By: Mike Lee COMM107 Section 2301 4/14/2010 Mike Lee Informative Brief
It takes leather balls to play rugby.
Brief History 1823 - William Webb Ellis picks up soccer ball (SportsKnowHow.com) Rugby Union rules formalized in1871 (General History of Rugby) The Rugby World Cup trophy is named after Webb Ellis. Rugby divided itself into two versions of the game in 1895: Rugby League - Professional Rugby Union – Amateur until 1995 (General History of Rugby) Rugby would later evolve into American Football. (Yale)
The Game The object of the game is to score the most points, either by kicking field goals or scoring tries. It is a contact sport. “Continuous Play,” no set downs. No pads or protective equipment besides a mouth piece. There is no blocking. Only laterals, or backwards passes.
Positions Position Titles Loose-head Prop Hooker Tight-head Prop Lock Lock Blindside Flanker Openside Flanker 8-Man Scrumhalf Flyhalf Winger Inside Centre Outside Centre Winger Fullback (Beginner’s Rugby Guide)
Summer Olympics 2016 will include Rugby Union 7’s
(a variation of Rugby Union). (Golf, Rugby)
Rugby has been in 4 Olympics, USA winning the Gold Medal twice (Rugby at the Olympics)
Rugby World Cup:
1987 – New Zealand
1991 – Australia
1995 – South Africa
1999 – Australia
2003 – England
2007 – South Africa
Super 14- South Africa, New Zealand, &Australia.
Tri-Nations - Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Argentina will join in 2012.
Six-Nations - England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, and Wales.
“Rugby is great. The players don’t wear helmets or padding; they just beat the living daylights out of each other and then go for a beer. I love that.” -Joe TheismannAmerican football player Former Redskin Superbowl Champion
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