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Interesting Rugby Trivia:
Rugby Football is the father of what we Americans know as Football.
Basketball founder James Naismith declared his first love the game of rugby.
Pope John Paul played rugby for Poland
Actor Boris Karloff founded the Southern California Rugby Football Union.
The United States won the Gold medal in the last two olympic games in which rugby was played, 1920 and 1924.
William Webb Ellis was the inventor of rugby in 1823, according to legend, on the playing fields of Rugby in England. The game is said to have been started when William Webb, a Rugby School student playing soccer picked up the ball and ran downfield with it instead of kicking it. Other English schools and universities adopted the style from Rugby in the mid-19th cent. In 1871 the English Rugby Union was formed to standardize the game, and the sport was soon organized in other sections of the British Isles.
The game was introduced (1874) into the United States...
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