Monthly Archives: December 2016

Happy Christmas from the World Rugby Museum!

Happy Christmas from the World Rugby Museum! This Christmas card was designed by cartoonist Cyril Bird (aka Fougasse). Bird was the son of England cricketer Arthur Bird. He graduated from Kings College with a BSc in Engineering, but had attended … Continue reading

Posted in Museum Collection | 1 Comment

Rugby’s Greatest Upsets Part One – Scotland v England, 1871

In 1870 football enthusiast and administrator Charles W Alcock arranged an international football match between Scotland and England in London.  It ended in a tie so another game was arranged which England won.  Scotland was incensed.  Not by the result … Continue reading

Posted in England, Scotland | 4 Comments

THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL MATCH AT KINGSHOLM – England 3 Wales 13, 6th January 1900

With a fixture list already bristling with Welsh opponents by the end of the 19th century, and flush with the success of their new ground at Kingsholm, opened in 1891, it is perhaps unsurprising that the Gloucester club aspired to … Continue reading

Posted in England, Wales | 7 Comments

Special Exhibition celebrates 150 years of rugby in Yokohama

A new installation has opened in the World Rugby Museum highlighting the development of rugby in Yokohama and the history of rugby at the Yokohama Country and Athletic Club, now recognised to be the first football club in Asia. By … Continue reading

Posted in Clubs, Japan | Leave a comment

Leon Barnard – the unlucky winger

Around 70 rugby players up to 1965 suffered the unfortunate experience of being picked to play for their country in an international or test match and, for a variety of reasons, were unable to play and were never “capped”.  The … Continue reading

Posted in South Africa | Leave a comment


For much of history the Triple Crown has been what the Pope wears in his most ceremonial moments or the shorthand for the three most famous U.S. horse races for three year olds. For the Rugby world, though, it became … Continue reading

Posted in Museum Collection | 2 Comments