5 Rugby Facts You Probably Never Knew

So, you think you know all that there is to know about the game of rugby? Think again. Just like any other game, rugby has its own set of facts that not everyone is aware of.

Oval Shaped Ball

Richard Lindon and Bernardo Solano created the first set of rugby balls from a combination of hand-stitched, leather casings, and pigs’ bladders.

The ball naturally became oval in shape since pigs’ bladders were known to take on an oval shape. The ball sizes also varied depending on the size of the pigs’ bladder that was used.

The original rugby ball was spherical in shape up until 1870 when Lindon introduced rubber inner tubes that caused the ball to gradually change in shape from a sphere to an oval. In 1892, the oval-shaped ball was recognized as the official shape of the rugby ball.

Most Famous Team

New Zealand’s Rugby team, the All Blacks, are probably the most successful and famous rugby team worldwide. They perform the haka (a Maori war dance) before every rugby match. The Maori war dance is usually performed by cultural groups and tribes across New Zealand.

Basketball Offshoot

It was actually a rugby coach who created basketball. The rugby coach wanted to have some form of indoor sport activity for his players during the off-season to keep them in good condition.

All Because of A Sandwich

In 1910, while on the way to a rugby game against Scotland, the French rugby player Gaston Vareilles hopped off the train to get a sandwich from a buffet served at Lyon, France.

The buffet queue was so long that by the time he returned to the train platform, it was too late. The train was already well on its way to the game leaving him behind. He never got a second chance to play for his country again.

Troop Invasion

British troops stationed in Cape Town were the persons responsible for introducing rugby in South Africa. Nowadays, South Africa is considered as one of the leading nations in the world of rugby for several years.

Now, you know a little bit more about rugby. Have you done your own research and have a list of facts that you would add to this list? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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