According to legend, William Webb Ellis
, a pupil at Rugby School, picked up the ball and ran with it during a school football match in 1823, thus creating the rugby-style of play.
During his headship, the game of rugby was created - though the usual story of a handball rule being broken by William Webb Ellis
during a football match seems to be entirely mythical and is not recorded before 1876.
Appropriately enough, since the new site is around the distance of a Jonny Wilkinson touch-finder away from the spot where William Webb Ellis
first picked the ball up and ran, England's World Cup-winning fly half also joins Dallaglio and Webb Ellis in the Hall of Fame from Thursday.
RUGBY Museum - in the town where William Webb Ellis
first picked the ball up and ran in 1823 - will next week become the first home of rugby union's hall of fame.
Tommy also learns Rugby School's fascinating 450-year history and discovers that many famous former pupils made their mark in the world throughout the centuries, from writer Lewis Carol, the author of Alice in Wonderland, to William Webb Ellis
, founder of Rugby football.
The passionate fan of the sport joined a cast of famous rugby faces in a short film recreating the moment when William Webb Ellis
He began studying at Barcelona's School of Fine Arts at 13 | Rugby College student William Webb Ellis
invented rugby at 17 | Wayne Rooney made his Everton debut at 16 and
After lifting the William Webb Ellis
Cup, he knew the time was right.
And after returning home following their superb World Cup final win over Australia at Twickenham, the All Blacks took the William Webb Ellis
trophy to Collins' grave as they took time out from their post-tournament celebrations to remember one of their country's best ever players.
The History of Rugby was designed and produced as a homage to William Webb Ellis
, the man who allegedly invented rugby in 1823.
Forget the biggest surprise in World Cups this was the biggest upset ever seen on a pitch ever since William Webb Ellis
picked up the ball and ran in 1823.
A performance with the theme of 'Breaking New Ground' retells the history of the sport from the very beginning, including the fateful moment at Rugby School in 1823 when William Webb Ellis
quite literally picked up the ball and ran with it.