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‘L’art du drop goal’ – a French phenomenon?

Kicking a drop goal has often proved a decisive factor in the winning of matches at international level since the second match between England and Scotland at The Oval in 1872 when Harold Freeman for England and Charles Cathcart for Scotland each scored a drop goal. .. Continue reading

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#FromTheVaults – British Isles Dinner Menu, 1904

For this month’s #FromTheVaults we wanted to share with you this charming little dinner menu from the British Isles tour to Australia and New Zealand in 1904 – the first time a British team played both countries on the same tour… Continue reading

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Durham County’s Golden Era

The annual County Championship was one of English rugby union’s leading competitions from the 1890s through to the professional era in 1995. It provided a vital stepping stone for emerging players from leading rugby clubs and outstanding performances for their counties often propelled them on to international recognition… Continue reading

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International Triplets

There have been around 30 known cases of “triplets” appearing for their country, but only a select group of six families have produced siblings who have appeared alongside at least two other brothers in the same international team on the same day… Continue reading

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Who was Constantin Henriquez de Zubiera?

A keen sportsman, he played rugby as a number 8, wing and centre for both Olympique de Paris and Stade Francais, winning the French Championship in 1897, 1898 and 1901… Continue reading

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#FromTheVaults – Barbarians Jersey, 1903

At the start of 2020 we revived an old “Object of the Month” feature and now after a brief hiatus, our #FromTheVaults series is back with this Barbarians jersey from 1903… Continue reading

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Murrayfield in December 1978

Some sporting occasions remain etched in your memory for ever and can be recalled at will… Continue reading

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Ernie Crawford – a legendary Irish full back

The Irish selectors alighted on the Lansdowne and Leinster player William Ernest ‘Ernie’ Crawford as their full back when they chose the team for the first post-war Ireland international against England at Lansdowne Road, Dublin on February 14th 1920… Continue reading

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The 1910 British & Irish Lions tour of Argentina

In 1910 the British and Irish Lions toured Argentina for the first time. Under the captaincy of John Raphael, they contested Los Pumas first international test-match… Continue reading

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Internationals at Welford Road

The ground known as Welford Road, home of Leicester Tigers rugby club, hosted seven major rugby internationals in the 20th century. Physically located south of the city centre between Aylestone Road and Welford Road, the home of Leicester rugby since 1892 has played a huge part in the development and history of English rugby at club and international level… Continue reading

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