Rugby is a full-contact sport that has skyrocketed in popularity and is creating new fans and followers wherever it goes.
It all started with William Webb Ellis, who is rumoured to be the accidental inventor of rugby. Legend says that in 1823, while playing soccer for his school – Rugby School – Ellis simply caught the ball in his hands and made a run for it. While it’s difficult to prove the sport was invented then and there, one of the well-known rugby facts is that it was named after the school itself.
Rugby has been the favourite pastime of many for a long time now. As is often the case with sports, its history is riddled with fun facts every rugby enthusiast or even people who simply want to place a bet on this type of sport can appreciate.
With the 2023 Rugby World Cup slowly but surely coming up, we’ve collected some tidbits of knowledge about this thrilling sport you might find interesting.