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Video Wonder: Underwater Rugby

How do you play rugby in a pool? Like this.

Ever watch a rugby game and think, “This is quite entertaining, but I wish things were wetter and more chaotic”? Underwater rugby is for you.

At the University of New South Wales in Sydney, male and female members of Underwater Rugby Club wear flippers and snorkels and pass a ball back and forth while submerged in a pool. They score in designated baskets and wrestle each other while holding their breath.

But this isn’t simply an Aussie innovation. Underwater rugby (UWR) was actually invented in Germany back in 1961 and shares little in common with regular rugby. The most recent world championship featured 13 countries, with Norway claiming gold for women and Germany for men. 

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