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Rugby Draft 1 - "With fine disregard for the rules of...

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"With fine disregard for the rules of football as played in his time at Rugby school, (he) first took the ball in his arms and ran with it, thus originating the distinctive feature of the Rugby game". 1 This was believed to have taken place in the 1800’s by William Webb Ellis; a student at the Rugby School who introduced and defined new techniques to the famous UK sport. William Webb Ellis was so famous and notable that the Rugby World Cup was names after him, William Webb Ellis Trophy. 2 Rugby is believed to have existed since the 5 th century, and through the centuries it has evolved into the sport it is presently. The origination took place in the UK (United Kingdom) which is the ethnic group of focus; The United Kingdom is comprised of three countries, England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. Therefore, The ethnic grouping the constituent countries relates to intertwines the physical activity, ethnicity, and sporting through a common practice in the contact sport of Rugby. The UK is clearly comprised of many home nations; and the united constituent countries share geography, histories, practices, experiences, values, and identities. 3 The UK is run under international law, The European Union, and the United Nations. Although many governmental issues are resolved as a unit, there are still individual governmental councils that focus on the individual countries. Furthermore, there is a 1 Webb-Ellis, William.” RugbyFootballHistory.com. Retrieved January 15, 2012 from http://www.rugbyfootballhistory.com/webb-ellis.html 2 “Origins of Rugby.” RugbyFootballHistory.com. Retrieved January 15, 2012 from http://www.rugbyfootballhistory.com/originsofrugby.htm 3 Mower, R. L.. (2012, Winter). Module 2, Topic D: Lecture - Race, Ethnicity, and Sporting Difference . KNES 287, University of Maryland: College Park, MD.
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separation in national governing bodies for many sports. 4 In other words, the home nations can compete against one another under their own sporting associations. Although there is different coaching and practices with Rugby in the UK, the nation still holds Rugby World Cups to declare the ultimate winners, and funds this nationally popular and preferred sport. Rugby is a United Kingdom sport that has been around for centuries and has evolved from tossing around a pig bladder to the leather/synthetic material similar to that of an American football. Rugby and the UK ethnicity and culture is a very important topic. There are two leagues within this sport; Rugby Union and Rugby League. Rugby Union involves the posh, upper class citizens who went to grammar school or private school. Rugby League is the opposite, it involves primarily middle or lower class. These
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