Category Archives: Wartime

War Games: The New Zealand Expeditionary Force during the Second World War

At the outbreak of war it had been decided that New Zealand should provide an Expeditionary Force of one division, under the then Major-General, former player and rugby supporter Bernard Freyburg. Their first echelon had landed in Egypt in February … Continue reading

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War Games: Rugby on the home front during the Second World War

The UK rugby season, such as it was, closed at the end of April, 1940: whereupon Hitler launched his assault in the west, into Scandinavia, then through Holland and Belgium, once again, into France. Churchill replaced Chamberlain on May 10th … Continue reading

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War Games: Rugby in 1939

Extracted from Howard Evans and Phil Atkinson’s ‘War Games: Rugby Union during the Second World War’ Continue reading

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In memory of the fallen…

World Rugby Museum Curator, Phil McGowan, remembers the rugby players that served in the First World War… Continue reading

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‘Sunderland Rugger with a Dash of Schoolboy Rugby Beyond’

Keith Gregson reports on one town’s efforts to rebuild rugby after the First World War… Continue reading

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Happy Blogiversary!

It’s been 5 years since we started this blog and over that time we’ve covered all sorts of topics, from ghostly paintings and the Twickenham streaker, to the “First Lady” of rugby and international rugby’s most decorated player. Not forgetting our extraterrestrial jersey! 

Here’s a round up of our top 10 most read posts over the last 5 years… Continue reading

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After the War: The Victory Internationals, 1945-46

With the onset of the Second World War, official international rugby was put on hiatus in 1939. After the war ended in 1945, there was one season before fixtures officially resumed and it was in this period that the Victory Internationals were played to fill the void… Continue reading

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Remembering Bob Weighill

Remembering Bob Weighill, the England captain who helped pave the way for the Normandy landings… Continue reading

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Richmond FC at War

When we talk about our playing days we casually throw out words which suggest we were engaged in a sort of warfare, but for an awful lot of our predecessors at Richmond Football Club the words had a harsh and vivid reality… Continue reading

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Lest We Forget – Fred Leonard Perrett (Wales) 01/12/1918

By the end of October 1918, Fred Perrett had been on active service on the Western Front for three years and, having already been twice wounded, he may well have felt that he had done his bit… Continue reading

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