Category Archives: Rugby World Cup

Remembering Seiji Hirao, 1963-2016

On Friday February 10th in the lavish setting of the Portopia Hotel in Kobe, the Japan Rugby Football Union together with the Kobe Steel Kobelco Steelers Rugby Club staged a remarkable memorial event to celebrate the life of Seiji Hirao, … Continue reading

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The most iconic image in the history of sport?

This photograph of Nelson Mandela awarding the 1995 Rugby World Cup to South African captain Francois Pienaar is one of the most iconic in sport and is significant on a number of levels. The tournament was a grand success and … Continue reading

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Remembering ‘The Pack’

In advance of the 2015 Rugby World Cup over 20,000 applications were received, of which 6,000 talented individuals were chosen to become members of ‘The Pack’ – an elite group of Rugby World Cup 2015 volunteers. To reward and honour … Continue reading

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One of Us: England’s Greatest Rugby Players – Martin Johnson

Name: Martin Osborne Johnson (1993-2003) Birthplace: Solihull Position: Lock Total Caps: 84 Calcutta Cups: 9 Triple Crowns: 6 Outright Championship Victories: 4 Grand Slams: 2 World Cups: 1

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Wallabies Waltz On

In reaching the 2015 World Cup final, Australia will have competed in four of the first eight Rugby World Cup Finals. We have been looking back over some of the objects we have in our collection that help to tell a … 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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A brief history of the Rugby World Cup

Proposals for a regular rugby world cup tournament first began to circulate in the 1950s. They were rejected by the International Rugby Football Board (IRFB) who, in 1958, advocated a “go slow” policy in regard to ‘foreign fixtures’, fearing that … Continue reading

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