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mc_watson87
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Damn lucky Legends! :mad:
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what happened?
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Pallister scored opener in first half for the legends.
Equalizer by some Celeb, nice shot from 30 yards, about the 75th minute.
McCoist scored winner for Legends in the 93rd min! :mad: I was really looking forward to a penalty shootout.
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Well which sport was created first? I was told it was union. No idea if that is true. Will look it up.
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(Original post by NDGAARONDI)
Well which sport was created first? I was told it was union. No idea if that is true. Will look it up.
1400-1800: Many different types of football - rugby league’s ancestors - are played throughout Britain. Unlike modern soccer, most football games allowed handling the ball. There are records of football games being played in future league strongholds such as Hull, Huddersfield, Rochdale, Whitehaven, Workington and York.

1823 - William Webb Ellis, a pupil at Rugby School, allegedly picked up the ball and invented rugby. But there is no evidence to support this myth - even the 1895 Inquiry, which immortalised Ellis found no proof. Running with the ball became common in 1830s at Rugby School and Rugby School football became popular throughout the UK in the 1850s and 1860s.

1864 - The first rugby clubs formed in Leeds and Huddersfield, followed by Hull (1865), York (1868), followed by hundreds more in Cumbria, Lancashire and Yorkshire in the 1870s and 1880s.

1876 - Yorkshire Cup competition started for Yorkshire rugby clubs. Soon it attracts bigger crowds than the FA Cup Final.

1886 - Concerned at the growing dominance of the largely working-class northern clubs, the Rugby Football Union introduces strict amateur rules.

1893 - Yorkshire clubs propose allowing players to be paid six shillings ‘broken-time’ payments when they miss work due to matches. RFU vote down proposal. Widespread suspensions of northern clubs and players begin.

1895 - Threatened with expulsion from the RFU if they cannot prove their amateurism, 21 leading Lancashire and Yorkshire clubs meet at the George Hotel, Huddersfield on 29 August 1895. They vote unanimously to form the Northern Rugby Football Union (NU) and allow broken-time payments.

The Northern Union changed its name some time around 1925 to "The Rugby Football League" after expansion of the game to both Australia and France made the name redundant.

Rugby League was massive in France until the Vichy regime that collaborated with the Nazis siezed all its assets and gave them to Rugby Union. To this date enquiries and court cases are still going on re. this.

Rugby League was banned in the army until an act of Parliament in 1994 meant that they could no longer discriminate against it. The first "Rugby" world cup was actually in the 1950's and was a Rugby League tournament held in France.

Despite it's Northern working class roots Rugby League enjoys a thriving scene throughout the country with all counties having a side at some level. Today Coventry Bears won the NL3 Grand Final.

Rugby League has been well received in Russia (yes Russia) where a thriving domestic competition enjoys healthy attendances (3-10K per game) and much television coverage. Internationals between Russia and France / England amatures have attracted crowds of 30-50K
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I'm guessing there is much debate as to which form of rugby came first.
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(Original post by NDGAARONDI)
I'm guessing there is much debate as to which form of rugby came first.
No form came first as such, In the beginning there was "Rugby". Rugby League was / is a breakaway and the rules have evolved. I believe that Rugby Union would have evolved to something like Rugby League had the split not occured.

Rugby Union has recently played experimental matches using 13 a side teams (no flankers) and a 5m offside rule at the ruck (very similair to the 10m offside rule in Rugby League). They are of course keeping this quiet.

There is alot of discrimination against RL primerily by the upper class media types in papers such as The Times.
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Ronnie O'Sullivan won the finals!!!!
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Brilliant goal by Jonathan Wilkes. Dunno if he meant it, but it was a stunner. The celebs were sooooooo unfortunate. I would have loved it to have gone to penalties for the drama (who knows, we might have even seen some tears then). The celebs deserved it, and Campbell was so unlucky to not score. First the post, the a very close backheel and a few other chances. And good defence. Overall a very decent game, and boy will the legends be letting out a sigh of relief.
And it was a really nice tribute for Bobby Robson. He looked so emotional at the end.
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Rugby League has been well received in Russia (yes Russia) where a thriving domestic competition enjoys healthy attendances (3-10K per game) and much television coverage. Internationals between Russia and France / England amatures have attracted crowds of 30-50K
Not true. Georgia used to be big on Rugby. We have always sucked and most definitely don't have more than 100 people attending any rugby game, including internationals.
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Not true. Georgia used to be big on Rugby. We have always sucked and most definitely don't have more than 100 people attending any rugby game, including internationals.
What the hell has this got to do with anything? Rugby Union (mainly known as Rugby) is not that popular in Russia. Rugby League is. .

THIS IS THE PROBLEM. People in development areas cannot distinguish Rugby (Rugby Union) from Rugby League and think that it is the same thing!
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does snooker count?
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Photo from Russia V U.S.A. Rugby League (13 man game) earlier this year (or was it last year?).


The stadium holds around 85K and whilst it is sparse there is probably still about 20K there, maybe even 30K (bear in mind you can only see 1 stand).

So much for "a few hundred" spectators.
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or darts?
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(Original post by MRLX69)
does snooker count?
Yes, as does darts.
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Further photo from the same game.



Crowd looks reasonably healthy.
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maybe you guys should shift to the rugby thread...
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maybe you guys should shift to the rugby thread...
Which one? Union / League or is there a generic thread? The whole point of my posts was someone has put "Rugby" in the poll totally ignoring the fact that there are two seperate codes.
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No this is better than rugby http://images.google.co.uk/images?q=...-8&sa=N&tab=wi :cool:
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That is for psychos!
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