Category Archives: Twickenham

Details of how to submit your club for inclusion in World Rugby Memorial

World Rugby Memorial – Appeal to Rugby Clubs In 2017 a designated memorial to fallen rugby players will be formally unveiled in Craonnelle, Chemin des Dames in the French department of the Aisne. The organisers would like to include the … Continue reading

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The Memorial Gate, Twickenham

The Rowland Hill Memorial Gates were first unveiled in 1929 to commemorate the life of Sir George Rowland Hill, at the time rugby’s most famous administrator, who had died the previous year. Rowland Hill became secretary of the Rugby Football … Continue reading

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The Story of the Lion

Visitors to Twickenham Stadium may be familiar with the golden lion that graces the top of the Rowland Hill Memorial Gates at the entrance to the West concourse. The lion has not always been gold.  When he first arrived he … Continue reading

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Remembering Twickenham’s First Groundsman

My name is Michael Leslie Rycroft, I am the proud Great Grandson of Charles Hale, Twickenham’s first groundsman, a position he held for 39 years. My mother was so proud of her rugby roots and her connection with Twickenham Rugby Ground. … Continue reading

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Match-Day Morning at Twickenham (1969)

Staff at Twickenham go through their morning routines in preparation for the 1969 Calcutta Cup contest between England and Scotland. Both sides were out of contention for the overall championship by this stage but the world’s oldest international football contest … Continue reading

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2015 Sandford Award Winners!

The World Rugby Museum is the proud recipient of the 2015 Sandford Award for Heritage Education. The award is the highest accolade available to museums and heritages sites and recognises the quality of our in-house schools, college and university education … Continue reading

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MATCH REPORT – Harlequins v Richmond, 1909

Harlequin Football Club (Harlequins F.C) had a gentleman’s agreement with the RFU to use their new football ground even before it was built in 1909. The first game at Twickenham was contested between Harlequins and Richmond, two local rivals, on … Continue reading

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Radio Pioneers

1927 witnessed a curious new addition to the rear of the Twickenham South Terrace. A little known company called the British Broadcasting Corporation was granted permission to construct what looked like a bird-hive on top of the fence at the … Continue reading

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Sir Gareth Edwards first match at Twickenham, 1968

ENGLAND v WALES 1968 Played at Twickenham, London, 20 January 1968 Drawn: England 1G, 1PG, 1T (11), Wales 1G, 1DG, 1T (11) Keith Jarrett had sunk England at Cardiff in 1967; curiously it was his failure to place goals which … Continue reading

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Strange tales from Twickenham…

Ruckley became the official mascot of England Rugby in 2012. This short video explains who he is and where he came from… Ruckley will be joined by Shaun the Sheep as Twickenham hosts the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Follow the World … Continue reading

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