14-yr-old Aidan Jackson seated 10,500 teddy bears in a rugby stadium to honor his friend Olivia Alice Walker who died at age 15 and to raise money for a Foundation in her name. He raised more funds by doing a swim equivalent to the English Channel over 3 months; the two had met at a swim club. liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/…
In 1912 the New Zealand rugby team toured the US west coast and played matches agaisnt several universities. Their dominant wins in every match (allowing only 1 try and scoring 457 points across 12 games) is considered a factor in the decline of rugby in America. en.espn.co.uk/newzealand/…
In its early days, football was primarily played in colleges and was extremely violent due to the rugby style nature of the rules. It was so violent that in 1905 alone, there were 19 fatalities that US President Teddy Roosevelt threatened to shut down the sport unless changes were made. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Florence,Italy have had a championship in June for the past 400 years that is a combination of rugby & mixed martial arts,using a ball like a basketball. youtu.be/8_tn5Ji0nac
: Tazer Ball is a combination of soccer and rugby in which players could shock each other with stun guns. The game puts two teams of four players on a field. Players have to get a large ball into a net while avoiding their opponents, all of whom are armed with tazers. melmagazine.com/en-us/sto…
In 1905 the Welsh rugby team responded to the traditional New Zealand pre-match haka by singing. Within seconds the 40,000 capacity crowd joined the players in song. The tradition of singing anthems before international fixtures had been invented. sportinglandmarks.co.uk/s…
U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel and Astronaut Ann McClain's callsign is "Annimal," a nickname dating back to her time playing on the U.S.A. Rugby Women's National Team houstoniamag.com/articles…
In 2005, McDonald's tried to stop a Queensland lawyer, Malcolm McBratney, from using the name 'McBrat' on the shorts of a rugby team uniform. McDonald's claimed the McBrat name was too similar to its McKids trademark since the word 'brat' is another term for 'kid'. worldtrademarkreview.com/…
At the temperature -20Β°C or below Emperor Penguins form a huddle (like rugby players) to stay warm. The temperature inside the huddle sometimes gets so hot (37Β°C) that some penguins come out and eat ice to cool off a bit. bbc.com/earth/story/20151…
Today I learned of Speedgate - the world's first sport generated by artificial intelligence. It is described as a mixture of soccer, rugby, and football. The AI generated a complete set of rules, with the end goal of scoring points by kicking or passing a ball through a gate at either end of a field. news.developer.nvidia.com…
The Argentinian rugby team is called the Pumas due to a South African journalist mistaking the animal on their jersey during a tour in 1965. Their symbol is a jaguar, but the nickname stuck. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arg…
Today I learned of β€œfieldball,” a brutally violent, rugby-like sport played at the U.S. Naval Academy. Elbowing, tripping, and head-butting are common ways of punishing the ball-carrier. Students claim it’s only played two places: the academy and the New York State Penitentiary. militarytimes.com/2013/03…
Clarkson faked all the Reliant Robin roll overs during it's segment on Top Gear. Clarson writes: "A normal Reliant Robin will not roll unless a drunken rugby team is on hand. " driving.co.uk/car-reviews…
The inventor of Murderball (wheelchair Rugby), Duncan Campbell, is known as "The Quadfather." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dun…
The New Zealand All Blacks rugby team refused to play in South Africa for 10 years due to their forced exclusion of Maori players. This ended in 1970 when South Africa deemed Maori players "honourary whites" and allowed them to play en.wikipedia.org/wiki/196…
Today I learned about Lito Ramirez, a player on the Philippine National Rugby Team who was an orphan and a street child, who while growing up on the streets was addicted to sniffing a brand of glue, called Rugby. news.abs-cbn.com/sports/0…
Today I learned of Marx Jones and Grant Cole, who threw flares and flour bombs from a Cessna aeroplane onto Eden Park in an effort to disrupt the final match of the New Zealand vs South Africa rugby tour nzhistory.govt.nz/media/v…
During the 1976 Montreal Summer Olympics 29 countries boycotted the games after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) refused to ban New Zealand after their rugby team tour in 1976 South Africa en.wikipedia.org/wiki/197…
Today I learned about Kopkari, a traditional Uzbek sport akin to rugby, which is played on horseback, using a decapitated goat as the ball. youtu.be/KoH2bU9xADg?t=62…
Today I learned of John Hopoate, a notorious Rugby League player who has a habit of sticking his finger up the opposition's bums | He is also known as a heavyweight boxer, using very unorthodox methods such as wrestling his opponents en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Some Welsh politicians have tried to stop fans from singing "Delilah" by Tom Jones as an unofficial anthem at rugby matches because it "glorifies violence towards women" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Del…
There is a Paralympic sport called wheelchair rugby, commonly referred to as β€œMurderball”. The sport is a combination of rules from wheelchair basketball, ice hockey, handball, and rugby. Yes, you can knock other people out of their chairs... youtu.be/g1_aUAGvWK4
