Rugby league football
is a full-contact sport played by two teams of thirteen players on a rectangular field
of the two codes of rugby, it originated in Northern England
in 1895 as a split from the Rugby Football
Union over the issue of payments to players. Its rules progressively changed with the aim of producing a faster, more entertaining game for spectators.
In rugby league, points are scored by carrying
the ball and touching it to the ground beyond the opposing team 's goal line; this is called a try , and is the primary method of scoring. The opposing team attempts to stop the attacking side scoring points by tackling the player carrying
the ball . In addition
to tries, points can be scored by kicking goals. After each try , the scoring team gains a free kick to try at goal with a conversion for further points. Kicks at goal may also be awarded for penalties, and field
goals can be attempted at any time .
Rugby league is a popular sport in Northern England
, the states of Queensland and New South Wales in Australia
, New Zealand , southwest France and is the national sport of Papua New Guinea . The European
Super League and the National Rugby League (NRL) are the premier club competitions.