RUGBY, ENGLAND–From its origin in the town of Rugby to Twickenham, where the world’s top team will be crowned and the Webb Ellis Cup will be hoisted in the 2015 Rugby World Cup, this fall is the perfect time for a rugby pilgrimage through England.
Less than an hour by train from London Euston station to Rugby, this is where it all began.
The sport got its name from the town of Rugby and even more specifically, it all began on the pitch at The Rugby School. The moment is memorialized for all time on a plaque at the school in honour of William Webb Ellis, who in 1823, “with a fine disregard for the rules of football as played in his time, first took the ball in his arms and ran with it.”
With that move the game of rugby was born and has since grown and changed into the game we know today.
During the world cup, The Rugby School will host matches on Saturdays for locals and tourists to enjoy. See the game played by young students just like those who created it.
As a rugby fan, where better to see a match than standing along the pitch where it literally all began? And stop into the rugby museum on the school property to understand where the game came from and what it has become.
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