AskDefine | Define rugby

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rugby n : a form of football played with an oval ball [syn: rugby football, rugger]

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see Rugby


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1823: Named after Rugby School in Warwickshire where William Webb Ellis ‘with a fine disregard for the rules of football as played in his time, first took the ball in his arms and ran with it, thus originating the distinctive feature of the rugby game’. From the plaque at the school.


  1. Sport from Rugby, England where players in a team of 15 attempt to score points by touching an ovid ball to the ground in the area past their opponent’s territory or kicking the ball between goalposts and over a crossbar
    The scrum is a distinctive element of rugby.



  • Croatian: ragbi
  • Dutch: rugby
  • Finnish: rugby
  • French: rugby
  • Tongan: aka pulu
  • Russian: регби (régbi)

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rugby in Welsh: Rygbi
rugby in German: Rugby (Begriffsklärung)
rugby in Spanish: Rugby (desambiguación)
rugby in French: Rugby (homonymie)
rugby in Korean: 럭비 (동음이의)
rugby in Latvian: Regbijs (nozīmju atdalīšana)
rugby in Dutch: Rugby
rugby in Norwegian: Rugby
rugby in Polish: Rugby
rugby in Portuguese: Rugby (desambiguação)
rugby in Simple English: Rugby
rugby in Finnish: Rugby (täsmennyssivu)
rugby in Volapük: Rugby
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