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Who made rugby?

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January 04, 2012 9:33AM

The concept of carrying the ball was part of football (soccer) in the early 1800's. However, at that time you were required to carry the ball backwards to your team mates to make a pass. William Web Ellis a 17 year old student of Rugby School, Warwickshire England pickup the ball and ran forward attacking the opposition goals. The idea caught on and more and more students did this. As these people left School to move in to university etc, they took the practice with them and clubs formed. IN 1837 The football association was formed and the clubs that had developed were asked to join. However, the ball carrying rule was to be outlawed. Many clubs did not want this and broke away creating the Rugby Football Union. New rules were formalised so there were standards i.e in those days there were 20 players per side. The rest as they say is history and Webb Ellis retaining recognition for starting the game

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William webb Ellis invented it. he was playing football when he decided to pick the ball up and run with it. the rugby world cup is named by him too. The sport is named after the school he attended. He spent his summers as a child in Tipperary, Ireland where he played an old gaelic game similar to rugby.