Allegedly, while playing Association Football (do any of you know that soccer come from this term; Association football?) at Rugby_School of England in 1823, William_Webb_Ellis picked up the ball in his hands and ran with it.
This sparked an interest, leading to the creation of rugby. Cambridge University immediately adopted the game, popularized it and made local rules. The game grew popular at area schools and in 1871, ten years after the common rules of soccer were set, the first Rugby_Union was founded in London and firm rules of the game were established.
was established in the spring of 1966. The founders who had just returned from college, where they were introduced to rugby, wanted to continue the sport they found so appealing and create a local presence for Rugby. For more information about The Aardvarks, please visit their website.
The Rochester Colonials Rugby Football Club was founded in 1980 with the aim of promoting both the physical dynamic team environment and the excellent social society enjoyed by the rugby community the world over. The Colonials are a powerhouse of D3 Men's rugby in the Northeast and enjoy playing around 20 home and away games of the Union code per year. Game, practice and social schedules are regularly updated on the club's online forum and you are able to converse immediately with many members of the Rochester Colonials about any aspects of rugby you'd care to discuss. The Colonials are committed to providing rugby opportunities to people of all ages and abilities and frequently host many high profile rugby events for the Rochester rugby community, including, but not limited to, the NY State Collegiate Upstates Tournament and the USA Rugby Men's Collegiate All-Star Championships. For more information please visit the online forum or send email to <rochester_colonials AT yahoo DOT com>
was established in 1987. They are a group of 20 - 25 women, made up of a mix of students and professionals. Their seasons run from late August to early November and from late March to early June; they continue to play/practice over the winter and summer months. They are involved in matches not only in the Greater Rochester Area, but regularly attend tournaments held annually in Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Cape Cod, Canada and Lake Placid to name a few. For more information about The Renegades, please visit them at www.RochesterRugby.com
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2007-04-17 14:54:04 Rugby is awesome, although my gimpy right ankle doesn't agree! There are also teams at several of the area colleges—I know for a fact that UR has both men and women's teams, and I know RIT has a women's team (one of whom is responsible for breaking my ankle!) I'm not sure about the other schools. —RachelBlumenthal