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Rugby is a well-known sport in English speaking countries – but not in Switzerland. Have you ever wondered why that is?
If you’ve lived in Switzerland for your whole life, do you even know what Rugby is? Rugby is a contact team sport that originated from England. In Rugby, the two opposing teams try to get the ball behind the try-line of the other team. The try-line is a line at both ends of the field.
In Rugby there are many odd rules such as tackling is allowed but you can only pass the ball backwards unless you kick it with your feet.
William Webb Ellis invented Rugby in 1823. In England the game quickly became very popular and spread through Great Britain. It also spread over to France. In the 1880s, Rugby spread to then English colonies such as New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and other colonies in the Commonwealth Empire where it gained in popularity.
England was the head of the Commonwealth Empire during the time Rugby was invented. Rugby spread automatically when people moved within the Commonwealth Empire.
Now if most English-speaking countries play Rugby, why don’t they play it in America? Don’t they speak English there too? The reason is actually quite simple. Rugby was invented in 1823, 47 years after America became independent. So, the Americans probably just didn’t know about it.
So Rugby is played mostly in English speaking countries, but not America because it spread through the Commonwealth Empire. Even though Swiss people don’t know Rugby very well, I still think it would suit them.
Rugby is a contact sport like Ice Hockey, which is immensely popular among Swiss people and I would love Rugby to be more popular in Switzerland
Submitted by Mortiz, May 27th, 2018
Checked and posted by Maura