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19th Mar '16 10:11:42 PM KYCubbie
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* The '''Six Nations Championship''' — Europe's premier national competition, currently involving the Northern Hemisphere's six top teams—England, France, Ireland,[[note]]Unlike football, in which the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland field separate national teams, the entire island has a single national team and governing body in rugby union.[[/note]] Italy, Scotland, and Wales. The event grew out of a competition informally known as the Home Nations Championship, involving the British and Irish sides only and launched in 1883. France joined in 1910, creating the Five Nations, but were kicked out after the 1931 edition. They were invited back after the 1939 edition, but World War II ended international rugby in Europe until 1947. The competition became the Six Nations with Italy's entry in 2000. England have clinched the 2016 championship with a round to spare and in the final match, completed the Grand Slam - done by defeating all 5 other teams. The bottom team gets the so-called 'wooden spoon', a tradition that goes back to the 1890's, if not before. These days it's usually held by [[ButtMonkey Italy]], but both Wales and France have held it before (once each) and it used to regularly be held by Scotland, leading to the mocking song sung by English fans, 'O spoon of Scotland...'

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* The '''Six Nations Championship''' — Europe's premier national competition, currently involving the Northern Hemisphere's six top teams—England, France, Ireland,[[note]]Unlike football, in which the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland field separate national teams, the entire island has a single national team and governing body in rugby union.[[/note]] Italy, Scotland, and Wales. The event grew out of a competition informally known as the Home Nations Championship, involving the British and Irish sides only and launched in 1883. France joined in 1910, creating the Five Nations, but were kicked out after the 1931 edition. They were invited back after the 1939 edition, but World War II ended international rugby in Europe until 1947. The competition became the Six Nations with Italy's entry in 2000. England have clinched the 2016 championship with a round to spare and in the their final match, match completed the Grand Slam - done by defeating all 5 other teams. The bottom team gets the so-called 'wooden spoon', a tradition that goes back to the 1890's, if not before. These days it's usually held by [[ButtMonkey Italy]], but both Wales and France have held it before (once each) and it used to regularly be held by Scotland, leading to the mocking song sung by English fans, 'O spoon of Scotland...'
19th Mar '16 5:10:17 PM DarkPhoenix94
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The differences from RugbyLeague (the football code based on it) are mostly subtle to outsiders. Union has 15-player teams; League has 13-player teams. Union is traditionally the gentlemen's game (though it can be played by women); League is the working-class game. This distinction is only (if ever) true for certain regions (and the accusation is commonly used by League fans as an insult), and averted in Wales and New Zealand among other places. However, in England at least, it holds true at International level. In 2013, 12 of the 24 members of the England squad were privately educated, while 12 were state educated (while one player, Ben Foden, managed to be both). Only 7% of the entire British population is privately educated. By contrast, 6 of the 33 man Rugby League Squad were privately educated. This is still disproportionate, but less obviously so.

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The differences from RugbyLeague (the football code based on it) are mostly subtle to outsiders. Union has 15-player teams; League has 13-player teams. Union is traditionally the gentlemen's game (though it can be played by women); League is the working-class game. This distinction is only (if ever) true for certain regions (and the accusation is commonly used by League fans as an insult), and averted in Wales and New Zealand among other places. However, in England at least, it holds true at International level. In 2013, 12 of the 24 members of the England squad were privately educated, while 12 were state educated (while one player, Ben Foden, managed to be both). Only 7% of the entire British population is privately educated. By contrast, 6 of the 33 man Rugby League Squad were privately educated. This is still disproportionate, but less obviously so.
so. Players can and do cross codes from one to the other (usually from League to Union) and some, like legendary England winger Jason Robinson are very successful. Others, not so much.
19th Mar '16 5:02:53 PM DarkPhoenix94
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You fall to the ground, and release the ball.\\
Your mates run in and play stacks on.\\
The other team runs in and plays stacks on.\\
This is called a "ruck".\\

