Just thought since League is wrapping up (Superleague in England and NRL in Australia) and Union (Premiership in England, URC in Europe and Africa, 6 Nations Internationals)
and with Canada being part of the Women's World cup this year it might be nice to see if there are other fans out there.
Since I have some ADHD like symptoms I have trouble making sure I don't miss stuff sometimes so It would be nice for people to post when where and how they are watching.
Most exciting stuff on now are the NRL finals. I have yet to watch the Bunnies/Panthers match because well.....football/hockey etc at the moment.
The Eel's - Cowboys quarter final was by far match of the year so far. Everyone in that one left it all on the field.
Never followed union, found it boring. Didn't even know the league existed until about 6 years ago when someone told me about the Wolfpack. Watched 5 minutes of it and I was hooked.
Usually watch the youtube highlights every weekend for both leagues.
Don't really have a favourite team in SuperLeague but would love to see Featherstone get in.
Cheer for Sharks down under. Started following them when I found out that Ricky Leutele played for them.
*and ruby has laws not rules....they are pretty simple but there are vat differences between the league and union game.
The womens worlds next month are Union rules, 13's I believe. The two big rules - the ball cannot go forward except off the feet and legs, and you have to be supporting your own weight on your feet to play at the ball.
The feet and legs part still is part of CFL rules....
Next month's World Cup includes Men, Women and Wheelchair divisions.
You're right, it is 13's which is Rugby League - Union is the 15-a-side code.
Your first big rule is correct, your second is not as you're getting mixed up with Union. In Rugby League there's no "ruck" (the staying on feet in fighting for the ball you mentioned), instead the ball is played backwards with the foot - imagine in (North American) football if the centre rolled the ball backwards to the QB who then picks it up, rather than directly snapping it into his hands.
Let me add a third big rule that is arguably the most distinct difference - in League the team can take 6 tackles before they either score or failing that, they turn the ball over.
Think of it in football terms as having 6 downs to go the length of the field, and those 6 are all you get - there's no "fresh set" unless your opponents commit a penalty.
Also, in Rugby League, you will 99.9% of the time, see that the scrum is completely static - there's no contesting or pushing as in Union.
Edited for a couple of typos but I thought of something off on a tangent...
The triple option style of the military academies shows an obvious Rugby influence with the option pitch passes, but have any Canadian teams ever played that way? I'd guess having one less down would limit its effectiveness in Canadian football?
You neglect to mention whether you prefer the wingers blazing down the sidelines or the 280lb prop forward who rumbles 10 metres then needs some recovery time and is known to attack the hotel's all you can eat buffet with as much ferocity as she does the opposing team...
I can only speculate...
Seeing as you have some exposure to Sevens, let me add something else.
There's no "special teams" in Rugby - the kicker will be on the field the whole game and have a specific position to play on top of kicking duties.
Just like the CFL, one kicker does all three jobs.
Just like in Sevens, you'll see the conversion (extra point equivalent, but It's worth 2) needs to be kicked from where the ball is GROUNDED rather than football-style right in front of the posts. This is why you'll see players, after they've "broken the plane" (so to speak) still keep possession and run towards the middle of the field before they ground the ball as this improves the angle.
Ground the ball right in the corner and your kicker needs to make the attempt from the sideline.
Finally, if you're wondering why the act of scoring is a "try", in the very earliest days of Rugby the only way to score points was to kick a goal, and the only way to get the opportunity was to get the ball in the endzone - achieving that didn't score any points by itself, but it earned you your "try" at attempting a goal.
When we played Rugby in school in late 60s, the objective was toofold. One, get the ball in the endzone to score points, then get the ball as close to the middle as possible while you score to make the kick easier. I dont know what is what in games these days, but I remember when we took the ball into the endzone, we had to be able to put it on the ground without being tackled to score.
What you were playing in school is standard rules, if the ball isn't grounded, you don't score. It's possible to be held up by opposition player(s) in the goal area, have the ball knocked out of your hands or...