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Rugby has two similar versions which are played, known as rugby union and rugby league.
Geography of the rugby versions
Rugby union is the most internationally visible and popular in southern England, South Africa, Wales, Scotland, Ireland and northern France.
By comparison rugby league is particularly popular in northern England, eastern Australia, south Auckland, and southwest France.
Rugby league is played with two fewer players, tries receive one fewer points, and sides are limited to only six ball possessions, after which they must kick the ball away.
How to show the two versions of rugby on OSM
There was previously a disagreement about how to classify rugby on OpenStreetMap, but a consensus has since emerged.
This is because most map users will only be interested in the wider type of sport played, e.g. rugby, football, American football, cricket, etc.
Only those with a knowledge of rugby will be interested in which specific rules of the game are followed. This can be found by looking at the full list of tags.
Previous tagging methods
It also helps in cases where users do not know the version of rugby played, and helps avoid wrongly mapping the version of rugby played.
For naming purposes, most clubs are referred to using acronyms such as F.C., R.F.C., A.F.C., or so on. For search purposes, it is advisable to use the acronym for efficiency, but one should omit the punctuation, and instead use FC, RFC, AFC, etc.
Despite the two different pitch sizes since the removal restrictions on professionalism by the RFU in 1995, it has been possible for clubs to share facilities including pitches. If you are unsure which version of rugby is played, follow the standard guidelines and tag as sport=rugby. A user with local knowledge can then come along and provide specific input as to whether the location uses sport=rugby_union, sport=rugby_league, or both.