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* You fall to the ground, and release the ball.\\
* Your mates run in and play stacks on.\\
* The other team runs in and plays stacks on.\\
* This is called a "ruck".\\



a) Throw the ball around and run fast. This looks cool. You can score lots of points, but it is risky. If you're not skillful enough, you'll get a neat impact crater in your sternum from someone else's shoulder. Like playing Spread Offense in the NFL.\\
b) Run the ball up the gut with your forwards (fat guys). Not so entertaining, but it works.\\

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a) Throw the ball around and run fast. This looks cool. You can score lots of points, but it is risky. If you're not skillful skilful enough, you'll get a neat impact crater in your sternum from someone else's shoulder. Like playing Spread Offense Offence in the NFL.\\
b) Run the ball up the gut with your forwards (fat guys).(traditionally, the fat guys. Nowadays, they generally look like they could eat a power lifter alive and run fast enough to catch them). Not so entertaining, but it works.\\



The differences between both versions of Rugby and UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball are much greater: players wear no body armour, and play continues without interruption and time-outs for much longer. Also, no forward passing under any circumstances, you're not allowed to tackle someone not holding the ball and to get the points for a try (think touchdown) you must be holding onto the ball when it is placed onto the ground. (There have been numerous instances of players forgetting about this and [[WhatAnIdiot spiking the ball]].) This applies to both codes.

It is also one of the few sports that the English can claim to be genuine world beaters at, with their making appearances in three out of seven finals and winning it once, with ''that'' famous drop goal from Jonny Wilkinson in 2003. The England rugby team is renowned both for the poshness of the players as mentioned above and for the sheer power of the forward pack (think linemen and linebackers). Whatever state the rest of the team is in, the England Scrum is generally a thing to be feared.

Also one of several proofs of the non-wussiness of the [[CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys French]], who love the sport and on their day, dominate, challenging the likes of the All Blacks. Interestingly, it surpasses even (association) football in popularity in the southern part of the country (particularly the ''[[DepartementalIssues région]]'' of Midi-Pyrénées, which despite being cobbled together from disparate provinces to create a ''région'' for Toulouse to call its own has developed a strong identity around rugby).

The Italians, meanwhile, were until recently the ButtMonkey of Europe, with each of the other teams in the Six Nations regarding their match against Italy as a chance to rack up points and have a bit of fun. However, after years of pushing and patiently developing a formidable forward pack, they finally beat Scotland in 2015 and ran (an admittedly very off-form) Wales close in a World Cup warm-up match later that year.

In Wales and New Zealand, it is something close to a national religion, with both nations dominating their regions [[note]]or at least, in the case of the Welsh, when they get their act together. When that happens, they go through every other team in the Northern Hemisphere like a hot knife through butter. When they don't... not so much[[/note]] despite their relatively minuscule populations. New Zealand extend this dominance worldwide, and the All Blacks have long since developed a global reputation for invincibility which is only rarely challenged, to the point where it is considered a major achievement for one of the Northern Hemisphere superpowers (England, France, Ireland and Wales) to even run the All Blacks close: France have won the most encounters with New Zealand with 12 from 55. England have won 7 from 40, Wales 3 from 30 (and they haven't won since 1963...) and Ireland have never won one at all.

The Southern Hemisphere teams tend to have nicknames: South Africa are known as the Springboks, Australia as the Wallabies, Argentina as the Pumas and New Zealand, most famously, as the All Blacks. The Northern Hemisphere teams, however, don't, save for the French team called Les Bleus, and the Italians, the Azzurri (confusingly, both teams' names translate to "the blues", though for entirely unconnected reasons). Note that the ''official'' symbol of the All Blacks is a silver fern, while Les Bleus are supposedly designated by a Rooster. However, all the British teams are commonly associated with a flower - a red rose for England, a leek for Wales, a thistle for Scotland and a shamrock for Ireland.

