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.
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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