Like many of the world’s most popular sports, rugby is based on team play, where opposing teams will battle for the win on the field. Rugby has grown in popularity over the last century, and is now one of the most enjoyed sports on the planet, with hundreds of millions of fans.
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As one of the most popular games in the world, rugby has a massive, international following that spans millions of diehard fans. It’s also home to global sporting events that involve some of the best athletes that the sporting world has ever seen, and it continues to gain popularity around the world.
Rugby is one of the most well-loved sporting games around the world. With great players competing for treasured trophies, the world of rugby has kicked up its fair share of memorable moments. What are some of the rugby goals, wins and events that will go down in history?
Every four years, one of the world’s most popular and most viewed rugby tournaments take place – the Rugby World Cup. The most recent world cup took place in Japan in 2019 with South Africa being crowned the champions.
With the Rugby World Championship title in their pockets, the Springboks had every reason to be proud, not only of their physical prowess at winning the match, but because of the host of psychological tricks that they employed on the referee, Jerome Garces, to sway marginal decisions.
South African rugby is the stuff that legends are made of. According to Rugby World, South Africa has won the Webb Ellis trophy three times, which is an accolade that it only shares with New Zealand.
The success of the 1995 World Cup Rugby – hosted by South Africa - was the catalyst to move rugby from the amateur to the professional arena. Backed by the IRB, which declared Rugby Union club members salaried, rugby players are today some of the highest paid sports people in the world.
As one of the world’s most popular sports, rugby has millions of followers around the world, and it’s difficult to find someone that doesn't like to sit back after a long day and watch their favourite teams fighting it out. But the popularity of the sport isn’t equal everywhere, and some regions love the sport so much that it’s become something of a religion to them. These are some of the places where rugby is just as much a part of the community as the local government.
When it comes to the top-paid sportspeople, male footballers take the cake. However, as the highest-paid rugby players per season prove, you would be a fool to think that all the big money is limited to footie.
Most professional rugby players start thinking about retiring from the sport when they are in their 30s. However, what they do once they have hung up their boots sometimes is more surprising than anything they ever did on the pitch. These are just some of the players who have gone on to enjoy successful careers in unexpected fields.