The Rugby World Cup is about to open in France. Here’s what to know about the sport and its history

The Rugby World Cup gets underway in France on Friday and will feature 20 countries from five continents scrapping it out for a golden trophy named after an Englishman who supposedly invented the sport by picking up the ball during a soccer game and running with it. This World Cup is a special milestone for rugby and marks the 200th anniversary of William Webb Ellis’ rebellious act in 1823 that gave birth to a new, oval-ball game. That’s if you believe the legend. Here’s what to know about rugby and its seven-week, 48-game main event.