Category Archives: Olympics

Who was Constantin Henriquez?

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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Australia’s Golden Touch

One of the prized objects in our new Rugby and the Olympics exhibition is the 1908 Gold Olympic medal… 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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SPECIAL EXHIBITION – Rugby and the Olympics

Ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games, the World Rugby Museum is pleased to announce our special temporary exhibition Rugby and the Olympics. Continue reading

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From Silver to Gold, and back again!

It’s been 70 years since Jack Gregory and the rest of the 1948 British Olympic 100 meter relay team briefly won gold in London… Continue reading

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Rugby’s Greatest Upsets Part 3 – Paris Olympics, 1924

15 fifteen-a-side rugby had been included as an event at the Olympics since 1900. The founder of the Olympic movement, Pierre de Coubertin, had visited Rugby School in 1883. There he was introduced to rugby football and discussed the merits … Continue reading

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Silver Rio 2016 Olympic medal on display at the World Rugby Museum

The World Rugby Museum is celebrating the triumphant impact of sevens rugby at the 2016 Rio Olympics by bringing together a silver medal from the Rio Olympic Games and a collection of objects from the museum’s vaults.

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Rugby returns to the Olympics

In 1892, Baron Pierre de Coubertin made his first speech at the Sorbonne University of Paris, calling for the revival of the International Olympic Games. Such sports exchanges, he said, would be the “new free trade” of Europe. De Coubertin’s … Continue reading

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Rugby at the 1924 Olympic Games – a false dawn

When the French and United States of America rugby teams walked out onto the pitch at Stade Olympique de Colombes in Paris on Sunday 18 May 1924 for the final of the rugby tournament, few could have anticipated either the … Continue reading

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Remembering the Kings Cup

The inaugural Rugby World Cup that took place in New Zealand and Australia in 1987 started a competition that has since grown into the third largest sporting event in the world. But it was not the first international rugby tournament. The 6 … Continue reading

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