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The differences between both versions of Rugby and UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball are much greater: players wear no body armour, and play continues without interruption and time-outs for much longer. Also, no forward passing under any circumstances, you're not allowed to tackle someone not holding the ball and to get the points for a try (think touchdown) you must be holding onto the ball when it is placed onto the ground. (There have been numerous instances of players forgetting about this and [[WhatAnIdiot spiking the ball]].) This applies to both codes.

codes, which tend to share a disdain for the perceived softness of American Football and delight in mocking it to that end. [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Rupert Giles]] sums it up by saying, with a hint of mockery, "I just think it's rather odd that a nation that prides itself on its virility should feel compelled to strap on forty pounds of protective gear just in order to play rugby." However, things aren't quite that simple - a good rule of thumb is that Rugby has almost no protective gear and fairly strict rules about what you can do to people, and American Football has a lot of protective gear and almost no rules about what you can do to people.

It is also one of the few sports that the English can claim to be genuine world beaters at, with their making appearances in three out of seven finals and winning it once, with ''that'' famous drop goal from Jonny Wilkinson in 2003. The England rugby team is renowned both for the poshness of the players players, as mentioned above above, and for the sheer power of the forward pack (think linemen and linebackers). Whatever state the rest of the team is in, the England Scrum is generally a thing to be feared.

feared. That said, they do still sometimes prove that they are very much an English sports team with a redefinition of EpicFail - specifically, failing to get out of the group stage of the 2015 World Cup, ''[[UpToEleven which they were hosting]].'' Admittedly, this was thanks to there being only two spots to get out of the group and that group included superpowers Wales and Australia and potential wild cards Fiji. However, with Wales racked by injuries and distinctly off-form going into the tournament, England were expected to comfortably progress. Not so much - Wales came back despite losing about half their team to injury (some were carried off on stretchers...) to pull off a last minute win. That said, a change of head coach worked wonders and England responded by winning the Grand Slam at the 2016 Six Nations.

Also one of several proofs of the non-wussiness of the [[CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys French]], who love the sport and on their day, dominate, challenging the likes of the All Blacks. Interestingly, it surpasses even (association) football in popularity in the southern part of the country (particularly the ''[[DepartementalIssues région]]'' of Midi-Pyrénées, which despite being cobbled together from disparate provinces to create a ''région'' for Toulouse to call its own has developed a strong identity around rugby).

rugby). Naturally, matches between England and France are quite violent even by rugby standards, though these matches are eclipsed by the England/Scotland match.

The Italians, meanwhile, were until recently the ButtMonkey of Europe, with each of the other teams in the Six Nations regarding their match against Italy as a chance to rack up points and have a bit of fun. However, after years of pushing and patiently developing a formidable forward pack, they finally beat Scotland in 2015 and ran (an admittedly very off-form) Wales close in a World Cup warm-up match later that year.

year. That said, even their own players admit that they lack strength in depth and in the last two years of the Six Nations, the Welsh have beaten them by an aggregate score of 128-35.

In Wales and New Zealand, it is something close to a national religion, with both nations dominating their regions [[note]]or at least, in the case of the Welsh, when they get their act together. When that happens, they go through every other team in the Northern Hemisphere like a hot knife through butter. When they don't... not so much[[/note]] much, though they still aren't pushovers[[/note]] despite their relatively minuscule populations.populations. Wales are perennial favourites for the Six Nations title (though in a good year, there are at least four serious challengers for the title) and completed the Grand Slam, defeating all five other teams, three times in seven years (2005, 2008, 2012). New Zealand extend this dominance worldwide, and the All Blacks have long since developed a global reputation for invincibility which is only rarely challenged, to the point where it is considered a major achievement for one of the Northern Hemisphere superpowers (England, France, Ireland and Wales) to even run the All Blacks close: France have won the most encounters with New Zealand with 12 from 55. England have won 7 from 40, Wales 3 from 30 (and they haven't won since 1963...) and Ireland have never won one at all.

The Southern Hemisphere teams tend to have nicknames: South Africa are known as the Springboks, Australia as the Wallabies, Argentina as the Pumas and New Zealand, most famously, as the All Blacks. The Northern Hemisphere teams, however, don't, save for the French team called Les Bleus, and the Italians, the Azzurri (confusingly, both teams' names translate to "the blues", though for entirely unconnected reasons). Note that the ''official'' symbol of the All Blacks is a silver fern, while Les Bleus are supposedly designated by a Rooster. However, all the British teams are commonly associated with a flower - a red rose for England, a leek leek/daffodil for Wales, a thistle for Scotland and a shamrock for Ireland.



