Colonial Australia…the latter half of the 19th century…

“New football clubs seem to be springing up in all directions, and a strong and promising effort is being made to establish the Rugby game in popular favour.”

But this attempt will have much to fight against…

“The attractions of the ‘Australian’ form of the pastime appear to be too great for most of the footballers in these colonies to cultivate the rougher game so popular in England.”

— Saints & Heathens

 

 

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