Rugby union , commonly known simply as rugby , is a full-contact team sport that originated in England in the first half of the 19th century. One of the two codes of rugby football , it is based on running with the ball in hand. In its most common form, a game is played between two teams of 15 players each, using an oval-shaped ball on a rectangular field called a pitch. The field has H-shaped goalposts at both ends.
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