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The legend of rugby has it that, in 1823, during a football match, a student at Rugby School in Great Britain took the ball in his hands and ran over the goal line. That day, William Webb Elis invented rugby.
First International Meeting
This sport has, in reality, much older origins, as similar games had already been practised in the Middle Ages in many European countries in various forms and with various names.
Between 1845 and 1848, pupils from the Rugby School and students from the University of Cambridge in Great Britain documented and codified the rules of rugby.