[WORLDKINGS] On this day - January 26, 2023 – The 152nd Anniversary of the Rugby Football Union established in Britain (1871)


(Worldkings.org) On the 26th January 1871, a meeting was called at the Pall Mall restaurant to form the rugby football union and agree on a set of rules which clubs would follow when playing each other. Representatives from 21 clubs met, resulting in the formation of the Rugby Football Union.

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) is the national governing body for rugby union in England. It was founded in 1871, and was the sport's international governing body prior to the formation of what is now known as World Rugby (WR) in 1886. It promotes and runs the sport, organises international matches for the England national team, and educates and trains players and officials.


On 4 December 1870, Edwin Ash of Richmond and Benjamin Burns of Blackheath published a letter in The Times suggesting that "those who play the rugby-type game should meet to form a code of practice as various clubs play to rules which differ from others, which makes the game difficult to play".

On 26th January 1871, at the Pall Mall Restaurant on London’s Regent Street, a meeting took place between representatives from 21 clubs, including: Addison, Belsize Park, Blackheath, Civil Service, Clapham Rovers, Flamingoes, Gipsies, Guy's Hospital, Harlequins, King's College, Lausanne, The Law Club, Marlborough Nomads, Mohicans, Queen's House, Ravenscourt Park, Richmond, St Paul's, Wellington College, West Kent, and Wimbledon Hornets.


These representatives were young men, the average age being 23, many were club captains and together they created the world’s first governing body for rugby football. As a result of this meeting, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) was founded. Algernon Rutter was elected as the first president of the RFU, and Edwin Ash was elected as treasurer. Three lawyers who were Rugby School alumni (Rutter, Holmes and L.J. Maton) drew up the first laws of the game, which were approved in June 1871.

They decided on an annual subscription of five shillings and selected a team of 20 players to take on Scotland in the first ever international contest.


According to Wikipedia & englandrugby.com

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