Wednesday, August 3, 2011

William Webb Ellis

Football was played in Rugby School between 1750-1869. They were permitted to handle the ball, but they were not able to move with it. Hundreds of players were able to play because there was no fixed limit to the number of players. Major injuries were caused to the players as they played, because tackling was involved and with so many players on the field of course someone would get hurt. In the latter half of 1823 reports came that a 17 year old boy (William Webb Ellis) one day decided to move with the ball to the opposition's goal. This however broke the rules. William Webb Ellis had innovated a new version of the game. Every Rugby World Cup the trophy is given to the champion and guess what it is called! William Webb Ellis!

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