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The Home Of Rugby
Rugby School is known as the spiritual home of rugby. According to a popular version of the game's origins, it was on the school's playing field that in 1823, in a game that could loosely be described as football but was more like a brawl, a pupil called William Webb Ellis caught the ball and, instead of kicking towards the goal, sprinted with it - breaking the code and laying the way for modern-day rugby. Five months from now, on September 18, the Rugby World Cup kicks off in Britain.
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April 22, 2015
A statue of William Webb Ellis, who is widely credited with inventing the game of rugby, stands outside...
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A statue of William Webb Ellis, who is widely credited with inventing the game of rugby, stands outside Rugby School in central England, March 18, 2015. Rugby School is known as the spiritual home of rugby. REUTERS/Neil Hall
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April 22, 2015
Pupils walk to lessons at Rugby School in central England, March 18, 2015. According to a popular version...
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Pupils walk to lessons at Rugby School in central England, March 18, 2015. According to a popular version of the game's origins, it was on the school's playing field that in 1823, in a game that could loosely be described as football but was more like a brawl, a pupil called William Webb Ellis caught the ball and, instead of kicking towards the goal, sprinted with it - breaking the code and laying the way for modern-day rugby. REUTERS/Neil Hall
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April 22, 2015
A pupil poses for a photograph in his uniform, including a tie for the Michell "House" at Rugby School...
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A pupil poses for a photograph in his uniform, including a tie for the Michell "House" at Rugby School in central England, March 18, 2015. Rugby School is known as the spiritual home of rugby. Five months from now, on September 18, the Rugby World Cup kicks off in Britain. REUTERS/Neil Hall
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April 22, 2015
The shadows of pupils throwing a ball are cast near a plaque dedicated to William Web Ellis as they pose...
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The shadows of pupils throwing a ball are cast near a plaque dedicated to William Web Ellis as they pose for another photographer at Rugby school in central England, January 20, 2015. REUTERS/Neil Hall
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April 22, 2015
Pupils take part in rugby practice on the playing fields of Rugby School in central England, January...
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Pupils take part in rugby practice on the playing fields of Rugby School in central England, January 20, 2015. REUTERS/Neil Hall
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April 22, 2015
Pupils take part in rugby practice on the playing fields of Rugby School in central England, January...
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Pupils take part in rugby practice on the playing fields of Rugby School in central England, January 20, 2015. REUTERS/Neil Hall
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April 22, 2015
A pupil catches a ball as he takes part in rugby practice on the playing fields of Rugby School in central...
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A pupil catches a ball as he takes part in rugby practice on the playing fields of Rugby School in central England, January 20, 2015. REUTERS/Neil Hall
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April 22, 2015
A ball lies between a pupil's feet as he takes part in rugby practice on the playing fields of Rugby...
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A ball lies between a pupil's feet as he takes part in rugby practice on the playing fields of Rugby School in central England, January 20, 2015. REUTERS/Neil Hall
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April 22, 2015
A pupil runs with the ball as he takes part in rugby practice on the playing fields of Rugby School in...
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A pupil runs with the ball as he takes part in rugby practice on the playing fields of Rugby School in central England, January 20, 2015. REUTERS/Neil Hall
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April 22, 2015
A pupil holds the ball as he takes part in rugby practice on the playing fields of Rugby School in central...
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A pupil holds the ball as he takes part in rugby practice on the playing fields of Rugby School in central England, January 20, 2015. REUTERS/Neil Hall
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April 22, 2015
Pupils take part in rugby practice on the playing fields of Rugby School in central England, January...
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Pupils take part in rugby practice on the playing fields of Rugby School in central England, January 20, 2015. REUTERS/Neil Hall
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April 22, 2015
Pupils take part in rugby practice on the playing fields of Rugby School in central England, January...
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Pupils take part in rugby practice on the playing fields of Rugby School in central England, January 20, 2015. REUTERS/Neil Hall
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April 22, 2015
Playing fields are seen through the headmaster's sitting room window at Rugby School in central England,...
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Playing fields are seen through the headmaster's sitting room window at Rugby School in central England, March 18, 2015. REUTERS/Neil Hall
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April 22, 2015
Pupils eat a meal in a dining room in a boarding house at Rugby School in central England, March 18,...
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Pupils eat a meal in a dining room in a boarding house at Rugby School in central England, March 18, 2015. REUTERS/Neil Hall
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April 22, 2015
A painting of former pupil, and British Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain hangs on a wall at Rugby...
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A painting of former pupil, and British Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain hangs on a wall at Rugby School in central England, March 18, 2015. REUTERS/Neil Hall
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April 22, 2015
Pupils attend a classics class at Rugby School in central England, March 18, 2015. REUTERS/Neil Hall
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Pupils attend a classics class at Rugby School in central England, March 18, 2015. REUTERS/Neil Hall
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April 22, 2015
Pupils attend a classics lesson in a classroom at Rugby School in central England, March 18, 2015. REUTERS/Neil...
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Pupils attend a classics lesson in a classroom at Rugby School in central England, March 18, 2015. REUTERS/Neil Hall
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April 22, 2015
The burial site of former headmaster Thomas Arnold is seen in the chapel at Rugby School in central England,...
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The burial site of former headmaster Thomas Arnold is seen in the chapel at Rugby School in central England, March 18, 2015. REUTERS/Neil Hall
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April 22, 2015
Pupils attend morning chapel at Rugby School in central England, March 18, 2015. REUTERS/Neil Hall
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Pupils attend morning chapel at Rugby School in central England, March 18, 2015. REUTERS/Neil Hall
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April 22, 2015
Desktops decorated with graffiti by former pupils are displayed at Rugby School in central England, January...
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Desktops decorated with graffiti by former pupils are displayed at Rugby School in central England, January 20, 2015. REUTERS/Neil Hall
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April 22, 2015
The first handwritten rules for rugby football, dated August 28, 1845, are seen in a pupil's minutes...
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The first handwritten rules for rugby football, dated August 28, 1845, are seen in a pupil's minutes book at Rugby School in central England, March 18, 2015. REUTERS/Neil Hall
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April 22, 2015
A printed rulebook from 1864, which was carried by players on the pitch instead of referees, is displayed...
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A printed rulebook from 1864, which was carried by players on the pitch instead of referees, is displayed at Rugby School in central England, March 18, 2015. REUTERS/Neil Hall
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April 22, 2015
A players cap, which is embroidered with the names and dates of games, is displayed at Rugby School in...
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A players cap, which is embroidered with the names and dates of games, is displayed at Rugby School in central England, March 18, 2015. REUTERS/Neil Hall
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April 22, 2015
An original 1850 puntabout rugby football is displayed at Rugby School in central England, March 18,...
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An original 1850 puntabout rugby football is displayed at Rugby School in central England, March 18, 2015. REUTERS/Neil Hall
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April 22, 2015
A cap worn by a pupil when he was presented to Queen Adelaide in 1839 is displayed at Rugby School in...
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A cap worn by a pupil when he was presented to Queen Adelaide in 1839 is displayed at Rugby School in central England, March 18, 2015. REUTERS/Neil Hall
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