I am a complete rugby addict and that is why I added a rugby section to my webpage. I am eleven at the moment I have been playing rugby since the age of six. I have always played rugby for the best club in the world which is obviously Terenure College R.F.C.! I have been to a fistful of Ireland and Leinster rugby matches, but, unfortunately I have always been in the stands. However that may change some day!
I have also developed two webpages that will give you samples of Leinster and Ireland 'player profiles' for the 2013/14 season. The buttons that you can press to access these are over on the right hand side of the page.
A SHORT HISTORY
In 1886 the I.R.B. : International Rugby Board was established by its member unions, which in my opinion made rugby official. However rugby matches had been taking place for many years before 1886. In 1871, the Rugby Football Union was founded and the first set of common rules were established for rugby. That year also saw the first ever international rugby match between England and Scotland. In that match, which took place over 125 years ago, the rules were slightly different, e.g. the teams comprised 20 people aside, so there were 40 players on the pitch at any one time! Another rule which may now seem dangerous, is that players were allowed to carry out 'hacking'. Hacking was where players were allowed to whack the other players as hard as possible on the shins!!! The scoring system has changed considerably since it was implemented in 1890. In that year a try was only worth one point. By 1899 it had increased to three points, and in 1971 a try was worth four points. It made its final transition to its current five points in 1992. In 1895 rugby split into two different sections, Rugby League and Rugby Union, they remain seperate to this day. In 1900 rugby was included in the Olympic Games for the first time, however it was dropped from the games after the 1924 event. In 1987 the first ever Rugby World Cup was held in Australia and New Zealand and the final was played in Eden Park Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand. New Zealand played France in the final with the hosts running out winners by a scoreline of 29 points to 9. In the most recent Rugby World Cup (2011) New Zealand once again played France in the final. They won again but this time by a much tighter margin of 8 points to 7.
THESE ARE THE TOP 25 RUGBY NATIONS IN THE WORLD (as on the 2nd of October 2013)
Below I have indicated for you the world ranking and the nation.