1823 Rugby developed through an infraction of the rules by a Rugby School boy, William Webb Ellis, during a soccer match.
1839 Students at Cambridge University gave it a trial during an intramural game.
1848 The first code of the game was formulated and Rugby soon acquired wide recognition.
1863 Official parting of the ways between Rugby & Association Football.
(Today RFU & FA).
1871 Twenty one amateur clubs established the Rugby Football Union and drew up the original lawsof the game. First International Game: Scotland v England, Raeburn Place in Edinburgh, March 27th.
1873 Formation of Scottish Rugby Union (SRU) on March 3rd.
1874 Formation of UCC, Irish Rugby Union.
1881 Formation of Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) on March 12th.
1889 Formation of South African Rugby Football Board.
1892 Formation of New Zealand Rugby Union1895 – Formation of The Northern Rugby Union (NRU).
1899 The Unión Argentina de Rugby (UAR) was formed.
1900 Rugby is played at Olympic Games in Paris. France win the title.
1900 Formation of the German Rugby Association.
1910 First International Game at Twickenham, England.1913 – FIJI RFU formed.
1921 International Rugby Board introduces Numbers on the back of shirts.
1922 NRU renamed Rugby Football League.
1934 The Federation of Amateur Rugby (FIRA) was formed: Czechslovia, France,Germany, Netherlands, Italy, Portugal, Spain (Catalonia), Romania, Sweden & Belgium.
1949 Australian Rugby Union founded (formerly New South Wales Rugby Union).
1973 Gareth Edwards famous try for the Barbarians vs. the New Zealand all blacks.
1983 Women Rugby Football Union formed.
1987 1. Rugby World Cup – Finals New Zealand (29) vs France (7).
1991 2. Rugby World Cup (UK/IRE/FRA) – Finals Australia (12) vs England (6).
1995 3. Rugby World Cup (SA) – Finals South Africa (15) vs New Zealand (12).
1998 1. Women's Rugby World Cup (NL) – Finals New Zealand (46) vs USA (12).
1999 4. Rugby World Cup (Wales) – Finals Australia (35) vs France (12).
2002 2. Women`s Rugby World Cup (ESP) – Finals New Zealand (19) vs England (9).
2003 5. Rugby World Cup (AUS) – Finals England (20) vs Australia (17).
2006 3. Women`s Rugby World Cup (CAN) – Finals New Zealand (25) vs England (17).
2007 6. Rugby World Cup (FRA) – Finals South Africa (15) vs England (6)
2010 4. Women`s Rugby World Cup (ENG).
2011 7. Rugby World Cup to be held in New Zealand.
2015 8. Rugby World Cup to be held in England.
2016 Rugby 7's as Olympic discipline.