Category Archives: Countries

Who was Constantin Henriquez de Zubiera?

A keen sportsman, he played rugby as a number 8, wing and centre for both Olympique de Paris and Stade Francais, winning the French Championship in 1897, 1898 and 1901… Continue reading

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Murrayfield in December 1978

Some sporting occasions remain etched in your memory for ever and can be recalled at will… Continue reading

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The 1910 British & Irish Lions tour of Argentina

In 1910 the British and Irish Lions toured Argentina for the first time. Under the captaincy of John Raphael, they contested Los Pumas first international test-match… 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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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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I remember when I managed the All Blacks…

Twickenham Stadium Tour Guide John tells the story of the weekend he “managed” the All Blacks… Continue reading

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The Incomparable Christophe

Some rugby grounds inspire great performances and Twickenham is no exception.  The great deeds of English players tend to dominate in the collective memories of English fans – think Richard Sharp or Andy Hancock in the 1960s – but there have been players from other countries who have reserved some of their finest performances on the rugby field for this part of south-west London… 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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