Rugby is a form of football. The first reference to a ball of any kind was in 1550. However, it is unknown exactly when rugby started. One theory is that in 1823, rugby was created at the Rugby Boys’ School in England. William Webb Ellis did not regard the football rules and ran with the football, thus creating the new code of rugby. Another theory is that Thomas Willis, one of the cofounders of the Australia Rules Football, ignored football rules and made a new code in Australia in 1858, rugby. The Sydney University Club was the first rugby club in Australia. Rugby was controlled by rugby union bodies connected to the English RFU, or the Rugby Football Union. Rugby players and supporters in Sydney and Brisbane did not like the attitude of their rugby authorities. It died down a little. However, a man named Messenger arrived in 1906, and rugby became popular again. However, the players were not happy about where the money went. Messenger secretly agreed to be on the professional rugby league. The initiation of the rugby league in Sydney stopped the Australian rules from controlling the large number of people working and overwhelming rugby union. Some think that rugby, along with soccer and the Victorian rules, was one of the football codes that had both support and interest the entire time they were played. Sydney was a sporting city in 1907 and 1908, when the Rugby League first arrived. The oldest rugby union in Australia is the Sydney University Club, which was formed in 1864. By the following year, there was enough clubs to form a Sydney Metropolitan competition. The Southern Rugby Union was created in that year. Rugby is played throughout Australia. As you can see, competitions from various clubs in the country brought together a common desire.
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