RUGBY enjoys a special popularity in BC because of the historic connection with Great Britain, home of the sport, and the favourable climate for playing. European football (SOCCER), imported by British settlers and members of the Royal Navy, began to be altered by new "Rugby Union" rules in the 1870s. The first recorded rugby match in the province took place in 1876 at the ESQUIMALT naval base between a Royal Navy side and a group of VICTORIA businessmen. The Vancouver Rugby Union, established...

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