A plaque at the Rugby School in England commemorates "the exploit of William Webb Ellis, who with a fine disregard for the rules of football as played in his time, first took the ball in his arms and ran with it, thus originating the distinctive feature of the Rugby Game." A.D. 1823
Tradition and Values
Rugby is a varied and an ever evolving sport full of fine traditions and supported by strong values. In 2009, the International Rugby Board (IRB), now known as World Rugby, defined the following as "character-building characteristics of rugby":
- INTEGRITY: Integrity is central to the fabric of the game and is generated through honesty and fair play.
- PASSION: Rugby people have a passionate enthusiasm for the game. Rugby generates excitement, emotional attachment and a sense of belonging to the global rugby family.
- SOLIDARITY: Rugby provides a unifying spirit that leads to life-long friendships, camaraderie, teamwork and loyalty which transcends cultural, geographic, political and religious differences.
- DISCIPLINE: Discipline is an integral part of the game both on and off the field and is reflected through adherence to the laws, the regulations and rugby’s core values.
- RESPECT: Respect for team-mates, opponents, match officials and those involved in the game is paramount.