Mike Schmid (Director of Rugby, Esher RFC) gives expert video advice on: How are the UK leagues organised?; What is The World Cup?; What is The Six Nations? and more...
How are the UK leagues organised?
The UK Rugby Leagues through the RFU are set in different divisions. The top division being the English Premiership and it scales down into National division Rugby, which is National Division 1, National Division 2, National Division 3, North and South, and then you move into more regional and county size as well.
What is The World Cup?
The World Cup is a tournament which happens every four years. It involves the best rugby playing nations in the world. Teams are put into four pools of five where they play a round robin tournament and then move forward into a quarter-final, semi-final and a final competing for the Webb Ellis Trophy.
What is The Six Nations?
The Six Nations is a tournament played every springtime involving Ireland, Scotland, Wales, England, France and Italy, played in a round robin format to determine a winner.
What is The Tri Nations?
The Tri Nations is a southern hemisphere tournament involving Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, played in a round-robin format to determine the winner.
What other major tournaments are there?
There are many major tournaments played within countries and across borders throughout the boundaries of Rugby Union. Two of the biggest would be, in the Northern Hemisphere the European Cup, and in the Southern Hemisphere the Super 14 Championship.