Auckland Rugby Introduction
Some Interesting Facts about Rugby in Auckland
Auckland Rugby Union can be traced back to the year 1823 when William Webb Ellis ran with the ball in his hands towards the goal while playing football. Though there may be more fiction than fact in this story, but rugby is said to have originated in the Rugby school. Till this day the team that wins the Rugby Union world Cup held every four years is awarded the William Ellis Cup.
The following are a few interesting facts about rugby:
- During the middle of the 19th century it was decided to that there were two main variants of football. These included football and rugby football.
- The rugby balls today are oval shaped. However this wasn’t always the case. Initially these balls were plum shaped. This was attributed to the fact that these balls were made from pig’s bladders. Their shape became spherical when the bladders were replaced by rubber tube inners. The main reason the balls remain egg shaped is because of a special request made by the rugby union. With time the balls have taken a more flattened shape. These oval shaped balls are easier to catch and hold while running.
- Since rugby balls were initially made from pig’s bladder, they had to be blown up through passing air from the mouth. It was possible to become sick if breathing air through a diseased bladder. This is said to be one reason why the rubber tubes began to be used instead.
- Rugby has been played in the Olympics only four times. However it is said that another version of rugby would be introduced again in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
- The New Zealand team performed the almighty Haka for the first time, to intimidate their opposing team of Wales in the game of 1908. The Wales team responded by breaking into their national anthem. This is exactly where the tradition of playing the nation anthem of each team before the game started.
- The first rugby union world cup was played in 1987 between Australia and New Zealand. New Zealand won the match. It is now held every four years.
- The most famous of Rugby teams are the All Blacks, belonging to New Zealand. They perform the Haka, a Maori war dance before the start of each game.
Rugby is a legendary game. It is a combination of strength and team work. Rugby players are agile and strong. People who play rugby consider it as a game for life. Unlike American football or soccer, players can continue playing rugby way past their high school by joining different clubs or union.
Rugby is a sport enjoyed by women as well. For younger children there is tag rugby. It doesn’t involve the tackle of regular rugby instead children can grab the Velcro belts attached at the player’s waist. If you are thinking of enrolling your child for Rugby make sure you take them out to watch a few games with you. See whether they enjoy the game or not. There are many clubs which teach rugby to children, make sure you choose one which you feel would be best for your child.