Rugby grows in popularity in U.S., Rockford


There are still reports surfacing every year (for the past decade or so) that say that rugby is the fastest growing sport in the country. According to a recent study done by Sports and Fitness Industry Association, 1.6 million people played rugby at least once last year, which is almost twice as many if you go back as far as 2012. The number of people who played at least eight times has risen 45 percent over the same period.

That’s more than any other sport.

The growth spurt reached the professional level when 2018 was the Major League Rugby’s inaugural season, and The Rugby World Cup Sevens were held in San Francisco at AT&T Park over the summer, where nearly 100,000 spectators enjoyed the action.



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