Monthly Archives: April 2020

#FromTheVaults – Melrose Sevens Medal, 1883

On 28th April 1883, a seven-a-side rugby tournament was played to raise funds for a rugby club experiencing some financial difficulties. The tournament would become an annual event – the oldest rugby sevens competition in the world… Continue reading

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The International Rugby Championship in the 1890s

The 1890s was a decade of momentous change in rugby union.  History has tended to highlight the adverse effects of broken time payments and the advent of professionalism leading to the formation of the Northern Union, but the growth in public interest in the game as shown in the rise of new clubs and venues and the greatly increased attendances at club and international matches were impressive.  This was epitomised by the growing importance of the Home Nations Rugby Championship throughout the decade. Continue reading

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An Eyewitness Account of Wales v New Zealand, 1905

The All Blacks’ Tour of 1905 had official sanction; the financial arrangements were considered to be such that the amateur status of the players would not be endangered; and the tour opened with two amazing victories—over Devonshire by 55 points to 4, over Cornwall by 41 points to nil…  Continue reading

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I remember when…

World Rugby Museum Committee Member Richard Steele recalls his first trip to Twickenham back in 1960… Continue reading

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Remembering Graham Budge – the Evergreen International

Aidan Taylor shares his research on Scotland International, Graham Budge… Continue reading

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Famous English International Tries in the Amateur Era – Part 2

Last week we posted Part 1 of our Famous English Tries in the Amateur Era, looking at 1910-1969. Now onto Part 2… Continue reading

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Who was Frederick Whitehead?

Frederick Whitehead (1853-1938) was born in Leamington Spa into a humble family of bricklayers, but his father had a strong interest in painting and set up an art restoration business from the family home… Continue reading

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