Rugby League was an offshoot from Rugby Union by players who felt that they should be paid in the same way as players in the British Football (soccer) Association. The Rugby League was formed in 1895.

Initially, the rules of Rugby League were the same as those for Rugby Union but, almost immediately, the administrators of the game began making changes to make the game a better spectator sport.

Rugby League is played on a large scale only in England, France, New Zealand and Australia and is more popular than Rugby Union only in Australia.

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