* The '''Six Nations Championship''' — Europe's premier national competition, currently involving the Northern Hemisphere's six top teams—England, France, Ireland,[[note]]Unlike football, in which the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland field separate national teams, the entire island has a single national team and governing body in rugby union[[/note]] Italy, Scotland, and Wales. The event grew out of a competition informally known as the Home Nations Championship, involving the British and Irish sides only and launched in 1883. France joined in 1910, creating the Five Nations, but were kicked out after the 1931 edition. They were invited back after the 1939 edition, but World War II ended international rugby in Europe until 1947. The competition became the Six Nations with Italy's entry in 2000. England have clinched the 2016 championship with a round to spare.

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* The '''Six Nations Championship''' — Europe's premier national competition, currently involving the Northern Hemisphere's six top teams—England, France, Ireland,[[note]]Unlike football, in which the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland field separate national teams, the entire island has a single national team and governing body in rugby union[[/note]] union.[[/note]] Italy, Scotland, and Wales. The event grew out of a competition informally known as the Home Nations Championship, involving the British and Irish sides only and launched in 1883. France joined in 1910, creating the Five Nations, but were kicked out after the 1931 edition. They were invited back after the 1939 edition, but World War II ended international rugby in Europe until 1947. The competition became the Six Nations with Italy's entry in 2000. England have clinched the 2016 championship with a round to spare.spare and in the final match, completed the Grand Slam - done by defeating all 5 other teams. The bottom team gets the so-called 'wooden spoon', a tradition that goes back to the 1890's, if not before. These days it's usually held by [[ButtMonkey Italy]], but both Wales and France have held it before (once each) and it used to regularly be held by Scotland, leading to the mocking song sung by English fans, 'O spoon of Scotland...'
13th Mar '16 7:03:41 PM KYCubbie
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* The '''Six Nations Championship''' — Europe's premier national competition, currently involving the Northern Hemisphere's six top teams—England, France, Ireland,[[note]]Unlike football, in which the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland field separate national teams, the entire island has a single national team and governing body in rugby union[[/note]] Italy, Scotland, and Wales. The event grew out of a competition informally known as the Home Nations Championship, involving the British and Irish sides only and launched in 1883. France joined in 1910, creating the Five Nations, but were kicked out after the 1931 edition. They were invited back after the 1939 edition, but World War II ended international rugby in Europe until 1947. The competition became the Six Nations with Italy's entry in 2000. Ireland are the reigning champions, winning in 2015.

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* The '''Six Nations Championship''' — Europe's premier national competition, currently involving the Northern Hemisphere's six top teams—England, France, Ireland,[[note]]Unlike football, in which the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland field separate national teams, the entire island has a single national team and governing body in rugby union[[/note]] Italy, Scotland, and Wales. The event grew out of a competition informally known as the Home Nations Championship, involving the British and Irish sides only and launched in 1883. France joined in 1910, creating the Five Nations, but were kicked out after the 1931 edition. They were invited back after the 1939 edition, but World War II ended international rugby in Europe until 1947. The competition became the Six Nations with Italy's entry in 2000. Ireland are England have clinched the reigning champions, winning in 2015.2016 championship with a round to spare.
5th Mar '16 11:35:30 PM KYCubbie
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* '''World Rugby Sevens Series'''[[note]]Per corporate naming, called the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series[[/note]] — An annual series of tournaments for national sevens teams conducted since 1999–2000. In the upcoming 2015–16 season, there will be 10 stops on the tour, up from nine in 2014–15: Dubai, South Africa (Cape Town), Australia (Sydney), New Zealand (Wellington), Canada (Vancouver), the USA (Las Vegas), Singapore, Hong Kong, France (Paris), and England (London). Each tournament except for Hong Kong involves 16 teams competing for four distinct trophies, plus points toward the overall series championship. Fifteen of these teams are "core teams" that compete in each event during a given season. The Hong Kong event incorporates a separate 12-team tournament that, since the 2013–14 season, has been used for core team qualification for the following season. The winner of this tournament is assured a core team place in the next season, replacing the core team that finished with the fewest points at the end of the series. Fiji are the reigning champions, but New Zealand have dominated this series, winning 12 times in all.