Today I learned about one of the rarest plays in (American) football: The "Fair Catch Kick". After a team calls a fair catch, they can opt to attempt a free kick from the spot of the catch to try for a field goal. Adapted from Rugby, only 24 recorded regular game attempts with 6 successes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fai…
There's an Italian sport called Calcio Storico that is a combination of rugby, football, and bare-knuckle fighting. It's known as the 'most violent sport' in the world. theguardian.com/football/…
As well as the popular All Blacks rugby team, other national teams in New Zealand include the All Whites (soccer), Tall Blacks (basketball), Black Sticks (field hockey), and Ice Blacks (ice hockey). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spo…
During New Zealand's first rugby match vs England, an English player's shorts got ripped off. The NZ players formed a circle so he could change. Another Englishman picked up the ball and scored. Later the English demanded an apology after NZ criticised the referee, which was "unsportsmanlike". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/188…
I’m 2015 49 famous NZ actors, comedians, All Blacks players and musical artists came together to create a charity song that doubles as a support song for the All Blacks (NZ national rugby team) and a way to raise money and awareness for Batten disease. Children helped them write the song. youtube.com/watch?v=tcwuP…
Today I learned about "Underwater Rugby", an underwater contact sport where 2 teams of 6 freedive down to the bottom of a pool and score goals. youtube.com/watch?v=Tm0DC…
In 2005 a Welsh rugby fan boasted to friends that if Wales won the match they were watching he would cut his testicles off. When they won he went home, cut off his testicles and returned with them to show everyone in the bar scotsman.com/sport/more-i…
"soccer" was actually concocted by the Brits to differentiate Rugby Football and Association Football. It was a trend then to add "-er" thus soccer. ti.me/2N7ppVu
The United States is the current reigning Rugby Olympic Champion (1924), and the only team to win gold twice. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rug…
At temperature below -20 degrees C emperor penguins form a huddle like the rugby players to stay warm. The temperature inside the huddle sometimes gets so hot (37 degree C) that some penguins come out or eat ice to cool off a bit. bbc.com/earth/story/20151…
In 1919 the Australian rugby league team played in brown jerseys so that all of the green dye could go to the army nrl.com/news/2018/10/12/a…
In 2009, a British rugby was discovered to be faking injuries with fake blood capsules so that they could make extra substitutions en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blo…
Despite being 2 different countries on a single island, the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland play in the same rugby team : Ireland national rugby union. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ire…
Scientists in Antarctica have set up a rugby pitch to play on when they want to relax. They have set up teams of American and New Zealand researchers to compete each year for the Ross Island Cup, which New Zealand have won 26 years in a row. blogs.discovermagazine.co…
In 1982 the University of Pittsburgh rugby team was caught using human heads stolen from the schools anatomy lab to warm up before a game. wesclark.com/rrr/heads.ht…
After the US defeated favored France for the rugby gold medal at the 1924 Paris Olympics, French fans invaded the field. Police and French players defended the Americans from the crowd. Boos and hisses interrupted the US national anthem at the medal ceremony. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rug…
In 1912 the Australian national rugby team played 16 games in the US and Canada. It played poorly because players stayed in college frat houses and partied too much; one member said "We were never in bed. That was the trouble. I've never had such a time in my life". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/191…
In 2001, John Hopoate was suspended from Rugby for twelve weeks because he "had been inserting his fingers into the backsides of several players" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Rugby (British public school which invented the sport) had a mutiny in 1797, and blew off the door of the headmaster's office. One of the ringleaders was a future General of the British army. newhistories.group.shef.a…
A college rugby club at the University of Pittsburgh was banned for using human heads for balls during a pre-game practice. upi.com/Archives/1982/06/…
Dan Crowley worked as an undercover cop while he managed to convince the sports media to keep his secret, not publishing his photo or giving away details of his day job during his highly successful rugby career - wearing the Queensland Reds jersey 125 times and playing in three World Cups. abc.net.au/local/stories/…
In preparation for the 2019 Rugby World Cup and 2020 Olympics Japan is removing Manji from their tourists maps. So that tourists don't confuse them for swastikas. theguardian.com/world/201…
Fiji's first Olympic medal was gold. They earned it in the 2016 Olympics in Rugby Sevens. usatoday.com/story/sports…
Today I learned of Keith Murdoch, New Zealand rookie rugby star who got kicked out of tournament in Europe, flew to the Australian outback, and essentially disappeared for the rest of his life. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kei…
