Category Archives: Countries

England v Ireland 1925, as told by Robert Collis

Bob Collis’ memories of watching Ireland against England at Lansdowne Road in 1911 were recorded in his book ‘The Silver Fleece’, first published in 1936. In this extract from the same book, he describes the emotional journey that came before, during and after representing Ireland at Twickenham in a memorable encounter on 14th February 1925… Continue reading

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On This Day 100 Years Ago…

On this day 100 years ago,one of England’s most iconic captains donned an England jersey for the first time… Continue reading

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Historic Rugby Internationals: New Zealand v Australia, 1991

The semi-finals of the second Rugby World Cup held in Britain and France in the autumn of 1991 featured two clashes between historic rivals… Continue reading

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Spotlight on Dan Carroll

Dan Carroll was born in Australia in 1887 and holds the honour of being the only rugby player to be a dual Olympic gold medalist for different qualifying nations… Continue reading

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War Games: Rugby in 1939

Extracted from Howard Evans and Phil Atkinson’s ‘War Games: Rugby Union during the Second World War’ Continue reading

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Historic Rugby Internationals: Australia v Fiji, 1952

The first ever visit of a Fijian touring side to Australia took place in the summer of 1952 and it was the first time that the Fiji national side played one of the leading rugby nations… Continue reading

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PLAYER PROFILE – Georges Jèrôme

Born in French Guiana in 1883, a young Georges Jèrôme left his homeland for continental France, where he dedicated  much of his adult life to rugby. Continue reading

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