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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

TUESDAYOCTOBER',

THE MICHIGAN DAILY TUESDAY. OCTOBER

WEDNESDAY LUNCHEON
BUDDISM
and other religions
in VITNA
Luncheon Discussion with
Mime Le-Thi-Anh
Vietnamese Poet and Author
Wed. 25 October at Noon
GUILD HOUSE, 802 Monroe
Luncheon 25c
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Tradition,

Color Distinguish Rugby

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EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first
part of a three-part story on the
Michigan Rugby Football Club. Phil
Brown is a Daily sports night editor;
Dave Mildner isna graduate of Oxford
University in England, and serves as
manager of the club. C.N.
By DAVE MILDNER
and PHIL BROWN
The origin of rugby football is
traditionally traced to Rugby
College, an English school, and to
William Ellis Webb, a soccer-
playing student.
It was in 1823 that young Webb,
panicked by a tie-game-with-
time-running-out situation, pick-

ed up the ball and ran, winning
the contest. There was no rule
forbidding such any act at that
time, but the effect of Webb's
stunt was dramatic enough to
result in the conception of a com-
pletely new game.
Soccer became a strictly no-
hands sport, while rugby, named
after the school, was founded
with ball-carrying as a basic prin-
ciple.
By 1870, colleges in the United
States had begun playing rugby
football, although there were
numerous versions of the game.

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Most prominent were the 'Har-
vard game' and the 'Princeton
game,' apparently quite dissimilar.
Yale played Eton, another Eng-
lish school, sometime during the
1870's, and liked the British form
enough to alter its own. This be-
came a third 'standard' form of
'football.'
When Harvard met McGill Col-I
lege, from Montreal, the teams
played so differently that a game
seemed quite impossible. It was
agreed that both teams would use
the Harvard version, and the
Crimson won easily. The follow-
ing year the two schools played in
Montreal, used the McGill ver-
sion, and the Canadians tri-
umphed.
The two games pointed out the
great gap which was opening up
between the American and Euro-
pean sports. A meeting in Spring-
field, Mass., in 1886, resolved the
question by setting up a uniform
code for the American game. The
game was essentially rugby, but
was altered enough to become
the modern game of football.-
While the United States was
highly receptive to the new sport,
Europe, and especially England,
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was content with the more tra-
ditional game. Although Ameri-
can football has never found
much popularity on the Conti-
nent. Europeans are making a
concerted effort to bring rugby to
the States.
In 1959 the Ann Arbor Cricket
and Sporting Club was invited by
UCLA to play in a tournament on
the West Coast. The club had
never tried rugby, but under the
enthusiastic leadership of Bert
Sugar learned the rudiments of
the game and made the trip.
Champions of What?
Billing themselves as the
'Champions of the Midwest' they
headed for the Golden West.
Six thousand people saw Mich-
igan lose to UCLA. 9-0 in the Los
Angeles Coliseum. Although the
loss was disappointing, the club's
members decided that rugby of-
fered everything they wanted in
athletic competition and social
activity, and adopted the sport
unanimously.
The Michigan Rugby Football
Club was an outgrowth of the
trip to California. Its founding
members included Sugar, Francis
Goodman, 'a former All-American
quarterback from Purdue, and
John Neihuss, son of University
vice-president Marvin Neihuss.
Law School
The greatest part of the club
was made up of Law School stu-
dents, former football players,
and a handful of beer-drinking
colonialists who taught the Ameri-
cans the game's finer points.
In the early years, the club
took frequent trips to Toronto,
where they were entertained by

RUGBY IS KICKS

the Nomads, an iAdependent team
made up of Toronto students and
ex-ruggers living in the city.
Though they resulted in far
more losses than wins, the trips
served tosestablish a groundwork
for club activities in later years.
Bob Nichols,=an expatriate Aus-

tralian and former president of
the club, summarized those early
years this way: "No one was ar-
rested, and there were no ugly
scenes, but just a hell of a lot of
drinking-"
The club's founding members
thought it important that the
game's social tradition be pre-
served while the quality of rugby
played was being continually im-
proved.
This tradition goes back to the
game's earliest years, when a keg
of beer was brought onto the field
after a match and members of
opposing teams met and chatted
over cold mugs of draft.
Nuts to the Law
Drinking laws prevent sucha
practice in Michigan, but the
custom is still observed after a
fashion.
Members old enough to indulge
legally head for a local tavern
for supper and post-game refresh-
ment. An evening party gives the
entire club a chance to meet with
plenty of brew and the company
of the visiting team.
It is important that players
work well together for a team to
enjoy any measure of success,
since play is spontaneous, and
without set plays. Each member
must be able to anticipate a
teammate's actions before they
occur.
A rugby club is far more than
just a team; it's a fraternity.
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Behind Closed Doors
(Continued from Page 7)
on a maize-and-blue uniform. The Illini gridders decided he was
the dirtiest player in the Big Ten after their 1965 clash with the Wol-
verines. Red flags and robberies (of passes, that is) were the trade-
marks of his sophomore year.
Often reacting to rather than instigating an incident, Volk
once explained what happened in that Illinois game that earned
him their ire. "I was running back a punt, and the defender'
knocked me out of bounds. We were both lying there, the whistle
had blown, and he rolled me over just for the hell of it." Volk
retaliated with an elbow to the defender's mouth, as they both
rose to their feet. The official, standing, five yards away, pulled
out his red bandana, and Michigan was assessed a 15-yard
penalty.
One scene in his collegiate career stands out from the rest in
my mind, though. In the middle of the tight Purdue game last year,
Volk stood apart on the sidelines while the Michigan offensive
unit, saw action . . . doing jumping jacks. Rick couldn't tolerate not
being in the fray. An electron should have this energy.
He was dedicated to a game, and the game was his life. He had
the hopes, the fears, the ego, the individualism of all the rest of us,
and something more. He was never satisfied.
Rick may have a crack at NFL Rookie-of-the-Year this sea-
son. I'm convinced his attitude is one of the big reasons, a "typ-
ical jock" attitude.
And he's dedicated to a game. If only some "players" in other
fields had some "typical jock' drive.

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