Category Archives: Countries

The Shimogamo Shrine: Rugby’s First Religious Monument

The Shimogama Shrine is a designated UNESCO world heritage site that dates from the 6th Century. It is described in the Japanese origin myth as the final resting place of Yatagarasu, the three legged crow, who guided Japan’s first Emperor to his place of residence at Yamato. Continue reading

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Trend or Tradition? Part 2

3 years ago we posted a response to an article published on Americas Rugby News in which Richard Steele examined the history of Scottish selections and whether the trend of international teams selecting foreign born players really is as modern as is widely assumed. This time, John Jenkins takes a look at some other rugby nations… Continue reading

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Historic Rugby Internationals: Scotland v England, 1925

Scotland’s fourth and final match in the 1925 International Championship on March 21st has gone down in rugby history as one of the greatest matches played between the two world wars in the first half of the 20th century… Continue reading

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Historic Rugby Internationals: South Africa v British Isles, 1974

Rugby history beckoned at Ellis Park, Johannesburg on Saturday July 27th 1974.  The British Lions were playing the 22nd and final match of their tour and they had won all their previous matches…  Continue reading

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Historic Rugby Internationals: Wales v Ireland, 1899

The final match of the 1899 International Championship produced one of the great contests between Wales and Ireland… Continue reading

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William Webb Ellis, Are You Mad?

In the late 1960s the Rugby Football Union began making plans to celebrate its 1971 centenary year. As part of the programme of events a film was commissioned that would tell the story of rugby union, from its origins to the present… Continue reading

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What Constitutes a National Treasure?

The Oxford English Dictionary defines a ‘national treasure’ as something that is emblematic of a nation’s cultural identity. The World Rugby Museum has at least one of these on its register in the shape of the world’s oldest international football trophy, otherwise known as the Calcutta Cup. Continue reading

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