I noticed this while reading Steve Mascord's set of six article. It is worth remembering. If it wasn't for a bunch of guys in the North of England deciding they didn't like losing wages from playing missing work to play the game. We wouldn't have the game that evolved into Rugby League. Thank You. Happy Rugby League Day Happy Birthday, rugby league. It was on August 29, in 1895 that 20 clubs voted to split from rugby union and form their own competition. Set of Six has always found it curious that a huge majority of fans in Australia – and many in England – are completely unaware of the anniversary. Rugby league has always been too busy living hand-to-mouth to properly celebrate its history. The game has unity in the face of personal misfortune, as shown by bodies such as Men of League and RL Cares, but remains divided in so many other ways. As if to symbolise this, the game's birthplace – the George Hotel in Huddersfield – remains boarded up awaiting new tenants. Link has been hidden. Please Register to view.