Ticket information, latest scores, fixtures, results, videos, news, live streaming and event information. Rugby union, widely known simply as rugby, is a full contact team sport that originated in England in the first half of the 19th century. One of the two codes of rugby football, it is based on running with the ball in hand. The most common injuries are superficial facial injuries and muscle sprains. Knees suffer and shoulders receive a lot of long term damage. Rotator syndrome is common long term for Rugby players. Despite the game looking brutal, head injuries and concussions are not common compared to other contact sports.