Rugby History started in France and evolved in The UK. The beginning of Rugby was chasing the ball and you can physical stop de opponent with the ball. This game was played in middle ages by villages. It was the most played in South France like a kind of summer games. The ball that they used was a bag of hay in it.
In the 19th century, boarding schools started to play matches of rugby. The rules were made by the students. The rules were different every time. The real rules were created in 1845 they made by students of the Rugby school.
Until 1895 was rugby just an amateur game in England. The game was only played by the men rich people. But in the south of England was rugby a very popular game for workers.
RFU (Rugby Football Union)
The rules were made by the RFU (Rugby Football Union). The workers could not miss their daily wage. Then there was a conflict within the RFU. After that the Noord and South of rugby in England split. Both of de sites where other rules that how the two games of rugby are made Rugby union and Rugby league.
Read more about Rugby History
- History of Rugby Union (Wikipedia)