An Italian sport called Calcio Storico, which is basically a mix of rugby and MMA, is so violent that several deaths have occurred during play. In the sport's early days, bulls were occasionally released onto the field to speed the game along. unilad.co.uk/sport/calcio…
Fiji issued 7-dollar (FJD) banknotes after their rugby 7s team won the gold medal at the Rio Olymipcs en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fij…
Australia's first Indigenous lawyer was also the first Indigenous playing rugby union for the Australian national team. He didn't participate in the 1963 South Africa tour as he didn't want to be considered "honorary white" abc.net.au/news/2017-10-1…
In 2016, rugby teams Sunwolves (from Japan) and Los Jaguares (from Argentina) joined a league with teams from New Zealand, Australia, and South Africa. Over the 15-match season, the Sunwolves travelled 80207 km and Los Jaguares travelled 67604 km, while the other teams averaged ~28000 km americasrugbynews.com/201…
When he first met Emilia Clark Jason Momoa "rugby tackled her to the floor yelling 'WIFEY!!'" winteriscoming.net/2012/0…
The term "soccer" was coined as an abbreviation of "Association Football," to distinguish from "Rugby Football," and was used internationally. It wasn't until the late 1900s that England and Australia began to use "football" commonly, and America never changed its name for the sport. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nam…
New Zealand rugby player Wayne 'buck' Shelford took a cleat to the nuts during a rugby game which ripped open his scrotum leaving his testicles hanging, he got them stitched up on the bench and continued the game. therugbyforum.com/feature…
There was a rugby player famous for slipping his thumb into peoples bumholes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
There was a Rugby fan in South Wales who said "If Wales wins, ill cut my own balls off!" They did win, and the man went outside and cut his own balls off. To this day, he has no idea why he did it. smh.com.au/articles/2005/…
In the 2016 Olympics, the US will be defending the rugby gold medal en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rug…
In 2013, Leeds United (football) had a manager named Brian McDermott and a 25 year old winger named Ryan Hall. At the same time, Leeds Rhinos (Rugby League) had a manager named Brian McDermott and a 25 year old winger named Ryan Hall en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
New Zealand rugby player Wayne "Buck" Shelford took a cleat to the crotch during a game and ripped open his scrotum leaving his testicle dangling, he got it sewed up on the bench and continued the game. news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/…
During a game of Rugby, Shelford had his scrotum torn open and had one testicle hanging out and just calmly walked off field to have his sack stitched back together and continued playing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Way…
A former South African rugby player went on an axe-murdering rampage in a revenge attack for the gang rape of his daughter, who contracted HIV as a result. telegraph.co.uk/news/worl…
Puig 'Pipette' Aubert, a French Rugby League player, got his nickname from smoking on the field. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pui…
Wheelchair rugby was originally called "murderball" because how rough the sport is. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whe…
The Irish national rugby team is made up of players from the whole island of Ireland, not just the Republic, unlike eg Soccer, Olympics teams en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ire…
Some rugby teams use an intimidating dance called haka, that is meant to scare their opponents before the match. youtu.be/yiKFYTFJ_kw
Calcio storico--the most brutal and violent team sport in the world (think rugby, MMA, and soccer/football combined)--dates from the 16th century, and is still played today. youtube.com/watch?v=obneC…
Munster Rugby is the first Irish team (including the Irish National Team) to beat the All Blacks (New Zealand) in a competitive match in 1978. 38 years later (2016), the Irish National Team finally got their first win over AB. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
The tradition of singing national anthems before sporting events started before a rugby game in 1905, when the Welsh captain lead the crowd in singing the Welsh National Anthem in response to the New Zealand team's Haka en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rug…
Today I learned of a rugby player who suffered a torn scrotum and lost four teeth. After asking the physio to stitch him back up he returened to play only to be given a concussion and forced to watch the rest of the game from the bench. He claims to have no recollection of this game. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Way…
In 2005, New Zealand's prime minister was rushed to the stadium at speeds of up 170km/h to watch the New Zealand vs Australia Rugby match. The driver and two police officers were fined $NZ675. The minister claimed she was unaware of the speeds as she was reading the paper. New Zealand won 16-7. smh.com.au/news/world/cou…
After betting "If Wales win I'll cut my own balls off" a welsh rugby fan actually castrated himself and then took his severed testicles in a bag back to his mates to proof it. news.sky.com/story/327085…
Rugby player Wayne Selford had his scrotum torn open during a match. He had it sewn back together and went out to finish the match until a blow to the head left him concussed and he had to leave the field. Shelford has no memory of this game. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Way…
