Rugby, one of the most popular sports in the world, was named after the place where it was invented: the Rugby School, in Warwickshire, England.

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  • On March 27, 1871, England and Scotland competed in the first international rugby match. Played in Edinburgh, Scotland, the newly formed Scottish team won the match by one goal. In the years that followed, the match between England and Scotland became an annual event still played today.

    Today, rugby is played competitively all over the world, and is the national sport in several countries. The Rugby World Cup is a major sporting event, with teams from New Zealand, Australia, and South Africa dominating international competition.

  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    annual Adjective


    international Adjective

    having to do with more than one country.

    rugby Noun

    team sport similar to soccer, but where players are allowed to carry the ball, block with the hands and arms, and tackle.