(To follow up a question from Tunescribe) There is a Rugby World Cup and it will be happening again next year. There are two codes of rugby (Rugby Union and Rugby League) and followers of Rugby League object strenuously to people who just refer to "rugby", meaning Rugby Union. Once upon a time, the difference was partly in the rules but mainly in the fact that Rugby Union was (fiercely) amateur, Rugby League professional. Now they are both professional and Rugby Union is more popular than League except in the north of England and Australia. From now on I'm talking about Union. (My personal opinion is that it is a much better game both to play and to watch.) There are two excellent international competitions. There is the Six Nations Championship, competed for every season by England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, France and Italy (Italy has only recently been added). This is a great competition with huge spectator support (drunken rugby weekends in Dublin, Edinburgh, Paris, Rome ... ) and a fair degree of unpredictability. In the Southern Hemisphere the Tri-Nations brings together the three great powerhouses: Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. Outside that, rugby is popular in Argentina (known for fierce scrummaging) Fiji, Samoa and Japan (though they have a serious problem given the lack of big tall guys). The trouble with the World Cup is that, since there aren't that many nations that play rugby to a serious level and it is very hard for an inferior side to beat a superior one, a lot of the matches are foregone conclusions. Realistically, there are only five nations that have a serious chance of winning the World Cup: the three Southern Hemisphere nations mentioned, France and England (England are the current holders but they have bombed in the last couple of years). Still, I'm looking forward to it a lot. Is it possible to watch rugby via American television? I would certainly like to be able to once I am in the U.S. (and once the football season has ended).