The first NBA game and the first American rugby style college football game were both played in Canada en.wikipedia.org/wiki/187…
There is not one openly gay athlete in the NFL, NBA, MLB, or NHL. The only openly gay professional athlete plays Rugby sportsillustrated.cnn.com…
When the Rugby Football Union formed in 1871, Wasps' representative missed the meeting, reportedly because he went to the wrong venue and got drunk. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rug…
Many of the national sports teams of New Zealand have nicknames that are base off of their Rugby team, the All Blacks. Some of these team names include the DiamondBlacks (baseball), IronBlacks (football), Tall Blacks (basketball) and Black Cocks (Badminton). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
The United States has won more Olympic Gold Medals in Rugby than in Baseball en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Underwater rugby is a sport underwaterrugby.kinja.com…
Peter Dinklage, in his acceptance speech for the Golden Globe, called attention to the plight of Martin Henderson, a dwarf who was crippled after being attacked by a rugby player outside a bar. imdb.com/name/nm0227759/b…
Hollywood almost made a movie about the life of the Welsh rugby player Gareth Thomas, but they wanted to set it in Ireland instead due to fears that American audiences would not 'get' Wales. irishpost.co.uk/film-insp…
If a hypothetical trophy was awarded to the winner of the first international Rugby match ever played and subsequently contested in each test played by the holder, the current holder would be Japan. lassen.co.nz/pickandgo.ph…
Aston Villa FC was started by a church and their first match was against a rugby team. They played ruby rules for the first half and football rules for the second! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ast…
Rugby was invented in 1823 when a student at Rugby School in Great Britain playing football (soccer) broke the rules and picked up the ball to run it past the goal line. olympic.org/rugby
Today I learned of Chris Birch, a rugby player who transformed from a straight man to a gay man after he suffered a stroke en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
A New Zealand rugby player was involved in a ruck that resulted in his scrotum being severed and his testicle hanging loose. He asked the team doctor to stitch his scrotum and continued playing the game until he was taken out after sustaining a subsequent, unrelated concussion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Way…
2 fans won tickets to the rugby in Australia and wore blackface in tribute to their favourite player. Qantas removed a photo of them from their site and apologised when Twitter users took offence. The player said: "I don't know what all the fuss is about...that sort of reaction is just silly." brisbanetimes.com.au/rugb…
There is an aquatic equivalent of rugby. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Und…
Today I learned of Michael O'Brien, the streaker that started the trend in the sporting world. He ran naked into the field during an England vs. France Rugby Union match at Twickenham before being arrested by the local police. lalitkumar.in/blog/worlds…
English rugby fans sing "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" as a rallying song bbc.com/news/uk-england-l…
Prize Money for Rugby World Cup Winners by the International Rugby Board is $0s rugbyworldcup2015lives.co…
Rugby player Jonah Lomu had New Zealand's loudest car stereo and that he hoped to one day break the world record kidzworld.com/article/879…
The last team to win gold in rugby in the Olympics was the USA, which taught a bunch of All-American Football players how to play it during the boat ride to the games. wbur.org/onlyagame/2016/0…
"soccer" and "football" were used interchangeably for many years. Both words derive from Association Football: The word soccer is an abbreviation of association, and distinguishes between other types of football played at the time, like Rugby Football. How the discrepancy arose is unknown. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nam…
Rugby was so popular in South Africa that in 1902 there was a temporary ceasefire in the Second Boer War so that a game could be played between British and Boer forces. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sou…
Calcio fiorentino AKA calcio storico is an ancient Italian game similar to American football, rugby, and MMA all rolled into one. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cal…
The rugby world cup is the third largest sporting event in the world after the FIFA world cup and the summer Olympics en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rug…
The New Zealand rugby team doesn't shake hands before a match. Instead they do this. youtube.com/watch?v=YS_iB…
The first man to score an International Rugby Try is officially part of the Harry Potter Universe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ang…
Rugby was so popular in South Africa that in 1902 there was a temporary ceasefire in the Second Boer War so that a game could be played between British and Boer forces (Afrikaners). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spr…
Rugby player Wayne Shelford had his scrotum ripped open during a game, had it stitched back up at the side of the pitch, and then resumed play. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Way…
People who play a team sports(ie. rugby) are more likely to be employed, whereas outdoor activities like canoeing were found to correlate with a higher income qz.com/137851/people-who-…

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