As a Rugby player in America, it seems as if Rugby is becoming much more popular here. It is by no means a major sport, but it has a following similar to what soccer had in the early 90's. Many people begin to notice or play it at the Collegiate level, and its becoming a popular sport amongst colleges and more recently, some high schools. USA Rugby has been stepping up its exposure, and I've noticed from friends that they are starting to at least notice and recognize that it exists. In major cities we have entire rugby unions that compete at Youth, Collegiate, Men's and Women's levels. As more games are played in the States against real opponents, and our national team improves, the popularity of Rugby should see a spike as well.
Supposedly, third? most watched after soccer (of course), and the Olympics. But I'm not positive.
Rugby is the 2nd most popular sport in the world statistically in support and participation followed by cricket and then tennis.
The Rugby World Cup is the 3rd largest sporting event in the world behind the Olympics and Soccer World Cup.
Although it's not very popular comparing with rugby union, it's popular enough to have professional leagues through the world like in England and in Australia( where it's more popular than the rugby union)
Its not, Rugby League and Union is very small, because NFL, NBA, MLB AND NHL took over US.
The game has accelerated in the past 5 years, indeed since the last World Cup the Union code has take the US by storm. Because they are in the pool section of the 2011 RWC it shows that far from being a novice team they are truley world clss and are very capable in upsetting many big name. To date they have increase their TV share across the nation with college rugby taking on the likes of American Football, Basebsall and basket ball.
Whilst these are still the popular sports as in many countries Rugby is creeping upi - really quickly which is why some US player are now in regional teams in Europe. So far these are the National, Super league , Division 1 and College
Mens first team - Eagles
Mens selcet 15
mens Eagles 7's
Mens All American
Womens All American
Mens Under 20's
Womens Under 20's
Boys High School All American
New York State
Met New York
SF Golden Gate
Old Puget Sound Beach
New York Athletic Club
Old Blue New York
Potomac Athletic Club
Boston Irish Wolfhounds
Chicago Griffins RFC
Chicago Lions RFC
Dallas Harlequins RFC
Denver Barbarians RFC
Old Puget Sound Beach
San Francisco Golden Gate RFC
Utah Warriors Rugby
Rugby League is very popular in Australia. It gained more TV Viewers than the entire Cricket World Cup.
81,678 as of April 2011
it is very popular
very popular in newzealand
Rugby is un popular in the US because of the better marketed American Football which is also a contact sport.
Rugby in the States is not very popular, however recent reports by the International Rugby Board (IRB) have found a steady increase in Rugby over in the US. However sports like basketball & gridiron hinder the spread of rugby.On another note, the US Rugby squad is very talented; showcasing some good rugby at the recent 2003 & 2007 Rugby World Cups.
Rugby Union players. They are better publicised on the world stage. They gain more money from sponsorship deals. Rugby Union is a more popular sport so people are more willing to pay to see them.
rugby union is the world cup, the six nations, the european nations cup... rugby union is what people know as rugby. all other forms of rugby are not as popular.
Rugby is an international sport, and with rugby being included into the Olympic games 2016, guess it has become very popular in the world.
The answere is rugby it is the most popular sport in new zealand
Rugby School is a private school in the town of RUGBY Warwickshire in England. If you visit .rugbyschool.net/ you will see the whole establishment
No rugby is not popular in Mexico and as yet they are not one of the IRB 93 national clubs
Rugby is not a very popular sport in Poland, but it does have a Rugby team.Its called Poland national rugby union team (Polski ZwiÄ…zek Rugby)
World-wide rugby is more popular in terms of number of players and fan bases.
Track and Cross Country are by far more popular then Rugby.