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* '''World Rugby Sevens Series'''[[note]]Per corporate naming, called the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series[[/note]] — An annual series of tournaments for national sevens teams conducted since 1999–2000. In the upcoming current 2015–16 season, there will be 10 stops on the tour, tour has 10 stops, up from nine in 2014–15: Dubai, South Africa (Cape Town), Australia (Sydney), New Zealand (Wellington), Canada (Vancouver), the USA (Las Vegas), Singapore, Hong Kong, France (Paris), and England (London). Each tournament except for Hong Kong involves 16 teams competing for four distinct trophies, plus points toward the overall series championship. Fifteen of these teams are "core teams" that compete in each event during a given season. The Hong Kong event incorporates a separate 12-team tournament that, since the 2013–14 season, has been used for core team qualification for the following season. The winner of this tournament is assured a core team place in the next season, replacing the core team that finished with the fewest points at the end of the series. Fiji are the reigning champions, but New Zealand have dominated this series, winning 12 times in all.
5th Mar '16 11:34:31 PM KYCubbie
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* '''The Rugby Championship''' — Created as the Tri Nations Series in 1996, shortly after the sport became professional, and initially involving South Africa, New Zealand, and Australia (the governing body of the competition, SANZAR, is a joint venture of the three nations' rugby governing bodies). In 2012, Argentina was invited to join and the competition adopted its current name. Australia are the reigning champions, having won an abbreviated tournament in the World Cup year of 2015.[[note]]Normally, each team plays the others home and away. In World Cup years, each team only plays the others once.[[/note]]

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* '''The Rugby Championship''' — Created as the Tri Nations Series in 1996, shortly after the sport became professional, and initially involving South Africa, New Zealand, and Australia (the governing body of the competition, SANZAR, is a joint venture of the three nations' rugby governing bodies).Australia. In 2012, Argentina was invited to join and the competition adopted its current name. The governing body is SANZAAR, a joint venture between the governing bodies of the participating countries (originally SANZAR until Argentina became a full member in 2016). Australia are the reigning champions, having won an abbreviated tournament in the World Cup year of 2015.[[note]]Normally, each team plays the others home and away. In World Cup years, each team only plays the others once.[[/note]]



* '''The Lions Tour''' - a quadrennial tour by the British and Irish Lions (generally abbreviated to simply 'the Lions'), a squad composed of the best players in the British Isles, of one the three Southern Hemisphere nations. Traditionally, the Lions play several warm-up games against provincial sides or top club teams before taking on the national team in three matches. The results are generally fairly even, with the last two tours (of South Africa and Australia respectively) in 2009 and 2013 both ending with a series score of 2-1 in the winning team's favour. The Lions won the last tour, with the first two test matches being extremely close (23-21 to the Lions and 16-15 to Australia), before the Lions handed out a crushing 41-16 defeat to the Wallabies.

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* '''The Lions Tour''' - a quadrennial tour by the British and Irish Lions (generally abbreviated to simply 'the Lions'), a squad composed of the best players in the British Isles, of one of the three traditional Southern Hemisphere nations.nations (i.e., not counting Argentina). Traditionally, the Lions play several warm-up games against provincial sides or top club teams before taking on the national team in three matches. The results are generally fairly even, with the last two tours (of South Africa and Australia respectively) in 2009 and 2013 both ending with a series score of 2-1 in the winning team's favour. The Lions won the last tour, with the first two test matches being extremely close (23-21 to the Lions and 16-15 to Australia), before the Lions handed out a crushing 41-16 defeat to the Wallabies.
6th Jan '16 3:30:16 AM Chuckles
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The Southern Hemisphere teams tend to have nicknames: South Africa are known as the Springboks, Australia as the Wallabies, Argentina as the Pumas and New Zealand, most famously, as the All Blacks. The Northern Hemisphere teams, however, don't, save for the French team called Les Bleus. Note that the ''official'' symbol of the All Blacks is a silver fern, while Les Bleus are supposedly designated by a Rooster. However, all the British teams are commonly associated with a flower - a red rose for England, a leek for Wales, a thistle for Scotland and a shamrock for Ireland.

