TOP 5 RUGBY TEAMS IN THE WORLD

Rugby is one of the oldest games in the world. This game originated in 1823 in Rugby, Warwickshire England when a student named William Webb Ellis picked up and ran away with the ball during a football match. This paved the way for the creation of rugby football as a sport.

Although its popularity is shadowed by football and soccer, it still remains as one of the most watched game every season. Countries around the globe compete to win the coveted Rugby World Cup. Rugby is so popular that players are flocked by groups of women. Many players use fuckbook style dating apps like Meet And Fuck and find many dates. There are many more a like as well.

Here are the top performing countries that made it to the top 5 of the World Rugby Rankings:

New Zealand

The team “All Blacks” of New Zealand tops this list. New Zealand has long been a top competitor in this game ever since they joined the international game in 1903. The name All Blacks was derived from the team’s uniform which was all in black. The team has brought to its country countless wins from both local and international competitions.

Some of its former members have even been inducted into the international rugby hall of fame. Currently, they are the Rugby’s World Champions, having won the world cup in 2011, 2015 and the 1987 Inaugural Cup. They were named world rugby’s “Team of the Year” seven consecutive times from 2010 – 2016.

Aside from its amazing prowess, this team also became famous for their “Haka” which is their traditional Maori war cry or challenge. The All Blacks perform this before every game in front of their rival team.

England

The English Rugby Team is the second-ranked rugby team in the world, with a ranking point as high as 90.46. They were called Reds and Whites for a time, after the team’s rose emblem; however, this name was very seldom used. The team’s players wear a white jersey decorated with a rose, white shorts and navy socks.

The English team is part of the Six Nations Side which includes Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Italy, and France. England received their highest world ranking in 2004 when they became the number one team. They are the only team from continental Europe to actually win the World Cup. Their biggest win was against Romania in 2001 where they beat Romania for 134 points.

Like New Zealand, many notable players from England were also inducted into the international rugby hall of fame.

Australia

Australia’s “Wallabies” hold the title for the third spot in the rugby world ranking. Another big contender for the World Cup, this team has a world ranking of 86.35.

After the New Zealand team’s nickname became so popular, there was increased demand for the Australian team to have one too. So they were named after the wallaby, a marsupial which belongs to the family of kangaroos. The colors green and gold then became the team’s jersey color.

After having their lowest rank (sixth) in 2015, they have successfully bounced back to second place in 2016, their highest recorded rank. In October 2003 they defeated Namibia, in their greatest game ever where the score was 142 for Australia and 0 for Namibia. Since 1987, they have joined the World Cup eight times, rising higher in the ranks every time.

Ireland

Another top rugby team is the Irish Rugby Team. This team is part of the Six Nations Side and like the other European countries has not adopted a nickname for their team. They are, however, very recognizable for their green jersey.

There is an on-going rivalry between Ireland and England, and this sometimes translates to their game. Ireland, as the fourth in the world rankings, competes annually in the Six Nations Championship and the Rugby World Cup. Its highest ever ranking in the world cup was in 2015 where it achieved second place for the first time. Overall, their point rankings for this year are 83.53 which makes them a fierce competitor.

Wales

Wales is not only known for their beautiful and rugged coastal areas but also for their strong rugby team. They are very distinct with their red jersey with an embroidered red dragon on the back. Admirably, the Welsh team have won the Six Nations Championship for 26 times. The team however dropped to the fifth spot this year from the second spot last 2015. They were the first team who played against the New Zealand team in 1905 at Cardiff and they defeated the All Blacks 3 to 0. Recently their point rankings remain at 82.99, a few points below Ireland.

With the next Rugby World Cup practically around the corner, expectations are ripe and the pressure is on all the teams. The next one will be held in Japan in 2019. Now with only 2 years before the event, other powerhouse countries like South Africa, Scotland, France, Argentina, Japan, and Italy will be vying for the top spots. Will the All Blacks remain on top or will another team surpass them?

The History of Rugby

Legend has it that it all started in 1823 when a young player, William Webb Ellis, from Rugby School in England picked up the ball and ran with it towards the opposition’s goal line. It has then evolved into one of the most popular and greatest team sports in the world.

In 1858, Adrian van der Byl, who was recognized as one of the best footballers on the field, moved to Edinburgh and attended in Merchiston School. He captained the school in what was probably the first ever inter-schools match, against Edinburgh’s Royal High School, and then against Edinburgh Academy later in the year.

Enthusiasm for rugby slowly spilled out of the schools and universities. Several adult rugby clubs were formed, most notably in Liverpool in 1857 and in Blackheath in 1858. Berkshire adopted the game in 1860. As the sport expanded, its rules began to be amended and altered according to the needs of schools and adult clubs.

As various different rules led to glitches and a necessary solution had to be done to answer the problem, 11 London-based clubs held a meeting in October 1863 and discussed the formation of the Football Association. It aimed to draw up a common set of rules that could be played by all footballers.

However, it was not that simple. Numerous injuries caused by hacking and several incidents of abdominal injuries resulted to public condemnations. The Football Association had to face the challenge and had to put rugby in order. In 1870, the Football Association organised two international games between England and Scotland, and to organise an international match, a governing body was required.

That same year, Blackheath secretary Benjamin Burns and his counterpart Edwin Ash published a letter that some fixed code of rules should be adopted by all clubs. There should be ground rules in order not to result in confusion and disputes. The two hoped that all clubs will join them in framing a code of rules.

On January 26, 1871, after six long meetings to reach an agreement, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) was founded. Their goal was to frame a code of football based upon the Rugby system of play. The 32 delegates representing 21 clubs appointed a sub-committee to draw up the “Laws of the Game.”

In 1889, the Rugby Football Union began a new county championship tournament and by the early 1890s, the England side, reliant on northern players, did the Grand Slam to win the Home Nations Championship. The team also defeated Scotland in the final match.

In 1895, leading northern clubs decided to leave the Rugby Football Union after they were banned from receiving payment for missed work when they played rugby. Rugby was then divided into two main codes, the Rugby League and the Rugby Union.

Rugby took part in 1900 Olympic Games, this was after a meeting conducted by the Organising Committee. The group responsible for the Athletics Games considered rugby football in the list of sports to be included in the program. On May 1924, the Olympic rugby tournament was held in Paris.

In 1910, France joined the Home Nations Championship which was originally played among teams from England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. With the addition of France, this became the Five Nations Championship, which later on became the Six Nations Championship with the addition of Italy.

Rugby league was recognised in France by Jean Galia. However, in 1941, the Vichy France government banned Rugby League following its desire to ban all professional sports. With this, Rugby Union had regained its funds and properties. In 1944, the Vichy France government fell. Thus, the ban on Ruby League was lifted.

In 1951, South American Rugby Championship, organized by Sudamerica Rugby, commenced. It was a round-robin tournament, with each team playing each other once at a designated host stadium. Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay were the core teams. Brazil, Paraguay, and Peru, later on, completed the teams in the tournament.

First held in France in 1954, the Rugby League World Cup kicked off. It was initially composed of the four nations – Australia, Great Britain, France, and New Zealand. Great Britain won the first Ruby League World Cup. Australia won in 1957 and Great Britain in 1960.

From the school playground to the Rugby World Cup, rugby continues to be one of the growing sports. Fan and lovers of the sport have grown. Players are viewed as sexual icons in many parts of the world. Players find themselves consumed with fans and milf sex as they become more and more popular. The amount of milf pics they receive is insane. The sport offers a truly unique and rewarding experience to everyone, from players to rugby sports lovers. It is a social sport that demands good sportsmanship, a social game that is filled with teamwork and camaraderie.