Rugby Football

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Rugby Football

Post by Bobinwales » Sat Oct 31, 2015 3:48 pm

In a conversation today, the day of the final of the Rugby World Cup, I was asked if I knew the reason that a rugby ball is shaped as it is. Luckily, I do know and the person I told suggested that I write it here so that this little piece of history can be shared.
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When at that wonderful moment in Rugby School, William Webb Ellis picked up the ball and ran with it, 'Showing a fine disregard for the rules of football as played in his time' he arrived at the end of the pitch showed the referee the ball and asked, "What shall I do with it now?". And because of what the referee suggested, it was decided that a rugby ball should be the shape it is.
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Re: Rugby Football

Post by BonnieL » Thu Nov 12, 2015 8:19 pm

Is that a British joke?
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Re: Rugby Football

Post by Bobinwales » Thu Nov 12, 2015 8:45 pm

Indeed it is, but I am sure that with a bit of thought it could be adapted to gridiron.
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Re: Rugby Football

Post by Erik_Kowal » Thu Nov 12, 2015 9:48 pm

The punchline is elliptical, similar to the rugby ball.
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