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No, that was a myth created by the RFU (about a Rugby school pupil GOR - Eton had a completely different game which included scrummaging against a wall followed by tormenting the working classes for 20 years; not a very edifying spectacle) after the breakaway to try to reinforce their credentials of origin and surpress the "professional game" along with the hoary-handed oiks who played it.
Gosh, I'm agreeing with Johnny. The Webb Ellis thing is, indeed, nonsense as it implies that Football was played with the feet alone in 1822 and Webb Ellis had this great idea about picking it up. Nothing could be further from the truth. Football was primarily a handling code and was called football because it was played by people on foot.