"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".
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.
believed to have existed since the 5
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.
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
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2 “Origins of Rugby.” RugbyFootballHistory.com. Retrieved January 15, 2012 from
3 Mower, R. L.
. (2012, Winter).
Module 2, Topic D: Lecture -
Race, Ethnicity, and Sporting Difference
KNES 287, University of Maryland: College Park, MD.