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Rugby League is a ball sport. Two teams of thirteen players play against each other. The ball used is oval in shape. The field is a rectangle shape. It is 100 metres long and 70 metres wide. It is played for 80 minutes (40 minutes aside).
A try is scored when a player scores or touches the ball down in the in-goal area. A try is worth 4 points and if its converted (the goal kicker kicks the ball in between the top of the goal post), the team gets an extra 2 points. Another method of scoring points is through drop goals which are worth 1 point, or penalty goals which are worth 2 points. The countries that play it the most are Australia, Ireland*, England*, Fiji, France, Great Britain*, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Russia, Samoa, Scotland*, Lebanon, Tonga and Wales*.
- note Great Britain (the "British Lions" team) broke up at the beginning of the 2008 season into England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales and all be able to be granted full membership into the top tier.
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rugby league is an active sport played by 13 people