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Facts you did know about rugby

Every rugby game brings more entertainment into the life of its fans. Due to its opportunity for new friendships, health benefits and amazing supporters, this sport challenges your mind and body altogether. Whether you play it with your buddies in the backyard, or you are a member of the rugby club, there are interesting facts that might impress you and make this activity more fun.

Although the origin of this sport still remains a puzzle these days, many people think about the story of William Webb Ellis when it comes to this. It is a popular belief that rugby was founded in 1823 and was named after the Rugby School where the schoolboy caught the ball with his hands and run with it during a football match.

The ball that the players use today is different from the one in the past. Initially it was created in the shape of a plum and was made out of pig bladders. At the end of the 19th century, the Rugby School demanded that the balls should be asymmetric so that people do not confuse them with the ones in football. With time, the shape evolved to the one you see nowadays.

As rugby players are keen on tradition and respect their past, the World Cup is always opened with a famous whistle. The same item has been used ever since the first game in 1905 and was named after the referee Gil Evans who took part in England’s first match against the team of New Zealand. From that moment on, it was used in many popular competitions.

There is nothing more exciting than a day on the pitch with your teammates. With every single rugby tournament, your life becomes a little sweeter. Develop your skills and learn new tactics. It is a wonderful way for you to meet new persons and talk about each other’s experiences. Share these fun facts with them and you will definitely have a good time!

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