Category Archives: Sevens

#FromTheVaults – Melrose Sevens Medal, 1883

On 28th April 1883, a seven-a-side rugby tournament was played to raise funds for a rugby club experiencing some financial difficulties. The tournament would become an annual event – the oldest rugby sevens competition in the world… Continue reading

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Swing Low Uncovered

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot was first sung at Twickenham during the ‘Chris Oti match’ of 1988. Or was it? New research by the World Rugby Museum casts doubt on this claim and puts forward a new theory for how and why the song became synonymous with English rugby… Continue reading

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The Western Samoa disaster tour of 1992

After Cyclone Val devastated the Western Samoan islands, a team of rugby players were sponsored in 1992 to tour England in support of the ‘Pass the Ball for Samoa’ appeal. Continue reading

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