Monthly Archives: August 2014


In 1909 Adrian Stoop led Harlequins out for Twickenham Stadium’s first ever fixture. The following year he made history by becoming the first man to lead England out at their national stadium. But this season of triumph represented the culmination … Continue reading

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‘Rugby Union Footballers Are Doing Their Duty’

This large colour woodcut poster, made by Johnson, Riddle & Co. Ltd., is one of many such recruitment posters produced during the First World War. They were designed to provoke a sense of duty to one’s country and to encourage … Continue reading

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Emily Valentine – the first lady of rugby

‘Omnes Honorate’ or ‘Honour all men’ is the school motto of Portora Royal School for Boys, in Ennsikillen, Northern Ireland. However ‘with a fine disregard for the rules’ 10 year old Emily Valentine did precisely the opposite and convinced the … Continue reading

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INTERVIEW: How to win the Women’s Rugby World Cup by Gill Burns

Name: Gillian Ann Burns Position: Number 8 Club: Waterloo International Career: England 1988-2002, Captain 1994-1999 World Cups: 1991, 1994, 1998, 2002 Winner: 1994

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In August 1914 the Rugby Football Union advised all rugby players to enlist with the armed forces…

On August 13th 1914 the Rugby Football Union issued the following circular to all their clubs: ‘The Rugby Union are glad to know that a large number of their players have already volunteered for service. They express a hope that … Continue reading

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