Rugby Football: The Origin Of Rugby Football
By 1881 both Ireland and Wales had representative teams, and in 1883 the first international competition, the Home Nations Championship had begun. 1883 also saw the first rugby sevens tournament at Melrose called the Melrose Sevens, which is still held annually. Five years later two important overseas tours took place; a British Isles team visited Australia and New Zealand—although a private venture, it laid the foundations for future British and Irish Lions tours; and the 1888 New Zealand Native team brought the first overseas team to British spectators.
From 1905 through to 1907, all three major Southern Hemisphere rugby countries sent their first touring teams to the Northern Hemisphere; Dave Gallaher's New Zealand in 1905, followed by Paul Roos' South Africa in 1906 and then Herbert Moran's Australia. All three teams brought new styles of play, fitness levels and tactics, and were far more successful than critics at first believed. 1905 also saw the first French …show more content…
• A player may wear headgear which must bear the IRB Approval Mark (Regulation 12). • A player may wear bandages and/or dressings to cover or protect any injury. • A player may wear thin tape or other similar material as support and/or to prevent injury.
Rugby is valued as a sport for men and women, boys and girls.
It builds teamwork, understanding, co-operation and respect for fellow athletes. Its cornerstones are, as they always have bee n: the pleasure of participating; the courage and skill which the game demands; the love of a team sport that enriches the lives of all involved; and the lifelong friendships forged through a shared interest in the game.
It is because of, not despite, rugby’s intensely physical and athletic characteristics that such great camaraderie exists before and after matches. The long standing tradition of players from competing teams enjoying each others company away from the pitch and in a social context, remains at the very core of the game.
Rugby has fully embraced the professional era, but has retained the ethos and traditions of the recreational game. In an age