Rugby – the game of the brave

With its combination of brawn and beauty, it’s no surprise rugby is one of the UK’s biggest sports – and it’s also becoming one of its most gambled on.

The game’s origins are reputed to stem from an incident during a game of football at Rugby School in 1823, when a pupil named William Webb Ellis is said to have picked up the ball and run with it. The Webb Ellis trophy, handed to the winners of the Rugby World Cup, remains the most prestigious in the sport.

Other notable events on the Rugby Union calendar include the Six Nations, which takes place every February bringing together the finest players from England, Scotland, Wales, Italy, France and Ireland; the Autumn Internationals, which happen towards the end of the year; and the Lions tour, which sees home nations players clubbing together for an assault on the Aussies.

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