Rugby had been played in some form had been played for centuries but it started to take shape in the 19th century. And it was on this day in rugby history in 1870 that Edwin Ash of Richmond and Benjamin Burns of Blackheath published a letter in The Times calling for a meeting to codify the laws.
The letter in The Times stated: Those who play the rugby-type game should meet to form a code of practice as various clubs play to rules which differ from others, which makes the game difficult to play.
After gathering responses a meeting was help on 26 January 1871 at the Pall Mall restaurant and with it was born the Rugby Football Union. The English RFU was the first of its kind and helped to continue the spread the game around the globe.
1964 – Scott Hastings, Scottish Rugby Union international
1973 – Steven Menzies, Australian rugby league footballer