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The Southern Hemisphere teams tend to have nicknames: South Africa are known as the Springboks, Australia as the Wallabies, Argentina as the Pumas and New Zealand, most famously, as the All Blacks. The Northern Hemisphere teams, however, don't, save for the French team called Les Bleus.Bleus, and the Italians, the Azzurri (confusingly, both teams' names translate to "the blues", though for entirely unconnected reasons). Note that the ''official'' symbol of the All Blacks is a silver fern, while Les Bleus are supposedly designated by a Rooster. However, all the British teams are commonly associated with a flower - a red rose for England, a leek for Wales, a thistle for Scotland and a shamrock for Ireland.
31st Oct '15 11:25:47 PM KYCubbie
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* The '''Rugby World Cup''' — Held every four years in the year before the Summer Olympics, this is the sport's highest prize for national teams. The victors receive the Webb Ellis Trophy, named for William Webb Ellis, apocryphally credited with creating the game. New Zealand are the current holders of the trophy, having won it at home in 2011. The 2015 World Cup is being hosted by England as we speak, with a few matches taken across the border to Cardiff in Wales. Japan will host in 2019.

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* The '''Rugby World Cup''' — Held every four years in the year before the Summer Olympics, this is the sport's highest prize for national teams. The victors receive the Webb Ellis Trophy, named for William Webb Ellis, apocryphally credited with creating the game. New Zealand are the current holders of the trophy, having won it at home in 2011. 2011 and in England in 2015. The 2015 next World Cup is being Cup, in 2019, will be hosted by England as we speak, with a few matches taken across the border to Cardiff in Wales. Japan will host in 2019.Japan.
27th Sep '15 8:01:13 AM Julep
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The Southern Hemisphere teams tend to have nicknames: South Africa are known as the Springboks, Australia as the Wallabies and New Zealand, most famously, as the All Blacks. The Northern Hemisphere teams, however, don't (or if they do, such as Les Bleus for France, it's not used much). No one's quite sure why.

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The Southern Hemisphere teams tend to have nicknames: South Africa are known as the Springboks, Australia as the Wallabies Wallabies, Argentina as the Pumas and New Zealand, most famously, as the All Blacks. The Northern Hemisphere teams, however, don't (or if they do, such as don't, save for the French team called Les Bleus. Note that the ''official'' symbol of the All Blacks is a silver fern, while Les Bleus are supposedly designated by a Rooster. However, all the British teams are commonly associated with a flower - a red rose for France, it's not used much). No one's quite sure why.
England, a leek for Wales, a thistle for Scotland and a shamrock for Ireland.
25th Sep '15 12:08:01 AM KYCubbie
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* The '''Rugby World Cup''' — Held every four years in the year before the Summer Olympics, this is the sport's highest prize for national teams. The victors receive the Webb Ellis Trophy, named for William Webb Ellis, apocryphally credited with creating the game. New Zealand are the current holders of the trophy, having won it at home in 2011. The next World Cup will be hosted by England in 2015, with a few matches taken across the border to Cardiff in Wales. Japan will host in 2019.

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* The '''Rugby World Cup''' — Held every four years in the year before the Summer Olympics, this is the sport's highest prize for national teams. The victors receive the Webb Ellis Trophy, named for William Webb Ellis, apocryphally credited with creating the game. New Zealand are the current holders of the trophy, having won it at home in 2011. The next 2015 World Cup will be is being hosted by England in 2015, as we speak, with a few matches taken across the border to Cardiff in Wales. Japan will host in 2019.
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