Monthly Archives: November 2015

Book Launch Invitation – The Kings Cup, 1919 by Howard Evans and Phil Atkinson

At the outbreak of World War I in 1914, all rugby was suspended by decree of the individual rugby unions, with only inter-military encounters and fundraising games permitted. After the Armistice in November 1918, with the forces of the world’s rugby playing nations and many … Continue reading

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One of Us: England’s Greatest Rugby Players – Martin Johnson

Name: Martin Osborne Johnson (1993-2003) Birthplace: Solihull Position: Lock Total Caps: 84 Calcutta Cups: 9 Triple Crowns: 6 Outright Championship Victories: 4 Grand Slams: 2 World Cups: 1

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Newport Rugby Football Club ‘140 Years of Rugby’ exhibition

Newport Rugby Football club is celebrating its 140th year with an exhibition at Newport Museum. Club historian Stephen Bennett here describes what visitors might expect. Newport RFC is one of the most famous rugby clubs in the world, with a rich history … Continue reading

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A History of the Bristol Memorial Ground

The Memorial Ground was built for the Bristol Rugby Club, and is now the home of Bristol Rovers Football Club.  Next year, the city’s Ceremony of Remembrance is to be held at the war memorial stadium.  Might the rugby community … Continue reading

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Red Rose Stories: Gary Pearce

January, 1978. It’s a cold Sunday morning in Buckinghamshire, and England are playing a training match against a local county XV. A twenty-one-year-old prop from Aylesbury Rugby Club is about to make a tackle he’ll never forget. ‘England used to … Continue reading

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