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Rugby Union

Rugby Union teams
Rugby Union is played by teams of 15 players, with each team made up of eight forwards and seven backs.

Even at the top level it used to be amateur; that is, played for fun by people who had other jobs too, but now the top players are all professionals.

The biggest competition in Union is the World Cup, played every four years, but the most famous one in this country is the Six Nations championship.

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