Rugby is popular in many countries, including Argentina, Australia, England, France, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, Wales, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Fiji, Georgia, Japan, Namibia and Portugal, Romania, Samoa, Spain, Tonga, the United States, and Uruguay. The more popular the Rugby Union is, the less popular Rugby League. It is mainly played in Australia, New Zealand with Papua New Guinea.
The origin of rugby is thought to have originated in a controversy during the English school football match at Rugby School in 1823 when William Webb Ellis picked up the ball by hand and kept the ball with him. Although evidence for this story has not been given, it has become immortal at this school because a memorial was posted in 1895, and although people still have doubts about the story. However, the Rugby World Cup trophy is officially named after Webb Ellis. Rugby football is derived from the form of the game takes place at Rugby school, which the former students of the school introduced this form to the university.
Rugby alumni, Albert Pell, who later studied in Cambridge, is considered to be the founder of the first “rugby” team. In the early days, each school had different rules of play. Rugby and Eton students try to bring their rules to the universities.
An important event of early rugby was the introduction of the first handwritten rugby law at Rugby School in 1845, and followed by the ‘Cambridge Code’ in 1848. Other events include the fact that the Blackheath Club left the FA in 1863 and the Rugby Football Union was formed in 1871. Theugby union was in fact the original “rugby ball”; however, the division in England in 1895 saw the birth of another rugby league called rugby league, and hence the old rugby new name “rugby union” to distinguish it from the other. Although the subject’s full name is rugby union, it is often referred to simply as “rugby”.