Monthly Archives: August 2020

The Day Trelawny’s Army took Twickenham

Twickenham Stadium Tour Guide Mike tells us of the “best” rugby match he has ever seen at Twickenham… Continue reading

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Los Pumas Rampant

The years following England’s triumph in Sydney at the 2003 Rugby World Cup were lean ones… Continue reading

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Alan Rotherham – the Original Half-Back

When international rugby began in 1871 it was a twenty-a-side game dominated by forward play and protracted scrummaging. In 1877 the number of players was reduced to fifteen. Over the following decade and a half the number of forwards slowly decreased as the number of backs slowly increased and teams discovered the benefits of a more attacking, open game, utilising running and passing backs. This extract from Frank Marshall’s 1892 book ‘Football the Rugby Union Game’ describes this evolution and pays special notice to Alan Rotherham, credited as the innovator behind the development of the half-back role. Continue reading

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Finchley’s own Clint McGregor

For a tight head prop Clint McGregor was quick…[and] with his powerful physique and good hands he was hard to stop… Continue reading

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