Legend has it that it all started in 1823 when a young player, William Webb Ellis, from Rugby School in England picked up the ball and ran with it towards the opposition’s goal line. It has then evolved into one of the most popular and greatest team sports in the world.
In 1858, Adrian van der Byl, who was recognized as one of the best footballers on the field, moved to Edinburgh and attended in Merchiston School. He captained the school in what was probably the first ever inter-schools match, against Edinburgh’s Royal High School, and then against Edinburgh Academy later in the year.
Enthusiasm for rugby slowly spilled out of the schools and universities. Several adult rugby clubs were formed, most notably in Liverpool in 1857 and in Blackheath in 1858. Berkshire adopted the game in 1860. As the sport expanded, its rules began to be amended and altered according to the needs of schools and adult clubs.
As various different rules led to glitches and a necessary solution had to be done to answer the problem, 11 London-based clubs held a meeting in October 1863 and discussed the formation of the Football Association. It aimed to draw up a common set of rules that could be played by all footballers.
However, it was not that simple. Numerous injuries caused by hacking and several incidents of abdominal injuries resulted to public condemnations. The Football Association had to face the challenge and had to put rugby in order. In 1870, the Football Association organised two international games between England and Scotland, and to organise an international match, a governing body was required.
That same year, Blackheath secretary Benjamin Burns and his counterpart Edwin Ash published a letter that some fixed code of rules should be adopted by all clubs. There should be ground rules in order not to result in confusion and disputes. The two hoped that all clubs will join them in framing a code of rules.
On January 26, 1871, after six long meetings to reach an agreement, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) was founded. Their goal was to frame a code of football based upon the Rugby system of play. The 32 delegates representing 21 clubs appointed a sub-committee to draw up the “Laws of the Game.”
In 1889, the Rugby Football Union began a new county championship tournament and by the early 1890s, the England side, reliant on northern players, did the Grand Slam to win the Home Nations Championship. The team also defeated Scotland in the final match.
In 1895, leading northern clubs decided to leave the Rugby Football Union after they were banned from receiving payment for missed work when they played rugby. Rugby was then divided into two main codes, the Rugby League and the Rugby Union.
Rugby took part in 1900 Olympic Games, this was after a meeting conducted by the Organising Committee. The group responsible for the Athletics Games considered rugby football in the list of sports to be included in the program. On May 1924, the Olympic rugby tournament was held in Paris.
In 1910, France joined the Home Nations Championship which was originally played among teams from England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. With the addition of France, this became the Five Nations Championship, which later on became the Six Nations Championship with the addition of Italy.
Rugby league was recognised in France by Jean Galia. However, in 1941, the Vichy France government banned Rugby League following its desire to ban all professional sports. With this, Rugby Union had regained its funds and properties. In 1944, the Vichy France government fell. Thus, the ban on Ruby League was lifted.
In 1951, South American Rugby Championship, organized by Sudamerica Rugby, commenced. It was a round-robin tournament, with each team playing each other once at a designated host stadium. Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay were the core teams. Brazil, Paraguay, and Peru, later on, completed the teams in the tournament.
First held in France in 1954, the Rugby League World Cup kicked off. It was initially composed of the four nations – Australia, Great Britain, France, and New Zealand. Great Britain won the first Ruby League World Cup. Australia won in 1957 and Great Britain in 1960.
From the school playground to the Rugby World Cup, rugby continues to be one of the growing sports. Fan and lovers of the sport have grown. Players are viewed as sexual icons in many parts of the world. Players find themselves consumed with fans and milf sex as they become more and more popular. The amount of milf pics they receive is insane. The sport offers a truly unique and rewarding experience to everyone, from players to rugby sports lovers. It is a social sport that demands good sportsmanship, a social game that is filled with teamwork and camaraderie.