Monday, 26 September 2011


Rugby is a tough game play by gentleman. Rugby, a type of football game, taking its name from the English public preparatory school. Derived from soccer or association football, rugby in turn was the forerunner of American football. Kicking and dribbling with the foot are a part of rugby. However, continuous passing of the ball is its most characteristic feature. The game enjoys greatest popularity in Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and France.

Rugby developed through an infraction of the rules by a Rugby School boy, William Webb Ellis, during a soccer match in 1823. The ball-carrying play by Ellis spread to a number of other English public schools, and in 1839 student at Cambridge University gave it a trial during an intramural game, which they called "Rugby's game". By the 1860's two distinct types of football had developed- handling and nonhandling. In 1863 supporters of the nonhandling game formed the Football Association ( association football or soccer. In 1871, 21 amateur clubs established the Rugby Football Union and drew up the original laws of the game.

The amateur game is played with 15 men on each team and is called "Rugby Union". The professional game is called "Rugby League", and although it resembles the amateur game in many respects, there are difference in the laws or rules and only 13 players on a team. The object of the game is for each side to attempt to ground the ball beyond their oppenent's line and score the greater number of points within two 40-minute periods of play

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