A source of inspiration for the modern Olympic movement, rugby featured four times in the early 20th Century before triumphantly returning in the sevens format at Rio in 2016. Here's what happened in 1900, 1908, 1920, 1924 and 2016...
Rugby made its debut in to the modern Olympics during the 1900 games in Paris. The Paris games were somewhat strange as they were held as part of the World Fair and so were spread out over 5 months with no proper opening ceremony. Events were so under promoted that many athletes who took part did not even realise they had participated in an Olympic Games! Despite this the games gave rise to some important firsts - they were the first to include women and they included the first known athlete of colour.
There were only 3 teams who took part in the inaugural rugby competition; France, Germany and Great Britain. France fielded an international side, FC 1880 Frankfurt represented Germany and Moseley Wanderers represented Great Britain. France played Germany first on the 14th October. Although Germany took an early first half lead France fought back to win 27-17. Great Britain were set to play France on Sunday 28th October and so after many players had finished up playing for their club, the team travelled to Paris late on the Saturday evening. France stormed ahead with a half time score of 21-0. Great Britain persevered in the second half and managed to convert a try but France's lead was too great and they lost 27-8. Great Britain and Germany did not play each other and so France became the first Olympic rugby gold medallists and Germany and Great Britain shared silver.