- 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.
rugby, racing, and beer
- NZ The three traditional interests of the stereotypical New Zealand man: Clark stopped trying to bond over rugby, racing, and beerModelled on the phrase wine, women, and songMore example sentences
- There are certainly things that interest me more about New Zealand than rugby, racing and beer.
- The old cult of rugby, racing and beer no longer holds sway.
- Beer has come a long way and there are now plenty of them being lovingly crafted all over the nation of rugby, racing and beer.
Mid 19th century: named after Rugby School (see Rugby), where the game was first played.
The game of rugby is named after Rugby School in Warwickshire, England, the public school where it was first played. According to tradition, in a school football match in 1823 a boy named William Webb Ellis first took the ball in his arms and ran with it, so originating the game. The informal name rugger was invented at Oxford University in, it seems, 1893. At the time there was a student craze for adding –er to the end of words, which gave us words such as soccer, brekkers (for ‘breakfast’), and preggers (for ‘pregnant’), as well as some that lasted only for a year or so, like Pragger-Wagger for the Prince of Wales, and even wagger-pagger-bagger for ‘wastepaper basket’. Ironically, the craze started at Rugby School, home of rugby.
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