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JUL 2018

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RUGBY The Rise Of BY PAIGE TOWNLEY The game of rugby is believed to have been created in the early 1800s by William Webb Ellis, while playing at Rugby School in Warwickshire, England, according to A History of Rugby School. Students at the school began playing the new sport and spreading the word, and by 1871 the Rugby Football Union was founded in London. For the past century and a half, the sport has grown and amassed a large following. While many team sports in the last few years have experienced somewhat of a decline, rugby has thrived. According to the Sports & Fitness Industry Association's 2017 annual report on U.S. Trends in Team Sports, "the fast- est-growing sport in the United States by five-year participation growth percentage is rugby." t SPORT Report July 2018 26 www.sportseventsmagazine.com Justin Purdy Glendale, Colo. is home to the Glendale Raptors.

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