The Original Rules of Rugby

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Penguin Group Australia, Jul 27, 2011 - Sports & Recreation - 96 pages
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When they first picked up the ball and ran with it, this was the game they invented.

This book brings together the original rules of the game drawn up at Rugby School in 1845 and the first rules of the Rugby Football Union in 1871, showing how the sport started and how it was first properly codified.  It describes a sport almost unrecognisable as modern rugby, yet utterly familiar as the great game in it infancy.

A book for both passionate fans and those with a passing curiosity about how a game with a ball could possibly be so complicated and so beloved.

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About the author (2011)

Jed Smith was curator at the Museum of Rugby, Twickenham, for ten years. He is a noted expert on the history of rugby and the author of The Little Book of English Rugby.

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