Rugby Union: Or "rugger" as it is known in the champagne circles. This sport is merely pretraining for polo in later years. Almost exclusively played in non-state schools, fifteen potential doctors, lawyers, stockbrokers and corporate criminals rally around an oval, rucking the opposition. Rugby Union is the only union the players would ever associate themselves with.
- The Coodabeen Champions Take a Good Hard Look at Australia
Rugby football is a game I can't claim absolutely to understand in all its niceties, if you know what I mean. I can follow the broad, general principles, of course. I mean to say, I know that the main scheme is to work the ball down the field somehow and deposit it over the line at the other end, and that, in order to squelch this programme, each side is allowed a certain amount of assault and battery and do things to its fellow-man which, if done elsewhere, would result in fourteen days without the option, coupled with some strong remarks from the Bench.
- Bertie Wooster, The Ordeal of Young Tuppy
Football is 90 minutes of pretending you're hurt. Rugby is 80 minutes of pretending you aren't.