Monthly Archives: May 2015

Lest We Forget – Basil MacLear (Ireland) 24/05/1915

The World Rugby Museum special exhibition ‘Lest We Forget’ will recall the sacrifices of men such as Basil MacLear and others around the world who fought and died in the First World War. Please like the World Rugby Museum on facebook … Continue reading

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Historic Rugby Mascots

To the very best of our knowledge, HD Freakes is the only person to have taken a doll to his debut as an international rugby player. Quite why England full-back Freakes is clutching a ceramic doll before the loss to … Continue reading

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Remembering the Middlesex Sevens

For many years the least developed side of Twickenham Stadium was the South. At the end of the First World War, the exposed concrete terrace was extended and a clock-tower constructed at the back. The clock-tower didn’t last long but … Continue reading

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Lest We Forget – Harry Berry (England and Gloucester) and Harry Barnes (Gloucester) 09/05/2015

One hundred years ago today the only Gloucester international rugby player to die in the Great War, Henry ‘Harry’ Berry, was killed in action on 9th May 1915, during the Battle of Aubers Ridge. Herbert Henry ‘Harry’ Barnes, his Gloucester … Continue reading

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…he might have stood as a symbol of the heart of England…remembering Ronnie Poulton

The following is an extract from AA Thomson’s ‘What Do They Know of England?’ published in 1955. It begins with a description of Ronnie Poulton’s devastating display against Cambridge in the 1909 Varsity Match: He made his debut as an … Continue reading

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Lest We Forget – Ronnie Poulton (England) 05/05/1915

Ronald William Poulton (later unofficially known as Poulton Palmer) was, by general acclaim, the most celebrated rugby player of his day. He was born in Headington, Oxford, one of five children of pro-Darwinian Professor, Sir Edward Bagnall Poulton and his … Continue reading

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