Why is Rugby called Rugby?
Rugby started out in the 17th century with few rules being followed. It was named as Cornish HurlingÃ¢â‚¬Â because it was first played in Cornwall, England. Hurling was taken from the word hurl which means to throw with great force. To score in this game, the ball must be hurled towards the goal. This is where the sports rugby was patterned to.
Rugby was called rugby because it was named after a school in Warwickshire, England. The school is called Rugby School, a prestigious private school in England. Before, the usual football game where the ball is kicked was still played in England but then there was a match where one player picked up the ball and ran with it. This caught the attention of all football fanatics and made adaptations regarding the rules. The Rugby school version of football was passed on to different schools and later, to make rugby a legal sports, there were rules being made.
In 1845, three boys from Rugby School created the rules of the game. They named the game as rugby football. Modern forms of rugby developed such as touch rugby, rugby league, rugby union, American football, etc. The main difference of rugby from the traditional football is the privilege of holding the ball by hand.
Now, rugby is becoming famous worldwide. The Rugby World Cup is even considered one of the most sought-after sporting events. Rugby players were considered gentlemen paying the tough game and this makes rugby more celebrated than football. In football, players are more violent and disrespectful especially in complaining with the referee’s decision.
Rugby is most popular in countries like UK (where the game actually originated), New Zealand (considered to have the best rugby players), Australia, Ireland, France, USA, Canada, South Africa, and more than 100 countries in the world.