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Historical Rugby Milestones 1810s

Carl Mullen signs rugby ball for small boy


According to legend, the famous New Zealand dance called the 'haka' dates to about 1810 when chief Te Rauparaha of the Ngati Toa tribe was being chased on New Zealand's north island by his enemies. After hiding in a pit storing sweet potatoes, he climbed out to find someone standing over him. Expecting to be killed, he was so relieved to be greeted instead by a friendly local chief that he burst into the version of the haka the New Zealand team still uses to this day.

"It is death, it is death, it is life it is life; this is the man who enabled me to live as I climb up step by step toward sunlight" .


James Ellis killed in action at battle of Albuera on 16th May and was commended for gallantry. Ann was awarded a pension of 10 pounds for each of her two boys (Thomas 8 and William Webb 6) and moves to Rugby so her sons could be enrolled into Rugby school. By moving to within a radius of 10 miles of the Rugby Clock Tower she would not need to pay for tuition.


William Webb Ellis Enrolls at Rugby School under the headmastership of Dr Wooll and was at town house.



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