Category Archives: Museum Collection

Happy Blogiversary!

It’s been 5 years since we started this blog and over that time we’ve covered all sorts of topics, from ghostly paintings and the Twickenham streaker, to the “First Lady” of rugby and international rugby’s most decorated player. Not forgetting our extraterrestrial jersey! 

Here’s a round up of our top 10 most read posts over the last 5 years… Continue reading

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Space Oddity

During the recent England v Scotland Calcutta Cup match held here at Twickenham we were lucky enough to be able to welcome British astronaut and rugby fan Tim Peake. Continue reading

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What Constitutes a National Treasure?

The Oxford English Dictionary defines a ‘national treasure’ as something that is emblematic of a nation’s cultural identity. The World Rugby Museum has at least one of these on its register in the shape of the world’s oldest international football trophy, otherwise known as the Calcutta Cup. Continue reading

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Edmund Blunden – the War Poet who went to Japan

Edmund Charles Blunden CBE MC is remembered as a well-travelled poet and war hero but fewer people are aware of his impact on the early development of rugby in Japan. Continue reading

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March of the Groggs

Groggs – they are unique sculpted caricatures depicting famous rugby players and a select few other notable personalities.  For more than half a century these quirky creations have won over the hearts of rugby fans across Wales and beyond and we are delighted to be hosting a new special exhibition, ‘The March of the Groggs’, co-curated with sculptor Richard Hughes and World of Groggs.    Continue reading

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Merry Christmas from the World Rugby Museum!

This Christmas Card was made in Bavaria, Germany and is believed to date from the late 19th Century. Printed on the inside is the following poem- “With fortune’s football at your feet This merry Christmas Day, May you attain your … Continue reading

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Charlie Pritchard – “I have done my bit”

The Pritchard Collection gives us a unique insight into rugby history, but also connects us to that pre-1914 world through the story of an iconic character who perished in that dreadful conflict. Continue reading

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