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The game of rugby has its roots in the rough football still played at Ashbourne and other places in Britain, and the roughness in spite of innumerable law changes has never gone out of the game, thank goodness. The legend doesn’t mention it, but in 1823 when William Webb-Ellis picked up the ball and ran with it someone on the opposition team almost certainly marked him out for a shoeing later.
At club level the game in Britain is booming: go along to any local side on a Sunday morning and you are very likely to find children (boys and girls together until they finish their Under 12 season) playing mini- and junior rugby: tag for the littlies, then gradual introduction of contact skills as they develop.
Join a rugby club and you have a home-away-from-home for life: lifelong friendships are made when playing for the Fourth XV taking a pasting at the hands of some unheard of touring Welsh unit; but in the bar afterwards they become human too, except for the singing. And the game is made for every shape and size – from 6’ 8” 18-stone locks to 5’6” 11-stone scrum-halves, with most clubs offering teams for the young and athletic to the old and asthmatic.
And who knows, one day you may be up there with the likes of Rory Underwood, Chris Oti, Bill Beaumont, Gareth Edwards, Barry John, Mike Gibson, Andy Irvine or even the hand-clasped one himself Jonny Wilkinson (though with fewer injuries it is hoped). At the top level the game is hard and quick, but the fame and the rewards these days, if not quite up to footballer standard, are pretty attractive. Unlike most prop forwards.

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