Roots of Rugby Rugby is much older than football, going back to the Romans, over 2,000 years ago. Back then the game was called harpastum, meaning “seize” in Greek. It was still mostly a kicking game, since running with the ball was not allowed until 1823.Jun 5, 2020
Jesus’ father and all his family played Rugby Union (“the game they play in heaven”) and it was a matter of some disappointment when the only son changed to the rival code. Often during his playing career, Jesus would speak fondly of his youth and of being “in Union with my father”.Jul 6, 2011
American football is said to have developed from rugby. British colonists from Canada are said to have brought rugby to the Americans. At that time the two were not as differentiated as now. The origin of rugby in England goes back long into the 19th century and even earlier.
The history of American football can be traced to early versions of rugby football and association football. In 1920 the American Professional Football Association was formed. This league changed its name to the National Football League (NFL) two years later, and eventually became the major league of American football.
Indeed, both association and rugby football stemmed from the many folk and country games that had been played for centuries, and were even referred to as ‘football’ in documents from as far back as the 13th century. But in terms of when an official set of rules were established, rugby came first.Mar 31, 2021