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The CRU was founded to govern a sport which at the time had rules similar to the rugby football being played in the United Kingdom. In 1909, Lord Earl Grey, then Governor General of Canada, donated a trophy to the CRU to be awarded for the Rugby Football Championship of Canada. This trophy became known as the Grey Cup.
Even by this time however, the rules being played in Canada were vastly different to the rules used in countries that were part of the International Rugby Board (IRB). In the years that followed, the CRU and its American counterparts would legalise forward passing and make other changes that would keep the Canadian game reasonably similar to the American one, but unrecognizable to a rugby union enthusiast.
Despite the divergence, the sport continued to be referred to as rugby for many years, and the CRU did not change its name despite the obvious confusion. By the 1950s, however, another development was to cause further changes to the CRU's mandate - it was now clear that two competitions - the Interprovincial Rugby Football Union in eastern Canada and the Western Interprovincial Football Union in the west were far more competitive than other circuits. These teams would eventually form the conferences of the Canadian Football League, which soon assumed control of the Grey Cup.
As an organization with no direct jurisdiction over the professional clubs and having nothing in common with rugby union by this time, the CRU finally changed its name to the Canadian Amateur Football Association (CAFA) in 1967. The CAFA changed its name again, to Football Canada in 1986.
As of 2005 Football Canada is primarily responsible for running amateur football in Canada, including the national amateur football championships. It is actively trying to foster closer working relationships with both the CFL and the National Football League.
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