Play­ing the long game

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UGBY School turns 450 in 2017 and plans a cal­en­dar of events that in­clude a rugby relay across the globe and a doc­u­men­tary film. The school was founded in 1567 and its legacy in­cludes the in­ven­tion of rugby foot­ball in the 1830s—the apoc­ryphal story cen­tres on pupil Wil­liam Webb El­lis, who, in 1823, ‘with a fine dis­re­gard for the rules… first took the ball in his arms and ran with it’.

The 2017 cel­e­bra­tions in­clude the pub­li­ca­tion of From El­iz­a­beth to El­iz­a­beth, a book on Rugby’s place in his­tory; a year-long ex­hi­bi­tion at the school (from Jan­uary 9); the Global Pass, in which two Rug­beians, in­spired by the jour­ney of the Olympic Torch, will pass a Dhl-tracked rugby ball across the Globe 450 times; an in­ter­na­tional schools’ rugby sevens tour­na­ment in March; a Lon­don street fes­ti­val in April; and a new doc­u­men­tary film fea­tur­ing the 450th Over­ture by Rug­beian Nathan Wil­liamson and a 450th An­niver­sary An­them com­posed by Si­mon John­son, or­gan­ist of St Paul’s Cathe­dral. The an­niver­sary year will end with a thanks­giv­ing ser­vice at Coven­try Cathe­dral. Visit www.rug­ for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion.


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