原为英国中部 Warwickshire 地名 Rugby,因该运动发源于 Rugby school 而得名。字面意思可 能为某个昵称 Rug 的人的城镇，比较 derby.
- rugby:  Legend has it that the game of rugby football was born at Rugby School in Warwickshire in 1823 when, during an ordinary game of football, a boy called William Webb Ellis picked up the ball and ran with it. The use of the term rugby for the game is not recorded before 1864, and the public-school slang version rugger dates from the 1890s.
- rugby (n.)
- type of football, 1864, after Rugby, public school where the game was played, from city of Rugby in Warwickshire, central England. The place name is Rocheberie (1086), probably "fortified place of a man called *Hroca;" with second element from Old English burh (dative byrig), replaced by 13c. with Old Norse -by "village" due to the influence of Danish settlers. Otherwise it might be *Rockbury today. Or first element perhaps is Old English hroc "rook." Rugby Union formed 1871. Slang rugger for "rugby" is from 1893.
- 1. Australian rugby league enjoys a huge following in New Zealand.
- 2. Australia's rugby union side enjoyed a record-breaking win over France.
- 3. I ghosted his weekly rugby column for the Telegraph.
- 4. There were mixed fortunes for French rugby teams on tour.
- 5. Lining a corridor is a wall of photographs spanning his rugby days.
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