Monthly Archives: May 2020

The Greatest Game Ever Seen?

Barney Burnham recalls Wasps’ memorable run to the final of the 2004 Heineken Cup… Continue reading

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#FromTheVaults – Study for ‘Twickenham by Tram’ by Dame Laura Knight, c. 1921

This month’s featured object from the World Rugby Museum’s collection is a drawing by Dame Laura Knight (1877-1970), one of the most popular British artists of the first half of the twentieth century. Continue reading

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and His Passion for Rugby

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle invented one of the best loved literary characters in history – Sherlock Holmes…it is interesting to now revisit the tales and uncover his frequent and unmissable references to sport – and in particular, the game of rugby. Continue reading

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Portrait of a Team – the Sunderland Football Club XV of 1881

In 1881 Sunderland Football Club was victorious in the first ever Durham County Cup…As luck would have it the final was played on 26 March and the census information for 1881 was gathered eight days after the game, affording us a remarkable opportunity of discovering what kind of people were playing… Continue reading

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“How Newport Won the Springbok’s Head”

When the South Africans came to Britain in 1912, under the captaincy of W. A. Millar, they brought with them a stuffed Springbok’s Head, to be presented to the team who first defeated them.  They had the trophy with them at Newport on October 24th: it went no farther, for they were unexpectedly beaten… Continue reading

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The Story of the Siam Cup

On 9th May 1945, the Channel Islands were liberated by British forces following five years of German occupation. During that period, one object – now in the World Rugby Museum – had a particularly lucky escape… Continue reading

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The International Rugby Championship in the 1890s – Part 2

After Ireland’s unexpected Triple Crown in 1894, the International Championship opened in January 1895 with England facing a very strong Welsh side at St Helen’s, Swansea… Continue reading

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