Sports have existed for many centuries. Let’s take for instance the olympic games in ancient Greece, the tournaments of the Middle Ages or the importance of dancing for the Modern period. We can take an interest into the ball games in Antiquity because they were played by greeeks, romans and egyptians. In France in the Middle Ages, a new game the Soule came into existence. This game was played in two halves : only with feet for the first one and with feet and hands for the second one. In the english countries, people play Hurling, a kind of Soule played with a stick.
The rugby bwas born in 1823. During a match of folk-football, a sort of Soule, William Weebs Ellis moved carried the ball in his hands which was forbidden. The movement of this student of Rugby S an english city, gave birth to this sport. A new sport was born : the rugby-football. It was codified a first time in 1846 and exported to others countries such as Autralia in 1863.
In 1873 rugby became a sport in its own right clearly different from football. This samethe first international meeting took place with the match England-Scotland. The rules were definitely settled in 1880 ;
This sport was popularised in many english colonies. However, the majority of players were white people and black pepole or coloured people (from mixed marriages) were evinced.
How dit this new sport succeed to impose itself in South Africa and how with the support of Nelson Mandela’s dit it help a nation ripped by the english colonization and the Aparthied (1958-1991) to become a whole ?