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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Feb 10, 2004

William Webb Ellis statue at Rugby School

William Webb Ellis statue at Rugby School

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Country Fixtures Country Results
Durham v Worcs at Chester-le-Street - Jun 26-29
Durham 197 Worcs 213/4 (43 ov)
Essex v Middlesex at Chelmsford - Jun 26-29
Middlesex 246 Essex 106/0 (36 ov)
Glamorgan v Derbyshire at Cardiff - Jun 26-29
Derbyshire 288 Glamorgan 5/0 (2 ov)
Hampshire v Somerset at Southampton - Jun 26-29
Hampshire 211/9d Somerset 18/0 (6 ov)
Northants v Leics at Northampton - Jun 26-29
Northants 261 Leics 65/4 (25 ov)
Notts v Kent at Nottingham - Jun 26-29
Kent 180 Notts 135/3 (42 ov)
Sussex v Gloucs at Hove - Jun 26-29
Sussex 358/9d Gloucs 31/0 (7 ov)
Warwickshire v Lancashire at Birmingham - Jun 26-29
Lancashire 273 Warwickshire 23/1 (13 ov)
Yorkshire v Surrey at Leeds - Jun 26-29
Surrey 374/6 (96 ov)
ENG Women v PAK Women at Leicester - Jun 27
ENG Women 189/2 (30.3/50 ov)
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