In the latest chapter from our sporadically updated series, we take a look at why and how two rugby codes were created. Was it geography? Was it class? Was it because northerners couldn't kick out of hand or southerners couldn't tackle? Read on and find out.
There are many phrases in history that sound so banal it is hard to believe they had such an impact: appeasement, The Beatles, Norman Lamont. Such an example is "broken-time payments"; the phrase that divided a sport so bitterly in 1895 that one branch of it was still banned from the British Armed Forces as late as 1990, and to this day the level of antipathy on internet message boards between the two sects is akin to a less killy version of the Balkans.