Category Archives: France

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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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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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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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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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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1973 – Everyone’s A Winner

The 1973 incarnation of the Five Nations championship kicked off at the newly rebuilt Parc de Prince in Paris on the 13th January…  Continue reading

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Beginner’s Guide to the Six Nations

With the Six Nations 2019 championship looming, it’s time to brush-up on the basics of the oldest rugby championship in the world. Continue reading

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Lest We Forget – Maurice Boyau (France) 16/09/1918

If his rugby career was distinguished, his military record was exceptional.  Continue reading

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Dutour de France: A French debut at Twickenham

England and France first met for a match of international rugby in 1906.  Whilst England had been playing rugby for 35 years by this stage, France was new to the international rugby scene.  Having only played one previous international match … Continue reading

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On the Blind Side

One of the most remarkable matches in the history of international rugby took place between France and Scotland in Paris on 1st January 1920.  This was the fifth time these two countries had met on the rugby field and the … Continue reading

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