Category Archives: Countries

“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 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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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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