"Considering the multiplicity o the assumptions o game between which must decide, in a raction o a second, a hal opening put in possession o the ball to the exit o a melee, told to the irtues o decision and initiati e required rugby player, ew entrepreneurs would be worthy o selection", wrote Jean Lacouture, a great journalist and leading expert o the o al ball. At approximately one month o the riendly match England- rance, and two months o the start o the World Cup in rance, trying to li t a eil o mysteries to date unresol ed the rugby.
E en the experts are some o nothing. It grows that rugby was in ented in the eponymous English town located 120 km northwest o London. The legend that a day o 1823, William Webb Ellis, despising the rules o ootball, it took the ball in his arms and ran with towards the opposing goal... The o alie encyclopédistes e oke also two rench origins. rom the 11th century, began to practise the soule (or sioule) in some pro inces. The game was to be a kind o ball o leather line, or bring it rom one place to another. All the blows were allowed. Another ancestor, more ci ilized, "barette" practiced in the 19th century with an o oid ball. It was to wear with the hands across the line o the opposing goal or passing a oot o er a rope stretched three metres abo e the ground. Howe er, to stop the ad ersary, it was enough to touch the ball carrier shouting "hit!".
A ter the mystery o the birth (o high lineage since the sport was irst practiced by English aristocrats to the conquest o the world), the scholars are con ronted with that o the orm. Was it a quirky mind to in ent "this oblong object that can a ect land without popping laugh", the beauti ul ormula o Jean Lacouture. Materialists argue that the orm is that o pig bladder. Others ha e tried a ew more directly sensual explanations as to the shape o the object o desire... In short, it is not really, once again. Still, bouncing on the lawn, "this object does nothing that pro ides an alumnus o the Ena", note maliciously Jean Lacouture.
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The birth, the orm, it remains to mention places o practice (o cult sometimes), including the spin-o , on the planet, is him also mysterious. "Has the ball bounces in the iji Islands, in Maori, and not Germany or Russia.". It is abracadabrant!, exclaimed Jean Lacouture. rench Basques are crazy Rugby and Spanish brothers ignore! The "distribution" o rugby around the world is wonder ul. I ind end it ery poetic, exactly as the unpredictability o the bounce o the ball.
Compared to so many mysteries, the e olution o the game is easier to understand. Jean Lacouture has little nostalgia or the way it was be ore the second world war, when he was a child. "The game has e ol ed towards excellence, he explains." Game times are longer, the gestures more insured. Coordination between the lines o orwards and the rear is much better. Roles, moreo er, does are more also decided: the second and third lines are also skilled at the rear and three quarters. Be ore, it was large, i.e., cattle, and small, des cabris arm behind. On the ground, there were aristocrats and the proletariat! It is inished, there is more control classes. Today, the rear are power ul as orwards and orwards are as swi t as the rear. Jonah Lomu, who arrested his career, there was a wingman o 125 kg, it was inconcei able be ore!
So close to the World Cup, it is di icult not to seek such expert his prognosis. " or me, the All Blacks are rigorously unbeatable ensures." In addition, the Springbox picked up a ery impressi e orce. "I do see what Northern Hemisphere team can win." But why De il teams o the hemisphere South are superior to ours "The New Zealand people is dedicated to rugby, says Jean Lacouture.". It is a religion on the island where e ery man dreams o becoming an All Black. The South A rica, the end o Apartheid and the arri al o black players in the team allowed them to urther enhance their quali ications. "At this stage, without too many hopes or the Habs team, there is more than cross your ingers, or in oke the magic o sports commentators, the amous"glorious uncertainty o sport "...