(also rugby football)
A team game played with an oval ball that may be kicked, carried, and passed from hand to hand. Points are scored by grounding the ball behind the opponents‘ goal line (thereby scoring a try) or by kicking it between the two posts and over the crossbar of the opponents’ goal. See also rugby league and rugby union.
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- Keen frosts had slowly given way to warmer weather and after a fortnight's hold-up rugby football and hockey teams were able to play.
- He was a school monitor, head of Clifton Rise house and played for the first team at both rugby and hockey.
- Football is kicking rugby off the top spot at some of the region's leading public schools.
mid 19th century: named after Rugby School (see Rugby), where the game was first played.