While football is thoroughly enjoyed throughout the UK, when it comes to the Northern sector of England, the sports buzz word here is Rugby. While the game of Rugby can be anybody’s game, it is said that in this region of the UK, it is considered to be the working man’s game. When the game first became popular, it was a non-paying sport which posed a problem for those who wanted to participate but could not afford the time away from work to travel or for the training that the sport demanded. It was over many years that Rugby struggled to be recognised as a professional sport and largely remained in the amateur category.
While Rugby seemed to struggle for the recognition it deserved, meaning to be on par in popularity with the other sports, it did manage to wrangle its way into the television media which probably helped the sport survive. The real turning point came in the 1980s when a new rugby team was formed with the intention of it being an additional way for the football league to generate some side money. Over the years, the game of Rugby has had its battles but has managed to survive.
Currently, the Super League is considered to be the top league for Rugby in Europe. This is a full-time professional league so when one looks way back at how the sport struggled with the amateur level not being able to pay, the sport has truly come a long way.
In addition to the Super League, there are also other impressive leagues only slightly below the Super League. One is the Championship League made up of 12 clubs and the other is League 1 which is comprised of 16 clubs.
For those who have never really sat through a game of Rugby, once they do, it often becomes their favourite sport because of the speed and skill it requires.