Breef History Of Rugby

A commemorative stone at Rugby school claims that 16-year-old student William Webb Ellis, “with a fine disregard for the rules of football…first took the ball in his arms and ran with it, thus originating the distinctive feature of the rugby game.” Lucky he didn’t go to a Comprehensive – he’d have got the showing of his life.Legend has it that the game originated at Rugby school (hence the name) in England, when one of the pupils, William Webb Ellis, picked up the ball during a game of soccer in 1823 and ran with it. Of course, the story is most likely apocryphal since games involving running with a ball in hand had existed for centuries before that.
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A rugby team would take anyone they could convince to play, but as time has gone by, the pace of the game has increased. And thus, one must be in near-peak physical condition to play. But enough of that. For those of us who want to simply watch the game and be able to understand what’s going on, please bear with me. We’ll have to go over some terms before we can talk about what’s going on. Otherwise, it would be like trying to explain the colors to a blind person. No offense meant to the blind community.
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Top 5 bike trails in USA

1.George S. Mickelson Trail, South Dakota
Fat tires were created for adventures like this 109-mile rail trail in South Dakota’s Black Hills, known by the Lakota natives as Paha Sapa and “the heart of everything that is.” It’s a movable feast for the eyes as you pass ponderosa pine forests, prairie lands, rugged mountain terrain, grazing cattle, swimmable creeks, and rocky canyons, feeling with every pedal stroke that you’re traveling on sacred ground. Though the route peaks at 6,100 feet of elevation, it rarely exceeds a four percent grade and diamondback bike reviews is for this.

2.BanksVernonia Trail, Oregon

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Early in the morning, when the soft pink light cascades through the towering Douglas firs and cedar trees, the forest will be all yours. Forty-five minutes west of Portland, the flat, well-paved BVT is Oregon’s first rail-to-trail and follows a 21-mile line that dates back to the 1920s.

3.American River Bike Trail, CaliforniaAmerican River at your side, you’ll pedal much of the way under a canopy of trees, past California poppies, turkeys, lush vegetation, and over Guy West Bridge, a mini replica of the Golden Gate Bridge. The smooth paved route is simply spellbinding. Finish the ride back in Sacramento at beloved, bike-friendly Hot Italian for a rewarding slice of pie.

4.Katy Trail, Missouri:
Spanning 225 miles across the state of Missouri, from Clinton to St. Charles, the Katy Trail is one of the longest rail-trails in the country and a great escape for thousands of bikers who ride here every year. For those seeking a taste of the trail, Amtrak charges $10 per bike (reserve in advance with ticket purchase) and will drop two-wheelers near some of the 25 trailheads on the MKT (Missouri Kansas Texas Railroad); there are also numerous inn-to-inn tours available. If you have five days, cross the Katy Trail off your American Bike Adventures Bucket List and join the annual Katy Trail Ride in the summer or plan a self-guided fall trip.

5.Island Line Rail Trail, Vermont

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It’s the closest thing to walking on water. Cruising up a narrow gravel path, you see the lapping Lake Champlain right there on either side of your feet, topped with big blue sky and views of the Green Mountains and Adirondacks. Though the celebrated mountain bike trails of the Northeast Kingdom are just a few hours from here in Burlington, this is as pure a Vermont moment as one can get (remember to keep a packet of Ted King’s Untapped energy gel made with the state’s maple syrup in your jersey pocket). The 14-mile Island Line Rail Trail is a great introductory ride to the area that connects the Burlington Bike Path,