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William Webb Ellis      

Full name William Webb Ellis

Born November 24, 1806, Salford, Lancashire

Died January 24, 1872, Mentone, France (aged 65 years 61 days)

Major teams Oxford University

Education Rugby School; Oxford University

William Webb Ellis
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 1 1 0 12 12 12.00 0 0 0 0
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
First-class 1 - - - - - - - - - - -
Career statistics
Only First-class Oxford University v Cambridge University at Lord's, Jun 4-5, 1827 scorecard
Profile

William Webb Ellis was a moderate cricketer whose only first-class appearance came in the 1827 Varsity match - the inaugural contest - when he made 12 runs. But he is better known as the man who is alleged to have invented rugby when he "picked up the ball and ran" during a football practice at Rugby School in 1823. The story is almost certainly apocryphal, and Webb Ellis himself knew nothing about it as it wasn't mentioned until 1876, four years after his death.

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William Webb Ellis statue at Rugby School

William Webb Ellis statue at Rugby School

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