William Webb Ellis was born on 24Th November 1806 and he died in 1872. He was an Anglican clergyman who was famous for inventing the game of Rugby.
William didn’t invent the actual game of rugby but adapted to what we know as rugby today.
Originally they kicked the ball like soccer and he started the tradition of picking up the ball and running with it.
It all started when Mrs Ellis (his mother) sendt William and his older brother Thomas to a school where they could receive a very good education. This school was called Rugby school, that's where William had the idea of changing the sport named rugby.
The winning team at the rugby world cup would receive the a trophy named the William Webb
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