Category Archives: Countries

Brave Blossoms exhibition in Tokyo

Following its display during 2018/19 at the World Rugby Museum in Twickenham, the exhibition has traveled to Japan to tell the story of rugby in the tournament’s host nation, charting the evolution of rugby alongside the development of modern Japan. Continue reading

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The 1st South Africa Tour to the UK and France 1906-07

Did you know that the Springboks used to perform a Zulu war dance, similar to the haka? The EMI Archive Trust recently got in touch with us to share this snippet recorded in 1906 when South Africa were on tour to the UK and France… Continue reading

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The Return of the Springbok Girl

One of the World Rugby Museum’s most beloved paintings has returned home after a long term loan period in South Africa and to celebrate we thought that we would share her tale with you… Continue reading

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England v Ireland 1911, as told by Robert Collis

This particular match was much celebrated in Dublin as Ireland recorded a first win over England since 1907, but the match was a close affair… Continue reading

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England v Ireland 1988: The Nigel Melville Story

The Five Nations match between England and Ireland in March 1988 was a historic occasion for two reasons… Continue reading

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Historic Rugby Internationals: New Zealand v France, 1961

The second test in the 3-match series between New Zealand and France played in a gale at Athletic Park, Wellington on August 5th 1961 ranks as one of the most remarkable test matches ever played… Continue reading

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Who was Lewis Cobden Thomas?

Lewis Cobden Thomas was born on 6 August 1865 in Merthyr Tydfil, the fourth son and fifth of eleven children of Thomas Thomas, an ironmonger, and his wife Gwladys, nee Jones.  He was given the name of the radical liberal MP, Richard Cobden, who had fiercely opposed the Corn Laws, campaigned for their abolition and for an improved system of education. Continue reading

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