Court and equipment The standard American basketball court is in the shape of a rectangle 50 feet There are various markings on the court, including a centre circle, free throw lanes, and a three-point line, that help regulate play. A goal, or basket, 18 inches 46 cm in diameter is suspended from a backboard at each end of the court.
All four teams are among the top ten in global rugby union. The Six Nations Championship played between the Home Nations, Italy and France is the premier international tournament in the northern hemisphere.
The Triple Crown is awarded to any of the Home Nations who beats the other three in that tournament. Games are also often played against the "Southern Hemisphere" quartet of South AfricaAustraliaNew Zealandand Argentina —as well as other rugby playing countries.
England won the Rugby World Cupthe first victory in the competition by a British team or, for that matter, any Northern Hemisphere countryand were runners-up to Australia in and South Africa in InWales achieved a best of third place and inScotland a best of fourth place.
Ireland has not progressed beyond the quarter finals. Rugby union is generally regarded as the national sport of Wales. England organises its own national league in Premiership Rugbywhich is launching the Premiership Rugby Cup in —19 to replace the former Anglo-Welsh Cupwhich had begun as an England-only competition but included Welsh teams from until its demise in The other Home Nations now have a single professional league, currently known as the Guinness Pro14that also includes teams from Italy and South Africa.
Attendances at club rugby in England have A brief outline of the game of basketball strongly since the sport went professional; by contrast, the professional era has had a traumatic effect on the traditional structure of club rugby in Wales, Scotland and Ireland.
There was some talk of the regions being redrawn, with the North being divided in two and the South being absorbed into the West and East regions, but two Italian sides instead took the vacated places, and still later the competition added two South African sides.
All of the home nations play in large, state-of-the-art venues. Twickenham in London, home to the England national team and the country's governing body, the Rugby Football Unioncurrently seats 82, making it the second-largest stadium in the country after Wembley.
Scotland's largest stadium, with a capacity of over 67, is Murrayfield in Edinburgh, home to the national team and the Scottish Rugby Union. Ireland currently play all their home matches in the Republic's capital of Dublin at Aviva Stadiumbuilt on the site of Irish rugby's historic home of Lansdowne Road.
As the sport's worldwide governing body, World Rugby, is based in Dublin and is heavily dominated by the Home Nations, there has never been a threat to the independence of each country's team and a joint team, known as the British and Irish Lionswill tour a Southern Hemisphere nation every four years.
The Lions games however do not compete in any major tournaments, and will play local clubs as well as the host nation's First XV. The four home nations also field national sevens teams. England, Scotland and Wales are all "core teams" that compete in all events of the annual World Rugby Sevens Series for men, and England have been a core team in the World Rugby Women's Sevens Series since the latter competition's creation in Ireland have not been as competitive in men's sevens, but the women's sevens team have had core status alongside England on two different occasions—first for the —14 seriesand most recently since the —16 series.
The United Kingdom currently hosts an event in each men's World Sevens Series in London ; the UK had also hosted a second event in Scotlandbut that event was removed from the schedule after the —15 series.
The —15 women's series saw the debut of a London eventbut that tournament did not return for — Rugby union returned to the Olympics in with sevens tournaments for both men and women; the Great Britain men's team won the silver medal, losing to Fiji in the final, and the women's team lost in the bronze medal match to Canada.
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