It all comes down to money, as most things in sport do. Rugby was supposed to be an amateur game with nobody earning money from playing. Some of the clubs, more likely to be in the north of England where teams were generally made up of men from the mines or the mills which predominated, wanted to compensate their players as they had to take time off work in order to play. If they didn't work, they didn't earn, so the clubs wanted to make up their 'broken time' as it was known.
The rugby authorities didn't take kindly to that as it went against the amateur ethos and a number of clubs were put on notice to stop compensating players or be thrown out. A number of these clubs organised themselves and decided to go it alone following a meeting on August 29 1895 at the George Hotel in Huddersfield. They formed the Northern Union and the game evolved over the years to become Rugby League.
Many of the differences between union and League emerged down the years, normally down to League clubs wanting to keep costs under control and keep the entertainment level up to ensure paying spectators would keep paying their money to come and watch. The reduction to 13 players, for example, was one measure which kept costs down.
And all that has ended up where we are now with two very different, if superficially similar games.
Rugby Union started (according to web Ellis fans) in 1823 Rugby league - in 1895
John Griffin - rugby union - died on 1895-07-13.
Albert Jenkins - rugby union - was born on 1895-03-11.
The Rugby Union was created in 1895, so it would have existed for 116 years.
The union code started in 1872 and was introduced by British merchants - league came in 1895
The term RUGBY comes from the town of Rugby in Warwichshire England. The game of Rugby Union is reputed to have been conceived at the Rugby Public School which was situated in the Town and remains there to this day. Rugby League formally broke away from Union and became a separate sport in 1895.
Rugby League was established in Huddersfield, Yorkshire in August 1895.The game came about following a long and acrimonious dispute about entitlement to pay for players ( mostly working class players) for lost wages whilst away from work.The failure of the rugby establishment to even discuss the matter led to the split and the formation of the Northern Rugby Union, which then became known as the Rugby League.
rugby league was born in England in 1895 - it was at that point that it established itself as a separate entity from the RFU (and therefore the game of rugby union). It called itself the "Northern Union" (later called English RL).
Rugby League split from Rugby Union to become professional in 1895. Rugby Union would not become professional for a hundred years, until after the 1995 Rugby World Cup.
The football association was formed and outlawed handling the ball. The players of the time split from the FA and formed the Rugby Football Union
Rugby union was :) the rugby union club i captain is the oldest rugby club in the world