A Very Quick Guide to Rugby For Those Not In The Know
Rugby is a free-flowing contact team game played with a ball that may be kicked, carried or passed from hand to hand. The game dates back to the early 19th century in England. Speed, strategy and strength are required skills for a player to excel at the sport. Little or no protective gear is worn, although it is a full-contact sport.
William Webb Ellis and Rugby School
There is some disagreement over whether William Webb Ellis was born in Manchester or Salford in 1806. His father, James Ellis, served as an officer in the Dragoon Guards. James Ellis was killed in battle in 1812, leaving his wife to raise the boys alone.
The family moved to Rugby, Warwickshire, as his mother was told that if the boys lived in a 10 mile radius of the Rugby Clock Tower, they could attend the Rugby School at no cost. The ball, cap, rules of the game and terminology originated at Rugby School; however, the cricket shirts, worn for rugby, at that time were flannel.
Many people acknowledge William Ellis with a major role in the history of rugby. In 1823, he first picked up the ball and ran with it, initiating the characteristics of the game. The rugby world cup is named, “William Webb Ellis Trophy.” Mr. Ellis was known to play somewhat unfairly in sports.
The Rugby Jersey
One of the most iconic things to arise from the sport of rugby is the rugby shirt. For the most part the shirt has changed very little over the years and has hung on to the traditions of the sport which date back over a century and half. The following is a basic run through of the modern day shirt:
* A team logo is applied to the chest with numbers on the back when used for competitive play.
* The sleeves may be short or long.
* The jerseys are equipped with rubber buttons to allow the jersey to come unfastened rather than losing one on the field.
* The first jerseys were designed with a stiff collar.
* The collar is smaller today so there is less material for a tackler to grab.
* The Rugby League has adopted jerseys that are designed in a “V” shape or a rounded collarless version.
* Most jerseys are designed with horizontal stripes of alternating colours.
* Originally, the jerseys were made of cotton. However, a cotton and polyester blend or a polyester shirt is preferred today. Polyester makes tackling difficult and the synthetic fibres are more resistant to mud and water.
So there you have it. A quick run through of the sport of rugby which should give you an idea of how the sport has become one of the most played and watched worldwide.