FOOTBALL in Canada began to emerge as a modified form of RUGBY in the 1880s. Rugby games had taken place in BC for approximately 10 years before the influence of American rugby—with no scrum, a single line of forwards and the snap of the ball to the backs—could be seen in the Canadian game following a match between Toronto Varsity and Harvard in 1879. The rules of English rugby continued to be altered until the game known as "Canadian rugby" or "rugby football" fully diverged from the...

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