Monthly Archives: January 2015


Jimmy Peters, a relatively unknown figure, was the first Black England International Rugby player. With a fascinating life, Peters should be known as one of the many black icons to have pushed the boundaries for race equality. Continue reading

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Lest We Forget – Percy Dale Kendall (England) 25/01/1915

Percy Dale Kendall, known as ‘Toggie”, was born in Prescot, Lancashire. His father and mother, Francis and Margaret, had four children, of whom Percy was the third. Francis was a solicitor. After early education at Ellaray School in New Brighton, Percy … Continue reading

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Lest We Forget – Charles Gerald Taylor (Wales) 24/01/1915

If Charles Taylor hadn’t decided to pursue a naval career he might never have become a rugby player. He was born in Ruabon, north Wales on 8 May 1863, the son of Reverend Alfred and Annie Taylor. His father was … Continue reading

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Stoddart sells the Natives short

In February of 1889, during a test-match against the touring New Zealand Natives, England’s AE Stoddart, whilst on the attack, lost a ‘portion’ of his shorts. As was the custom, Stoddart’s team-mates formed a circle around him to protect his … Continue reading

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Amateurism Gone Awry

This 1908 New Zealand Jersey came to the museum by way of Tom Smith, an Anglo-Welsh and Leicester Tigers player from the 1900s. The Museum recently bought his collection at auction and it gives a unique insight into one of … Continue reading

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INTERVIEW – Colin Meads

by David Llewellyn Colin Meads was a true giant of the game, his hulking physical presence terrorising defences and dominating line-outs across three decades from 1957 to 1971. Meads has fond memories of Twickenham from his two tests against England in … Continue reading

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