Manu Tuilagi smashes Tom Williams

Top14 player imposter!

JDV smashed by Benoit August

The Northampton Saints 30m scrum!

Bastareaud huge hit on Rory Lamont

All Blacks skills - Pt 2 In the backyard

Trinh-Duc sets up Harinordoquy try

Wales vs England 1999

Greg Holmes great hit on Francois Louw

Sunday, July 04, 2010

The History of Rugby - Part 2

Today we continue on with the History of Rugby series as Part 2 brings more insight into how the game as we know it was formed and the events that took place along the way. From a twenty a side game as the first international, the a murderous pig’s bladder, it’s well worth the watch.

As rugby developed from football, it started out as more of a kicking game. It soon became apparent though that passing through the hands was the way to go, so the ball became more streamlined and developed from a pigs bladder encased in leather to a rubber inside.

Off the field, the laws and regulations around the game were always up for discussion, resulting in the breakaway Northern Union becoming Rugby League.

Over time, the running game developed, and positions soon became more important and specialist forwards and backs came about.

As it spread around the world, the southern hemisphere became a powerhouse as New Zealand and South Africa took to the sport as a religion. It remains the same to this day. Politics and policies soon changed things though, as we'll see in the next part.

It’s a fascinating documentary and you’ll hopefully learn something new by watching. The other parts will be posted soon. Enjoy and have a great rest of the weekend.

Time: 09:39



  • 1st and last

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 04, 2010 3:11 pm  

  • wow i was second to comment as well from the previous The history of rugby - part 1
    anyway. love the video man. learned something new today about the sport i love. thanks r.d

    By Anonymous KhairulYadiy, at July 04, 2010 3:41 pm  

  • Springboks V all Blacks - still the ultimate test even today! Thanks for the great video - keep them coming!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 04, 2010 6:01 pm  

  • Boks v Blacks - damn this vid has just got me even more excited for the 3N this year!!!!! Can't wait!!! Think the boks are gana miss FDP!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 04, 2010 6:02 pm  

  • ^ lets hope so, looks like they just have so much strength in depth this year - why do they keep getting better and better???? Arrgghhhh!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 04, 2010 6:03 pm  

  • AB's to win the 3N this year and the Boks to win the RWC next year -hope this isn't true but this is what my head says not my heart...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 04, 2010 6:07 pm  

  • Another great video!

    By Anonymous Fridge03, at July 04, 2010 6:18 pm  

  • I reckon Italy will win the world cup.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 04, 2010 6:18 pm  

  • That's how I remember the haka, slightly awkward blokes struggling to remember it.
    How times change.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 04, 2010 9:49 pm  

  • Loved the haka on this vid, not at all intimidating, if anything slightly camp! Other teams should take the opportunity to do a dance in response to the haka - I'd love to see the England lads doing the macarena, that'd wind up those Kiwis for sure. :-)

    By Anonymous Phil, at July 04, 2010 10:26 pm  

  • Bugger the macarena! Wap out the bells and ribbons and get some proper morris dancing going! Maybe the Scots should go with Braveheart warpaint too...

    By Anonymous Bokke_2007, at July 04, 2010 11:08 pm  

  • Ahaha that haka was classic! Made me laugh. The haka has made them downright scary. Changed so much. Hosea Gear and the Timatanga is amazing

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 05, 2010 6:38 am  

  • Holy crap how old is the guy at 8:25? He would get killed today.

    By Anonymous low speed, at July 05, 2010 10:44 am  

  • RIverdance for the Irish?

    I'll accept Braveheart for the scots on the condition the shout Freedom at the end and the don't wear kilts while playing.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 05, 2010 1:29 pm  

  • It's not enough. I need more!

    By Blogger Jonah, at July 05, 2010 6:10 pm  

  • Does anyone think that Haka looked really lame ... like some old grandads having a laugh and it seems to me that some of them didn´t even know what they were doing !!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 05, 2010 9:08 pm  

  • low speed said... "Holy crap how old is the guy at 8:25? He would get killed today."

    That's Bill Birtwistle, probably about 27 then, who played all four tests against the 1965 Boks. He toured GB in 1967 and was the top try scorer. I remember my father saying that Bill was thinner than the corner flag. A really fast elusive runner with a devastating sidestep. He was troubled with injuries due to his slight build, but was a fine All Black in his day with 12 games for 11 tries.

    Some great running by the fullback at about 3:40. I guess this is the 1908 Wallabies tour. It's interesting how the other England players show no interest in backing him up and just watch him go past. One of the reasons the 1905 All Blacks piled on cricket scores against the best English sides is because the NZers backed up and made the extra man at every opportunity. Looks like the lesson still hadn't sunk in.

    As they say on the vid, Wales were a tougher proposition and the ABs had close wins against the four top sides and lost a very controversial test match 3-0. That test has meant that Wales/NZ matches have had a special flavour ever since.

    Keep 'em coming RD.

    By Anonymous secondfive, at July 06, 2010 6:06 am  

  • some lovely Haka skills there...

    By Anonymous Another Anon, at July 06, 2010 5:00 pm  

  • ^^ Bokke_2007, fair point, morris dancing it is then! There's definitely potential to show the opposition how aggressive we can be with the wooden sticks, whilst the ankle bells would mesmerise them and throw them off their game plan.

    By Anonymous Phil, at July 06, 2010 5:05 pm  

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