Would you like to contribute? Are you a rugby writer, researcher, collector or do you have a special interest in the history of rugby union? We accept submissions from writers of all ages and backgrounds. Please get in touch with @wrugbymuseum or by email-

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  1. Pingback: Club Histories- The Amazing Old Streetonians | World Rugby Museum: from the vaults

  2. Some excellent advice. Over the next few years we should be seeing the centenaries of those clubs that were formed during the ‘rush to rugby’ in the aftermath of the Great War.

    When Wakefield RFC were planning their centenary history book, we were advised to start at least five years in advance, so it is never too early to start your planning and research, especially if, like Wakefield, the club archive was bare and you are reliant on the local newspapers and interviews with former players and supporters.


  3. Aidan Taylor says:

    I am researching the life of Graham Budge, a Canadian-Scot who played for Scotland and the Lions, amongst others, in 1950. He was in the Black Watch during WW2 and managed to survive Italy and Monte Cassino. Later he emigrated back to British Columbia and played a large role in establishing the game there. He also helped to form Vancouver’s over-40s club The Evergreens (still going today) but unexpectedly died during a practise session at just 59. I have lots of information worthy of a book but could pen the edited highlights at a length that suits you? His family in Scotland have supplied some good photos I could send as well.


  4. Tom Moran says:

    Regarding the recent interest in the song swing low sweet chariot, and the reference to first singing in the mid 1980s at Twickenham, I can confirm, as a junior player at orrell rufc in 1981, that we sang the song, along with actions, to away games – and was sung with other older members of the club. The song was deffo around in ru circles before the mid 80s, although maybe made its ‘official’ appearance at tickers. Great memories of playing at orrell.
    Tom Moran


  5. I worked with rugby player and singer Joe Stead to produce his autobiography which gives the source of the song in rugby circles. I am no expert on how its singing developed later, but the original source is clear, credible and beyond reasonable doubt. Sadly Joe died not long after publication of his book – which was always meant to be a ‘legacy’ project. Beyond what is printed in the book, I have a video recording of Joe talking more about this.


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