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The Stellenbosch Three-quarter line

If asked to name the most illustrious three-quarter line from one club or country, northern hemisphere rugby historians are most likely to name the Oxford University and Scotland three-quarter line of the 1920s… Continue reading

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It’s time to research your club histories!

With the Rugby Football Union now in its 150th year, Keith Gregson advises on how you can find out the history of your own rugby clubs… Continue reading

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1971 and the Centenary of the Rugby Football Union

As the Rugby Football Union enters its 150th season, Barney Burnham looks back fifty years to his own involvement in the celebrations that marked a Century of international rugby. Continue reading

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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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The All-Conquering 1984 Wallabies by Craig Muncey

As a young boy in 1984, I was heavily influenced by sport (as I am now). I was interested in most sports, especially sporting events on these shores. In football, I had Liverpool, a dominant force for the majority of … Continue reading

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The Original Brave Blossom

A few weeks before the last year’s Rugby World Cup, an article was posted on a website of Kyoto Shimbun (newspaper). The story featured Ishi Fukui, a woman who ran a sporting goods business from 1922 in Kyoto. The writer … Continue reading

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A Scandal in Paris: France v Scotland, 1913

The opening match of the 5 Nations Championship in 1913 was beset with problems from the outset… Continue reading

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