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International Rugby Football Board - IRFB, now - IRB appeared in 1886. It consisted of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. In 1940, Australia, New Zeeland and South Africa joined it. In 1970, France joined. Nowadays IRB concludes about one hundred countries and their rugby union teams.
The Olympic debut of the rugby took place in 1900 in Paris. France rugby team won the first prize, the German team took the second one, and the British took the third one.
In 1908, the Australian rugby team was the winner. In 1904 and 1912 the Olympic Games didn't include the rugby. In 1920, the rugby team from the USA was the winner.
In 1924, during the Olympic Games in Paris the team from the USA became the winner again. After this, because of some reasons (one of them is the absence of the united international federation); the rugby disappeared from the Olympic program.
The situation began to change in 1990s. And in 1997, the rugby was admitted as an Olympic kind of sport. This is rugby union review in short.
There are some rugby union competitions. One of the biggest and the oldest rugby competitions is "The competition of six nations" (or it is usually called the International Competition or International Cup). It appeared in 1882. Firstly it concluded only teams from England and Wales. Later the teams from Ireland and Scotland joined them. And the competition was called as "the competition of four nations". In 1910, France became the fifth participator of this competition and when in 2000 Italy joined them the competition and got the modern name "The competition of six nations".
Sometimes it is very difficult to define a winner. For example, in 1973 all five teams-participators lost and won in two games during which they got equal quantity of the points and they were winners of this competition. Since 1994, in the case when the point quantity among two and more teams one begins to count the general difference between missed and kicked balls and the result of the meeting between two teams.
The team from England won most of all the teams. The team which wins all the matches of the competition gets "A Grand Slam".
Other annual popular competitions which have existed since 1996 are "The competition of three countries". It includes the team from Australia, Republic of South Africa and New Zealand.
In 1986, in Australia the congress of international rugby federations took place and it made a decision to carry the World Cup among the national teams. The first winner was the rugby team from New Zeeland, in 1991 and 1999 the team from Australia became the first. Also for the last one hundred years a "Test series" have been carried out. The first game was between teams from New Zeeland and Australia in 1894.
Thus, International Rugby Football Board appeared in 1886. Today it consists of one hundred countries. One can find rugby union review everywhere. Much rugby union review information is available at the sport sites. There are some rugby union competitions, which are very popular and prestigious. For example, there is "The competition of six nations", "The competition of three countries", and the Rugby World Cup.