A professional offshoot of the sport of Rugby Union long before Union went professional itself. Originally intended for the working class of Northern England who couldn't afford the Saturday off working in the mines, it somehow also took a root in Sydney Australia. Thanks to using some American style professional practices such as endlessly promoting the sport to adolescent mindset's and prostituting their clubrooms as gambling venues it's now the major code in the Australian State of New South Wales and the working class bogans of this state have spread the game with their migration to their northern neighbour in Queensland. Sadly the extent to the promotion of this sport has rendered many of its followers ignorant of not only the wider world, where Rugby still remains a fringe sport in its home nation England and amongst the absolute (and Australian imitating) refuse of New Zealand but they're completely isolated from the existing communities of Association Football, Australian Rules football and Rugby Union within their own states.
They really think that this now redundant game which the rest of mankind not immersed in finds; boring, low skilled, gauche, with stupid rules, for gutter trash, played by apes and like a strange version of Rugby more akin to professional wrestling is somehow important in the wider scheme of things. They really don't realize just what they're missing out on.
Typical New Zealander: Oh well, we can paint the house now, Sky sport's filling in with Rugby League for the rest of the day.