History of rugby football

Rugby is a popular sport in many countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Scotland, England, France or Japan under the form of clubs and national teams. Rugby is listed top the famous sports in the international competitions like Olympics…At the turn of the 21st century, the International Rugby Board was found in Dublin. Later this location is also its headquarter and spreads more than 100 nations over all the world.

This article will share history of rugby to see overview about development and growth as nowadays.

Some documents point out that rugby was traced in 2000 years ago at Roman. In this time, rugby is called harpastum. This name means carrying or handling the ball.

In medieval England, documents recorded that the young competed for their village or town in games of football. In this time, rules in rugby was passed under other forms. It had regional variations in other countries like Scotland, Derbyshire to Dorset.

The modern form of rugby appeared in 1749s in the Midlands of England when students in school organized event and played it together after learning hours. Some school built up clubs for exercise and exchange among other school.

Since 1794s, the rules and the fame of rugby became popular at many schools and universities. In 1872, the first university match between Oxford and Cambridge remarked as the important event in rugby history. Then teacher introduced this sport to other English, Welsh schools until the army officers. In 1871, the first international game between Scotland and England at Raeburn Place, Edinburgh. Then there were many international rugby events hold annually to improve friendships among them.

Recently, England became the first northern team won the Rugby World Cup in 2003 under surprising and pride of the English. After difficulties and hard, the England national team overcame strong competitors such as New Zealand, Japan and reached victory successfully.