Why is rugby so popular to the us?

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The game is increasing in it popularity across the world. Some countries where the game has a high level of popularity are:










New Zealand


Some polynesian countries



South Africa


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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.

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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.

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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)

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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

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Mens first team - Eagles

Mens selcet 15

mens Eagles 7's

Womens eagles

Womens 7's

Mens All American

Womens All American

Mens Under 20's

Womens Under 20's

Boys High School All American

College Clubs-

Northern California


Pacific Northwest


Southern California


New England

New York State

Met New York



Super league

SF Golden Gate

Denver Barbarians

Chicago Griffins

Old Puget Sound Beach

Chicago Lions


Dallas Harlequins

New York Athletic Club

Life University


Old Blue New York

Potomac Athletic Club


Boston Irish Wolfhounds

Division 1

Chicago Griffins RFC

Chicago Lions RFC

Dallas Harlequins RFC

Denver Barbarians RFC

Old Puget Sound Beach

San Francisco Golden Gate RFC

Utah Warriors Rugby

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Rugby League is very popular in Australia. It gained more TV Viewers than the entire Cricket World Cup.

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81,678 as of April 2011

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it is very popular

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very popular in newzealand

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