William Webb Ellis
Type Sculpture , Statue
William Webb Ellis is shown running with the ball. Figure surmounts base which is surrounded by decorative iron railings and floral planting.
Plain pedestal base with cornice.
Cast using the lost wax technique.
Ibbeson modelled the statue on his own son. It was unveiled by Jeremy Guscott. It was funded by a variety of local organisations in collaboration with various Rugby football associations. It is now owned by the Rugby Borough Council.
An earlier stone tablet in the school also commemorates Ellis.
William Webb Ellis (1805 - 1872)
British sportsman, and reputedly the inventor of rugby football. According to a rather doubtful tradition, he was a pupil at Rugby School in 1823 when he broke the rules by picking up and running with the ball during a game of association football, thus inspiring the new game of rugby.
On bronze plaque: 'THE LOCAL BOY WHO INSPIRED / THE GAME OF RUGBY FOOTBALL / ON THE CLOSE AT RUGBY SCHOOL IN / 1823. / SCULPTOR: GRAHAM IBBSEON / 1997'
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