7
Betfred Super League
Hull v Hull KR 12:30pm
Rugby league
April 8
Betfred Super League
Leigh v Salford 2:30pm
Rugby league
April 9
Betfred Super League
Leeds v Huddersfield 6pm
Rugby league
Saturday 13 May
Betfred Super League
St Helens v Salford Red Devils
Rugby league
Thursday 13 April
Betfred Super League
St Helens v Salford Red Devils
Rugby league
Thursday 13 April
Betfred Super League
Salford v Castleford, 8pm
Rugby league
Friday 14 April
Betfred Super League
Warrington v Wigan, 8pm
Rugby league
Thursday 20 April
Betfred Super League
St Helens v Warrington, 8pm
Rugby league
Friday 21 April
Betfred Super League
Castleford v Hull KR, 8pm
Rugby league
Thursday 4 May
Betfred Super League
Hull v Wigan, 8pm
Rugby league
Friday 5 May
Betfred Super League
Catalans v St Helens, 8pm
Rugby league
Thursday 11 May
Betfred Super League
Wakefield v Hull, 8pm
Rugby league
Thursday 25 May
Betfred Super League
Hull KR v Wigan, 8pm
Rugby league
Saturday 26 May
Betfred Super League
Leeds v St Helens, 8pm
Rugby league
Saturday 3 June
Betfred Super League
Salford v Hull KR, 1:30pm
Rugby league
Saturday 3 June
Betfred Super League
Wigan v Catalans, 3:45pm
Rugby league
Saturday 3 June
Betfred Super League
Leeds v Castleford, 6pm
Rugby league
Sunday 4 June
Betfred Super League
Wakefield v Leigh, 12:30pm
Rugby league
Sunday 4 June
Betfred Super League
St Helens v Huddersfield, 2:45pm
Rugby league
Sunday 4 June
Betfred Super League
Hull FC v Warrington, 5pm
Rugby league
12th August
Challenge Cup Finals 2023
?
Rugby league
September 21 to Sunday, September 24
Betfred Super League
?
Rugby league
8 September to 28 October 2023
Rugby World Cup France 2023
?
Rugby union
14th October
Betfred Super League Grand Final
?
Rugby league

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