Category Archives: Ireland

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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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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#FromTheVaults – Ireland v England Touch Flag, 1913

Following the Six Nations fixture between England and Ireland at Twickenham this weekend, we wanted to highlight this early touch flag from the collection at the World Rugby Museum… Continue reading

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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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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: Wales v Ireland, 1899

The final match of the 1899 International Championship produced one of the great contests between Wales and Ireland… 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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