I am an American who's recently discovered rugby. I am slowly learning the rules but I am really getting into it. However, I am not a fan of any particular team yet. I went to see my local team play, and they have a makeshift pitch in the park by my house. But boy, do they suck. I can't even pretend they'll get better one day like Bills fans do. Anyways, I have been catching games here and there when I can, but I long for a team I can call my own. Anybody have any suggestions? Also- why are there a multitude of leagues, and what's the difference?
In New Zealand we have the ITM Cup which is grassroots rugby where most players start.
We also have Super Rugby that has 5 provincial teams each from Australia, New Zealand & South Africa.
In the Northern Hemisphere there is the 6 Nations (Ireland, Scotland, Wales, England, France & Italy) & they also have the Heineken Cup which I guess is the rugby equivalent of the Champions League but someone from Europe could probably explain it better.
Assuming you are referring to rugby union, there are three major European Leagues:
The English Premiership The French Top 14 The Pro12 (includes teams from Scotland, Ireland, Wales and Italy)
The top teams from each league qualify for the Champions cup (formerly the Heineken Cup) played the following season which as described is basically the rugby version of the Champions League.
Rugby league is not particularly popular throughout continental Europe, and really not all that popular outside the North of England, with the English Super League the only major competition (although it does include French team the Catalan Dragons).
Post by DiBiase is Good on Oct 4, 2014 20:03:31 GMT -5
If you are looking for teams to follow, I suggest Bath. I've been a fan for as long as I can remember but only started supporting them when I saw Jeremy Guscott play for them and he's my all-time favourite player.
The 6 Nations is always fun, I think it's one of the best sporting competitions out there and it's always very competitive. Out of the 6 teams usually 4 have a chance of winning (no offence to Scotland or Italy but Italy have never won and Scotland haven't won since the 5 nations became 6 in 2000).
Nice guys, thanks for the suggestions and info. I watched SA and NZ play the other day, and that was a great game. I found this bar that plays rugby and (ahem) "soccer" games, and while I hate bars, they have a fantastic lamb stew...