Rugby was invented in 1823 by William Webb Elis, when he cheated during a soccer game at Rugby School in Great Britain.

Rugby and the Olympics

Rugby has a long history. Rugby was invented in 1823 by William Webb Elis, when he cheated during a soccer game at Rugby School in Great Britain. He picked the ball up, ran across the goal line, and rugby was born. Similar games were played during the Middle Ages. Rugby students set the rules for the game in the mid-1800s, and the International Rugby Board was established in 1886.

There are several varieties of rugby, including rugby union, rugby sevens, touch rugby, rugby flag, rugby tens, and beach rugby, each with its own set of rules. Rugby union (with fifteen players per team) was in the Olympics in 1900, 1908, 1920, and 1924. Rugby will be reintroduced in the form of rugby sevens at the 2016 Rio Games, with men’s and women’s teams competing.

Practice

Rugby at Michigan State

There are men’s and women’s club rugby teams at MSU. The women’s team was established in 1976, and they just joined the Big Ten Collegiate Rugby Conference. The teams play at the Service Road Fields on campus.

Gifts can be made on the MSU Giving Website in support of either the men’s rugby team or the women’s rugby team.

MSU Men's ruggers during a game


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