A collective name for the family of team sports of rugby union and rugby league, as well as the earlier forms of football from which both games, as well as Australian rules football and gridiron football, evolved. Rugby football is played with an oval ball by two teams of 15 players (in the rugby league game) or 13 players (in the league rugby game).
Αccording to a story, in 1823, William Webb Ellis picked up the soccer ball and ran with it, thus creating the worldwide game of Rugby. While it is known that Webb Ellis was a student at Rugby School at the time, there is no direct evidence of the actual event’s having taken place.
Rugby School, whose name has been given to the sport, was pivotal in the development of rugby football, and the first rules of the game that became rugby union football were established there in 1845.