Definition of rugby union in English:

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rugby union


[mass noun]
A form of rugby played in teams of fifteen. Unlike rugby league, the game was originally strictly amateur, being opened to professionalism only in 1995.
Example sentences
  • We would not expect a football field to be used for rugby league, rugby union, basketball, cricket, soccer, tennis and lawn bowls.
  • At present work in West Yorkshire focuses on rugby league, rugby union, girls' football and athletics.
  • His parents said the Army was his life, along with his infectious enthusiasm for rugby union and Littleborough Rugby Union Club in particular.
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