Rugby is one of the most fun, exciting, and thrilling sports to play. This was named after the Rugby School, a place where this sport was initially played. This has been invented way back in the year 1823, in which William Webb Ellis take the ball when he was playing football as the school, and then rush towards the goal carrying the ball. Even though there are many speculations and doubts regarding this kind of event actually happened, William Webb Ellis himself still remembered as the greatest inventor of this kind of sport and winner of Ruby Union World Cup. This is mainly played every four years and primarily receives Webb Ellis Cup.
If you are a rugby player, you are probably aware on the different facts and information about this sport. If you want to know more about rugby, below are the five fun facts that you should know and would definitely arouse your own curiosity about this sport.
Fun Fact Numero Uno!
Are you not wondering what the real shape of rugby ball is? Is it an oval? Richard Lindon who mainly fashion the ball out of the hand-stitched leader that is casing the blabbers of the pig made the very first rugby balls that were used in playing this sport. The bladder of the pig naturally take the oval shape. Sound’s edible, right? If you are not yet convinced when it comes to the real shape of rugby ball, you can get one and be the one to speak for yourself and be amazed on what the result would be.
Fun Fact Numero Dos!
The very first time when a national anthem was sung mainly before a certain sporting event simultaneously happened before the rugby game. It was the time when the New Zealand danced the Haka before the beginning on the rugby game. Haka is the traditional war dance that is sometimes considered as the attempt in order to intimidate their own position.
It was on November 16 in the year 1905 when they played Wales, which was happened at the Cardiff Arms Park. Right after the New Zealand performed the Haka before the match began, Wales on the other hand responded by means of singing their own Welsh national anthem the “Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau”. The crowd started to notice what was happening, and then later on joined in. In today’s rugby games, before the sporting of major events, it is in the tradition to sing the national anthems for countries that are being represented.