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When was the first rugby ball made?

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Whistle playing football in 1823, student William Webb Ellis of Rugby School Warwickshire, England 'caught the ball in his arms... and on catching the ball, instead of retiring backwards as was the requirement of that game being played, rushed forwards with the ball in his hands towards the opposite goal'.

The code of football later known as rugby union can be traced to three events: the first set of written rules in 1845; the Blackheath Club's decision to leave the Football Association in 1863 and; the formation of the Rugby Football Union in 1871.

It has since been refined into the game we have today which has now two versions. The Union Code and of course the League Code.

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Richard Lindon (1816 - 1887) and William Gilbert (1799-1877) started making balls for Rugby school out of hand stitched, four-panel, leather casings and pigs' bladders. Both men owned boot and shoe making businesses located close to Rugby school. Originally, Gilbert's business was located at 19 High Street and Lindon lived next door as a young man at number 20 . The High street led directly to Rugby schools quad entrance which is where the boys played football (quad ball) before Rugby school gained its playing fields. The balls used were introduced 1822

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Rugby Football was formed in England when a boy named William Webb Ellis picked up a football(soccer ball) and ran with it.

Although Webb Ellis is generally accredited to "inventing" rugby, the story is , probably apocryphal, as ball carrying sports similar to rugby were played hundreds of years prior.

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The origin of rugby is reputed to be an incident during a game of football at Rugby School, Rugby, England, in 1823 when William Webb-Ellis picked up the ball and ran with it. In 1895 Rugby football was beset with a schism that resulted in the formation of the Northern Rugby Football Union (NRFU). This split created Rugby Union and Rugby League

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When a kid named Webb Ellis picked up a football and started playing with his hands, this happened in the town of Rugby (England) which has given name to the sport.

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1823 in Rugby School, Rugby. Warwickshire England

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1876 in new zeal-and

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