A ball-game akin to football, rugby
was a game played by ancient Greeks called episkuros. Rugby
is the third most popular sport in Australia, with its roots
dating back to 1864.
The Rugby union in Australia is
generally played at a professional as well as a recreational
level. It is both a professional and an amateur game.
game is dominated by first tier rugby unions of Argentina,
Australia, England, Fiji, France, Ireland, Italy, New
Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, and Wales.
Australia’s national rugby team is the
Wallabies. The team already won the Rugby World Cup twice,
in 1991 and in 1999. The Wallabies play in Australia's
time-honored sporting colors of green and gold.