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Friday, July 02, 2010

The History of Rugby - Part 1

The History of Rugby - Part 1

This weekend weve got a bit of a break on the international rugby scene as for the first time in a while, nothing is happening. Its 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 arent totally clear though, so youll 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. Its 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

Posted at 4:33 pm | 60 comments

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HamletScrummed July 02, 2010 3:53 pm

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

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HamletScrummed July 02, 2010 3:53 pm

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

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KhairulYadiy July 02, 2010 3:59 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

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KhairulYadiy July 02, 2010 3:59 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

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Anonymous July 02, 2010 4:32 pm

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

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Anonymous July 02, 2010 4:32 pm

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

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Oct2nd July 02, 2010 4:45 pm

Great Stuff!

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Oct2nd July 02, 2010 4:45 pm

Great Stuff!

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Conor July 02, 2010 4:57 pm

Great video thank you RD!!

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Conor July 02, 2010 4:57 pm

Great video thank you RD!!

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Frederic (rugby-pion July 02, 2010 6:03 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 Franais and Racing Club de France c1900...

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Frederic (rugby-pion July 02, 2010 6:03 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 Franais and Racing Club de France c1900...

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Fridge03 July 02, 2010 6:22 pm

Good stuff

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Fridge03 July 02, 2010 6:22 pm

Good stuff

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Anonymous July 02, 2010 7:00 pm

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

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Anonymous July 02, 2010 7:00 pm

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

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Flinto July 02, 2010 7:13 pm

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

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

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Flinto July 02, 2010 7:13 pm

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

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

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rodofle July 02, 2010 7:59 pm

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

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rodofle July 02, 2010 7:59 pm

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

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Anonymous July 02, 2010 9:52 pm

Love that bit at 5.10 where the guy falls over

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Anonymous July 02, 2010 9:52 pm

Love that bit at 5.10 where the guy falls over

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Progressive rugby July 02, 2010 10:30 pm

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

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Progressive rugby July 02, 2010 10:30 pm

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

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Anonymous July 03, 2010 12:38 am

When was this made?

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Anonymous July 03, 2010 12:38 am

When was this made?

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Anonymous July 03, 2010 12:58 am

fascinnatingggg

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Anonymous July 03, 2010 12:58 am

fascinnatingggg

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Bokke_2007 July 03, 2010 1:27 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!!)

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Bokke_2007 July 03, 2010 1:27 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!!)

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Bokke_2007 July 03, 2010 1:27 am

OOps. Rob Andrew = plonker, not planker.

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Bokke_2007 July 03, 2010 1:27 am

OOps. Rob Andrew = plonker, not planker.

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Dane Tanifuckie July 03, 2010 2:09 am

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

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Dane Tanifuckie July 03, 2010 2:09 am

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

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6pack July 03, 2010 3:43 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!

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6pack July 03, 2010 3:43 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!

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firstfive July 03, 2010 7:48 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.

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firstfive July 03, 2010 7:48 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.

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Anonymous July 03, 2010 10:30 am

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

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Anonymous July 03, 2010 10:30 am

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

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JW July 03, 2010 11:27 am

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

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JW July 03, 2010 11:27 am

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

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Regi_weges July 03, 2010 12:08 pm

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

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Regi_weges July 03, 2010 12:08 pm

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

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Anonymous July 03, 2010 1:04 pm

I loved seeing the old footage!

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Anonymous July 03, 2010 1:04 pm

I loved seeing the old footage!

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Name July 03, 2010 4:18 pm

loved it, especially Monty Python-esque music

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Name July 03, 2010 4:18 pm

loved it, especially Monty Python-esque music

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Anonymous July 03, 2010 5:41 pm

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

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Anonymous July 03, 2010 5:41 pm

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

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Abbyno7 July 03, 2010 10:54 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.

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Abbyno7 July 03, 2010 10:54 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.

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Anonymous July 04, 2010 9:40 am

Really interesting - looking forward to the rest of it.

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Anonymous July 04, 2010 9:40 am

Really interesting - looking forward to the rest of it.

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Anonymous July 06, 2010 5:03 pm

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

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Anonymous July 06, 2010 5:03 pm

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

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JW July 08, 2010 9:30 am

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.

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JW July 08, 2010 9:30 am

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.

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Marc Rowland August 23, 2011 8:58 pm

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.

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Marc Rowland August 23, 2011 8:58 pm

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.

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