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Creolization of Rugby

March 10th, 2011 · 2 Comments
Creolization Essay - Assignment # 1

Growing up in New York City has given me the chance to experience new culture on a daily basis. Living in one of the most diverse cities in the world has taught more about how the rest of the world lives. Lucky for us, the idea of creolization has helped this country grow do to  new culture that has traveled over geographical space and landed in a place where new culture is accepted. Specifically dealing with objects, people, food, and sports, etc it is safe to say that when it comes to dinner time I have the option of eating almost any type of food I want. Whether it’s Chinese, Italian, Indian, Persian or Tai food I can walk no more then three blocks and be satisfied with my choice without having to travel half way across the globe. Regardless of  what ethnic food I’ll eat tonight is going to be, some of the most greatest fads have traveled the distance and ended up in our households. Perhaps this happens without us even realizing but the constant move of culture from one place to another is what makes this city (and many others too) so unique.

From the far stretches of the western hemisphere to our own backyards, there is no question that cultures and lifestyles of completely separate regions find a way to melt together. This process of globalization can be seen in the clothes we wear, food we eat, music we enjoy, and games we play. One may not think to include this idea that the games we play are an example of creolization but indeed it is. Perhaps the best example how a sport was able to spread throughout the world taking pieces from many different places along the way is the game of rugby.

First started in 1823, rugby was little more than a group of hooligans who upon finding themselves bored with the game of soccer simply picked the ball off the ground and began to run with it. Games like this one had never been played before in Britain and it was slow to catch on. As time went by, rules were created for the few university schools who chose to have a side. In 1870, a man from New Zealand by the name of Charles Monro, returned home to his country after completing his education at an English university. This spread of rugby from England to New Zealand his a great demonstration of the spread of culture throughout the world, however it is only the first major more for the game of rugby.

Around 1872, rugby clubs were organized in France, Scotland, and Germany creating international games. This was a first since it would have been impossible to hold matches between England and New Zealand because of the great distance. On October 19, 1873, representatives from Yale, Columbia, Princeton, and Rutgers met at the Fifth Avenue hotel in New York City in order to come up with a set up rules which these teams could all agreed on. On May 14 of that same year, Harvard hosted the first rugby game ever played on American soil.

The game of rugby, once a barbaric game played by men doing little more than playing soccer with their hands has transformed into what it is today through the process of creolization. The spread of the game throughout the world created change but eventually led to unification. It is an incredible how one game started by a few could grow into a worldwide common game. Perhaps the next step is for the game to become more mainstream in the U.S. but we shall see…here are a few pictures of rugby in action..don’t mind the brutality..it truly is a great game to watch.

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  • 1    jasmina786 // Mar 10, 2011 at 2:49 am

    It is nice to learn how this post starts out about the diversity of NY, I also grew up in that wonderful atmosphere of many choices towards shopping, dining and the options of many different types of entertainments to enjoy and engage. The pictures for this post added a nice touch and it gives the reader a chance to visualize the game known as Rugby. I always wanted to know how this game formulated and it is amazing to learn how many different countries play this sport. We have so many familiar games such as basketball, baseball, soccer, wrestling, etc on our television sets but not much on Rugby. I would have liked to see this post discuss if they also have a female rugby sport as well. Great work!

  • 2    rachdavoudi16 // Mar 10, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Rugby is a wonderful sport and should be taken more seriously here in states. There are women rugby teams in a lot of the universities on the east coast. They are extremely powerful players. I have seen them play a game and they don’t mess around. Rugby has so much culture in it. Although it seems so European it really should make a bigger spash here in the United States. Guiness is one of the biggest sponsors of the sport worldwide. The Lower East Side has a summer league that has an entire pub dedicated to them. It really is a great game to watch. Very exciting too.

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