Category Archives: Rugby World Cup

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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Brave Blossoms exhibition in Tokyo

Following its display during 2018/19 at the World Rugby Museum in Twickenham, the exhibition has traveled to Japan to tell the story of rugby in the tournament’s host nation, charting the evolution of rugby alongside the development of modern Japan. Continue reading

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Beginner’s Guide to the Rugby World Cup

Rugby World Cup 2019 begins on Friday so it’s the perfect time to get up to speed with the world’s biggest rugby tournament! Continue reading

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The Shimogamo Shrine: Rugby’s First Religious Monument

The Shimogamo Shrine is a designated UNESCO world heritage site that dates from the 6th Century. It is described in the Japanese origin myth as the final resting place of Yatagarasu, the three legged crow, who guided Japan’s first Emperor to his place of residence at Yamato. Continue reading

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SPECIAL EXHIBITION – Brave Blossoms: the History of Rugby in Japan

As the rugby world turns towards the land of the rising sun in anticipation of Asia’s first Rugby World Cup, the World Rugby Museum is delighted to present its new special exhibition ‘Brave Blossoms: the History of Rugby in Japan’. Continue reading

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Dual Identity: Two Women’s Rugby Players Capped For Two Countries (Each!)

As the NatWest 6 Nations continued this weekend, our women’s rugby historian Lydia Furse has been exploring those who have played at the national representative senior level for more than one country. Pulling on the shirt.  Singing the national anthem. … Continue reading

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Vodka, Monsters and a disputed third place: the 1991 Women’s Rugby World Cup

The first Women’s Rugby World Cup could easily not have occurred.  The International Rugby Board refused to recognise the tournament, 600 potential sponsors were consulted with not a single one interested in supporting the event, and a number of unions refused … Continue reading

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