Because France prohibits alcohol sponsorship of sport, the Guinness Six Nations rugby championship is branded there as 'Six Nations Greatness' irishtimes.com/business/i…
Michael Jones, one of the all-time greatest rugby players, was a devout Christian, and didn't play on Sundays (which made him miss many World Cup matches). When asked how a religious person can be such a fierce tackler, he replied with a quote from the Bible: "It's better to give than receive" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
Today I learned of NZ rugby player Wayne Shelford, who in a match against France had a testicle pop from his scrotum mid-match. Upon realizing this he insisted on returning to the game after stitching his own wound back up. theversed.com/10170/his-s…
Today I learned of the Barassi Line, an imaginary line that runs from the eastern end of the NSW/Vic border to the northern end of the QLD/NT border and splits the country into Rugby dominant and Aussie Rules dominant football regions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
Today I learned there is a horse riding game that is a mixture between polo, rugby and Basketball called horse ball. It started not with a ball but with a live duck. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hor…
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…
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/…
British sprinter Dwain Chambers was banned from the Olympics for doping, changed sports to American football and then Rugby League en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dwa…
Today I learned about Calcio Storico, a game played only in Florence. It's a mix of soccer, rugby and wrestling played in historical costume. Only three games are played per year, tactics such as head-butting, punching, elbowing, and choking are permitted and there's no such thing as a game without injuries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cal…
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/…
Today I learned about Calcio Fiorentino - A 27 on 27 sport fusing football, rugby, and literal fighting youtube.com/watch?v=qeuU_…
The Soviet Union women's rugby team sold smuggled vodka to pay for their 1991 World Cup expenses and Customs didn't issue any enforcement due to a language barrier en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sov…
Peter Moore, current CEO of Liverpool Football Club, used to teach physical education and coached rugby in Llangollen, North Wales. He is also known for having held high profile positions in companies such as SEGA, Microsoft and Electronic Arts. youtube.com/watch?v=YcIPV…
Idi Amin, before becoming dictator of Uganda, was a prominent rugby player. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idi…
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…
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
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…
: 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…
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/…
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 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…
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…
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 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…
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/…
The inventor of Murderball (wheelchair Rugby), Duncan Campbell, is known as "The Quadfather." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dun…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
The United States is the current reigning Rugby Olympic Champion (1924), and the only team to win gold twice. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rug…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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
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 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…
"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
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…
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…
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 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…

Please note that this site uses cookies to personalise content and adverts, to provide social media features, and to analyse web traffic. Click here for more information.