Not everyone can lay claim to having the birthplace of a worldwide sport close to where they live. Born and bred in the town of Rugby, freelance travel writer Karl Quinney explores the scene where sporting history was made 200 years ago.
It cannot have escaped your attention that this year is something of a big year in the world of rugby.
Whilst the 2023 Rugby World Cup is underway in France, promising to be the biggest and best tournament yet, back across the Channel and closer to home this year marks the small matter of the 200th anniversary of the game of rugby football. Two centuries since a certain William Webb Ellis, a pupil at Rugby School back in 1823, whilst playing a game of football on The Close caused outcry and infamy by taking the ball in his arms and running with it. In doing so creating the worldwide sport of rugby football we know today.
To walk past the School and The Close today here in the market town of Rugby in Warwickshire you would find it hard to believe such a momentous act or event - if at the time such a seemingly innocuous one - took place. But it did and is etched in sporting history.