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What Is Rugby?

Rugby is a free-flowing game that features a combination of strength, speed, and strategy to move a ball into an opponent's territory. Rugby is a full-contact sport yet players wear little-or no protective gear. Rugby evolved from football (i.e. soccer) and is often called the ‘game played in heaven’. Many believe that rugby was born in 1823 when William Webb Ellis "with fine disregard for the rules of football, as played in his time at Rugby school, first took the ball in his arms and ran with it, thus originating the distinctive feature of the Rugby game".

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Rugby is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States and one of the most popular sports in the world. The allure of rugby is easy to understand yet hard to explain. Who can’t appreciate the toughness required to play a fast-paced, hard- hitting game that is 80 minutes long with no timeouts and only a 5 minute half time! All players play both defense and offense at any given time during a game and, most appealing, is the fact that there is a position for everyone who wants to play – large or thin, short or tall. Above all, rugby is a social sport that praises competition but demands good sportsmanship. As part of the rugby tradition, the home team hosts the visiting team at an after game social, which is filled only with good cheer and camaraderie.



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