Wednesday, August 31, 2011

William Webb Ellis

From 1750 boys at Rugby School in England played football. Since there was no fixed limit to the number of players on any team, major injuries could occur. Handling of the ball was permitted but running with it towards the opposition’s goal was against the rules. You were permitted to catch the ballt but you could not run with it. The game was more like soccer than rugby.
In 1823 William Webb Ellis ran with the ball, this inspired someone to invent rugby.
in 1845 the first rules for rugby were written.

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