Rugby is a popular form of football played with an oval shaped ball. The object of the game is similar to American football, which developed from rugby and soccer, but the ball can only be passed backwards between teammates. There are two main types of rugby football, which are usually referred to as rugby league and rugby union. However, there are also many other versions of the game with small differences in the rules. Continue reading to find out where this sport was developed.
Where did Rugby come from?
According to the legend rugby football originated at the Rugby School. This school, and sport, is named after the town of Rugby and is located in the county of Warwickshire in England. Many different types of football had been played in England since the 1400′s and in the 1800′s a popular version allowed handling of the ball, but didn’t permit running with the ball. It is thought that running with the ball became common at the Rugby school in the 1830′s and this version of football became popular across the United Kingdom. Interestingly, there were no set rules for the game for many years and the students often made up their own rules. The school came up with the first written rules for the sport in 1845 and many modern versions of the sport have developed from these rules.
Did you know?
A popular myth states that the first student to ran forwards with the ball was William Webb Ellis in 1823. However, this story first arose 4 years after his death and there are doubts about the accuracy of the story. He is featured in a statue at the school and the rugby union World Cup trophy is named after him.