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Friday, July 02, 2010

The History of Rugby - Part 1

This weekend we’ve got a bit of a break on the international rugby scene as for the first time in a while, nothing is happening. It’s a good opportunity to catch up on other clips though, starting with looking back at how and when this fantastic sport came to be.

Many of you have played and loved rugby, but do you know the exact origins of the game for men (and ladies) with odd shaped balls?

In the first part of this fascinating documentary, hosted by Rob Andrew, we get to travel back in time and find out more about how the game was developed from its humble beginnings at Rugby school in England.

The story goes that while playing a game of football/soccer, William Webb Ellis picked up the ball and ran with it. Accounts of the story aren’t totally clear though, so you’ll get to hear from historians about how events transpired way back then.

The documentary also goes through time and as the game develops, we see how it spread around the world and was taken on by countries such as New Zealand, Australia, and South Africa.

The documentary will be posted in ten minute slots over the next week or so if it's popular. It’s a great way to learn a little more about the history of our wonderful sport, so check it out and please share the link with anyone you think would be interested in watching.

Time: 10:05



  • This was AWESOME! I can't wait to see the other parts of the documentary! Thanks for sharing this.

    By Blogger HamletScrummed, at July 02, 2010 5:53 pm  

  • i only play rugby for almost 5 years, and this is a good way to understand more about the origin and the history of the sport. love it, love rugby, rugby..my game

    By Anonymous KhairulYadiy, at July 02, 2010 5:59 pm  

  • i seen rob andrew and thought oh dear, the bloke cant even put his tie straight.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 02, 2010 6:32 pm  

  • Great Stuff!

    By Anonymous Oct2nd, at July 02, 2010 6:45 pm  

  • Great video thank you RD!!

    By Anonymous Conor, at July 02, 2010 6:57 pm  

  • Great initiative, well done Rugby Dump !

    And what a fine sense of humour to have your "History of Rugby - part 1" illustrated by a picture of French rugby ;-)

    Original picture is here : http://bit.ly/bt2vMh
    it shows Parisian teams Stade Français and Racing Club de France c1900...

    By Anonymous Frederic (rugby-pioneers.com), at July 02, 2010 8:03 pm  

  • Good stuff

    By Anonymous Fridge03, at July 02, 2010 8:22 pm  

  • please keep posting the other segments. Is there somewhere to get the entire documentary?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 02, 2010 9:00 pm  

  • ^ Ask google. He's a friendly chap :)

    Great post RD, looking forward to watching the rest, thanks!

    By Anonymous Flinto, at July 02, 2010 9:13 pm  

  • That's a brilliant idea, keep up the very good work RD!

    By Anonymous rodofle, at July 02, 2010 9:59 pm  

  • Love that bit at 5.10 where the guy falls over

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 02, 2010 11:52 pm  

  • Amazing, all these rule changes and still no slippery slope to basketball or league.

    By Anonymous Progressive rugby, at July 03, 2010 12:30 am  

  • When was this made?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 03, 2010 2:38 am  

  • fascinnatingggg

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 03, 2010 2:58 am  

  • Awesome! I have to admit i was a bit nervous when i saw that planker Rob Andrew at the beginning! Really interesting piece though, nice to see how the game started and has always been changing (so the ELVs were never that revolutionary anyway!!)

    By Anonymous Bokke_2007, at July 03, 2010 3:27 am  

  • OOps. Rob Andrew = plonker, not planker.

    By Anonymous Bokke_2007, at July 03, 2010 3:27 am  

  • New Zealand invented rugby. That's why were the best in the world at it aye

    By Anonymous Dane Tanifuckie, at July 03, 2010 4:09 am  

  • Very very interesting. I love seeing old footage of rugby. I always wondered why it's called a Try.

    Amazing at 8:16 how quickly they form a scrum!

    By Anonymous 6pack, at July 03, 2010 5:43 am  

  • Terrific idea to post this RD. I enjoy reading about this stuff but it's always fascinating to see very old film of the game and I could watch it for hours. The Webb Ellis story is very interesting and shows the fragile nature of a lot of history that people take for granted as true. I'll be watching and re-watching this series with great pleasure.

    By Anonymous firstfive, at July 03, 2010 9:48 am  

  • Good idea - thanks please keep going (Andrew aside!)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 03, 2010 12:30 pm  

  • @Dane .. nobody's fooled, now back to the veldt like a good little boy.

    By Anonymous JW, at July 03, 2010 1:27 pm  

  • just wondering if anyone knows if this documentary can be bought at all?

    By Anonymous Regi_weges, at July 03, 2010 2:08 pm  

  • I loved seeing the old footage!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 03, 2010 3:04 pm  

  • loved it, especially Monty Python-esque music

    By Anonymous Name, at July 03, 2010 6:18 pm  

  • I have been looking for a documentary like this for a while, thank you for posting it!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 03, 2010 7:41 pm  

  • I think i saw this documentary a few years ago. If it is the same one then I'd recommend putting the rest of it up.

    By Anonymous Abbyno7, at July 04, 2010 12:54 am  

  • Really interesting - looking forward to the rest of it.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 04, 2010 11:40 am  

  • ^ JW, despite your delusion Kiwis get arrogant too...why don't you go tend to your sheep like a good backwater boy instead.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 06, 2010 7:03 pm  

  • Anonymous said... JW, despite your delusion Kiwis get arrogant too...why don't you go tend to your sheep like a good backwater boy instead.

    I have no delusions about that at all, and I also have no doubt the guy was a SA fan trying hard to be funny. I was letting him know. Relax.

    By Anonymous JW, at July 08, 2010 11:30 am  

  • Very good. Also interesting is that Guy's Hospital was the first rugby club in the world, the rather loose coming together and deciding the rules on the day type and Blackheath was the first open rugby club.

    By Anonymous Marc Rowland, at August 23, 2011 10:58 pm  

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