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b) Your personal opinion about rugby
c) For those who do not like rugby, tell us why and what sports do you like.
d) For those who like to play/ watch rugby, share, why do you like the game.
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Story of Rugby
Legend has it that the game of rugby was founded when a boy at Rugby school in Warwickshire first defied the rules of football by picking up the ball and running with it towards the opposing goal. This story, for which there is scant evidence, has proved durable enough for the boy concerned to have had rugby union’s World Cup trophy named after him, but it disguises the far more complex origins of the game. The story credits this innovation to William Webb Ellis. Its evidence rests on a letter written by an OR (Old Rugbeian) to the school newsletter, the Meteor, in December 1880. Matthew Bloxam had attended Rugby between 1813 and 1820, so his recollections are being set down some 60 years after he left. He describes the ball game played in the Close, and specifically recalls that, among its few rules, was the stipulation that “no one was allowed to run with the ball in his grasp towards the opposite goal”.
Toward the end of the 19th century many Rugby players were taking pay for their efforts, although the practice was not generally accepted. The Northern Rugby Union, a professional organization, was formed in 1895 by a group of clubs that wanted to recompense their players for time taken from their jobs while fulfilling playing engagements. This organization was renamed the Rugby Football League in 1922. The amateur game, is played with 15 men on each team and is called "Rugby Union." The professional game, the Rugby League, although it resembles the amateur game in many respects, there are differences in the laws, or rules, and only 13 players on a team. Today, the game enjoys its greatest popularity in Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and France.
With the formation of Rugby League, the professionals did not just stop at playing for the paycheck. They fought for the game to be part of the world sporting events. The history of the Rugby World Cup dates back to 1950s with the ideas of commencing a tournament popped up in the minds of many. In 1968, the International Rugby Board rejected the idea of a competition that resembled a world cup. Later, the idea was implemented after 1980 and in 1983, Australia put a proposal that mentioned their willingness to host the first rugby world cup. In the meeting held to discuss the issue, majority opposed the idea and only Australia, New Zealand and France supported it. When the vote was held, South Africa, along with England and Wales voted in favor of it. This was a great back up for the the official world cup, which was held in 1987.
The first-ever Rugby World Cup was played in Australia and New Zealand, with the latter (the All-Blacks) emerging as the first world champions. Around 32 matches were played in the 1987 world cup that was held from May 22 to June 20. One African nation, three Americas nations, one Asian nation, seven European nations and four Oceanic nations participated in the Australia World Cup. The tournament became All Blacks rugby with New Zealand winning the final rugby match. The success of the Australian world cup motivated the International Rugby Football Board (IRFB) to conduct it every four years. The 1991 world cup was hosted by Great Britain, Ireland and France and Australian rugby team grabbed the tournament trophy. The tournament then became the fourth largest national sporting teams tournament in the world.
South Africa hosted the 1995 rugby world cup and it was the first time that all rugby matches was played in a single country. This tournament saw the entry of South Africa and their victory in the rugby world cup. Around 65 nations were attempted in the qualifying round of the 1999 rugby world cup. The tournament was hosted by Wales with matches played in England, France, Scotland and Ireland.
England’s own period of European ascendancy eventually culminated in a side, captained by Martin Johnson lifting the Webb Ellis trophy in a pulsating final in Sydney against the host nation, Australia, in 2003. A last-minute drop goal by Johnny Wilkinson was all that separated the teams in a 20-17 final score line. England won the tournament and became the first northern hemisphere nation to win rugby world cup.
The tournament attracted thousands of spectators from far and wide and it has now become a much-awaited game for its fans. What started as a defiance, now turns into a world sporting events that rough the good and bad times. The Rugby World Cup is indeed a game that adds colour and vibrant to the world of sports. The story of this event does not stop in 2007 but will continue to draw its marks every four years for a long time to come.
Name:Kamarul Ariffin Bin Mohd Mahpal
Based on legend, rugby was founded by a boy at Rugby School at Warwickshire, which first defied the rules of football by picking up the ball and running with it towards the opposing goal.
In 1895, The Northen Rugby Union, a professional organization was formed by a group of clubs that wanted to recompense their players for time taken from their jobs while fulfilling playing engagements and then in 1922 the organization was renamed as Rugby Football League.
The first Rugby World Club was played in Australia and New Zealand, with the latter (the All-Blacks) become the world champions which was held from May 22 to June 20 in 1987 and participated by one African nation, three Americas nations, one Asian nation, seven European nations and four Oceanic with around 32 matches.
The International Rugby Football Board (IRFB) conduct the cup every four years after was motivated by the success of the Austrlian world cup and in 1991, world cup was hosted by Great Britain, Ireland and France and Australian rugby team win the tournament trophy.
Rugby which a sport started as defiance and now become into a world sporting event and attracted thousands of spectators from far and wide and it has now become a much-awaited game for its fans every four years.
My opinion is rugby is a rough sport which similar to american football. The players always get injurt when play rugby. This kind of sport needs physically and mentally strong to play this sport. Teamwork also needed to in playing while this game cannot be played alone.
c) I like to watch rugby match and i used to play it in 'Pendidikan Jasmani' class during secondary school. Nowadays, i dont play it anymore because i was 'retired'.=p. the reason i like to watch rugby is because it fun to see the players working as team, playing hard and rough game to beat the others team.
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