When it comes to rugby, there have been many different offshoots and variants of the game which people have played. This includes the Rugby 8’s, a popular option which has been performed. We’re going to be looking at the rich and exciting history of this particular sport, and how it has developed and progressed to the version which is played today.
So, when did Rugby 8 first come into existence?
Despite being a relatively recent sport, Rugby 8 has a very popular following, and it’s own set of rules and regulations. It was introduced in 2015 and was devised to follow on from the end of the regular home-and-away fixtures that took place in the Super League, then the Championship and also League One. The teams are then divided up into smaller groups of 8, which is determined by their position they managed to finish in on the league table. From there, all teams then play an additional fixture, which sees them play it out against each one of the seven other teams in the system, and these victories and losses will determine their final standings in the game.
As we previously said, the entire system is very young, with this being the third year that it’s being played. However, the beginning of the system was not a good one, as it was opposed heavily by both players of the game and supporters of it, who felt that it was undue pressure put on the players, and almost cancelled out any and all hard work which was put in during the original competitions, and instead means that their placements in the final tournaments were dependent solely upon their wins and losses in those last matches. The games are played across a variety of different divisions, with all three of the current professional divisions playing host to the system. The system is set up in such a way that ensures everyone will play at least one game, and everyone will get a week not to play and recharge.
Overall, the history behind the Rugby 8’s is an interesting concept, and it did alter a lot of the structure and importance of each game that was played in any of the big tournaments. A lot of people were opposed to the idea at first and felt that it distracts from the original game. Players work hard to reach their positions within each division, and then they find out that they then have to play an all-new game and try and reach the top of that too. For a lot of people, this devalues the effort expended upon the games, to begin with, and means that players who have worn themselves out playing the entire season then have to try again and strive for the very top of this set of games too. However, despite the objections which people have, the system is set to take place next year and shows no signs of being retired or put away, which suggests that there’s even more of a history to come.