Monthly Archives: September 2015

An American rugby pioneer in China – Henry Bluett Liversedge

Liversedge, nicknamed ‘the Horse’, had a huge influence on the rugby scene in China in the late 1920s, his legacy continued in Shanghai through to 1940. Born in California in 1894, he was a freshman at the University of California … Continue reading

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Lest We Forget – Richard Davies Garnons Williams (Wales) 27/09/1915

Over 130 rugby internationals died in the Great War. The oldest – and one of the most courageous – was fifty-nine year-old Richard Davies Garnons Williams. To put this in perspective, the Crimean War had only just ended when Richard … Continue reading

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Lest We Forget – Ernest Cotton Deane MC (Ireland) 25/09/1915

Ernest Deane was born on 4th May 1887 in Limerick, the third son of Thomas Stanley Deane and Aileen Annie (née Byrne), of Bank House, Rathkeale, co. Limerick. His father was manager of the National Bank, Rathkeale, co. Limerick. Ernest was … Continue reading

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Match-Day Morning at Twickenham (1969)

Staff at Twickenham go through their morning routines in preparation for the 1969 Calcutta Cup contest between England and Scotland. Both sides were out of contention for the overall championship by this stage but the world’s oldest international football contest … Continue reading

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A brief history of the Rugby World Cup

Proposals for a regular rugby world cup tournament first began to circulate in the 1950s. They were rejected by the International Rugby Football Board (IRFB) who, in 1958, advocated a “go slow” policy in regard to ‘foreign fixtures’, fearing that … Continue reading

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Red Rose Stories: Ted Woodward

When Ted Woodward first played rugby, he hated it. As a 13-year-old soccer fan, and a fresh face on the playing fields of Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe, the young Woodward had found himself playing an alien oval-ball sport – … Continue reading

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2015 Sandford Award Winners!

The World Rugby Museum is the proud recipient of the 2015 Sandford Award for Heritage Education. The award is the highest accolade available to museums and heritages sites and recognises the quality of our in-house schools, college and university education … Continue reading

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Lest We Forget – David Revell Bedell-Sivright (Scotland) 05/09/1915

Triple-Triple Crown winner, hardest man ever to play for Scotland,  horse-wrestling captain of the British Lions,  heavyweight boxing champion, pioneer of the wing-forward role, jackaroo and surgeon in the Royal Navy. David Bedell Sivright was a man of many parts, … Continue reading

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