Rugby Facts Trivia at gamerisms
Up first in our report of rugby facts trivia is where the game name
orignated. Rugby School, an exclusive prep school in England is a
Rugby has long been played in the shadow of other international sports,
although not in the eyes of its millions of global fans.
Like any other sport, Rugby
has accumulated a rich lore of its own over
the years, ranging from the mildly interesting, to the downright odd.
Trivia to Facts Central
- A widely believed story is that the game was invented by a
student at Rugby School who had a habit of picking up the ball and
running it to the goal.
- The highest scoring international rugby union player in history
is Johnny Wilkinson from England with 1152 career points.
- The origin of the distinctive shape of the rugby ball is easier
All the original balls were fashioned by a shoemaker named William
Gilbert who lived near Rugby School.
The first balls were simply inflated pigs bladders, which take on a
distinctive oblong oval shape when fully inflated.
- The report of rugby facts trivia would not be complete without
the longest game in history.It took place on October 7, 2011 and lasted
for 24 hours and 30 minutes and 6 seconds. The contest was between the
Mali Lions and Congleton Bears clubs. The Lions won 894-715.
- Somewhat surprisingly, considering the game's indisputably
English origins, the first official rugby club was actually at the
University of Dublin in Ireland.
- While much of rugby facts trivia is history and figures, some are
self-explanatory. For example, a try
is so called because in the early days of the sport, getting the ball
over the line did not win points, it only gave the team who made one
the chance to try a kick on goal.
- The International Rugby Union game with the Highest Rugby Score
in history was played in October 1994, with Hong Kong beating Singapore
- The biggest lead in the history of the International Rugby Union
was taken by Argentina over Paraguay in May 2002. They won 152-0
- Rugby is the dominant sport in such commonwealth countries as
Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.
- New Zealand is the little superpower of world rugby. They are
tied with Australia with 3 finals and 2 wins since 1987.The New Zealand
National team, the All-Blacks, was founded in the 1880's, before the
country was even independent.
- The native Maori of New Zealand found the game well adapted to
their warrior culture, and make up a large percentage of All Blacks
players even today.
- Completing the kiwi-related Rugby is this tale. As if facing the
All Blacks, with their contingent of fearless 200-pound native warriors
with face tattoos was not intimidating enough, the team adopted a Maori
war chant tradition, Haka, in 1884. Called the Kora, the primal ritual
is performed before every game.
- One last piece of rugby facts trivia. While the USA is not known
as fertile ground for rugby, it was technically the reigning world
champion for over 60 years.
The USA team took the gold medal in Rugby at the 1924 Olympics, after
which the sport was dropped from the competition. Until the first Rugby
world cup in 1987, the absence of any other international competitions
left the USA champions by default.
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