Club Sport of the Week: Women’s Rugby
What do Sean Connery, John F Kennedy, Daniel Craig, Chris Farley, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Javier Bardem, and J.R.R. Tolkien all have in common? They all have played rugby! Although they played men’s rugby, the rules are the same for women’s rugby. The pitch, rules, and equipment are all identical, though the histories of the two are very different. No one knows for sure when women’s rugby began, as public reaction to women playing such a physical, contact sport was extremely negative, and even violent. The first report of a women’s rugby game was found in the Liverpool Mercury in June, 1881 and described games with touchdowns, proving at least a version of rugby was played.