Everyone that plays or simply just appreciates rugby knows it’s a beautiful sport. And one of the most rewarding experiences this game has to offer is witnessing someone fall in love with it for the very first time.
More of us may be lucky enough to witness this phenomenon on a massive scale as the United States is slowly, but surely, falling in love with rugby.
Below, we’ll go over 10 things you should know about rugby’s growth in the US.
Rugby: A worldwide phenomenon
While it may go unnoticed in some areas of the world, rugby has a global reach that is growing at an exponential rate. In 2016 alone, World Rugby reported that the number of rugby players rose from 4.91 million to 5.3 million.
Thanks to the re-incorporation of rugby in the last Summer Olympic Games, the sport has undergone a resurgence across the globe. A study by HSBC predicts that by 2020 there will be more than 10 million rugby players in the world.
10 things you should know about the growth of rugby in the US
While the US already has a variety of unconventional sports to choose from, rugby is becoming more and more popular.
Here are the top 10 reasons why rugby is growing so quickly in the United States, in reverse order.