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cropped-dq_vlxxxuaacxjqFebruary 2018 will see the World Rugby Museum reopen its doors to visitors in the South Stand of Twickenham Stadium after a year long relocation project.

The World Rugby Museum is the definitive home for everything and anything about rugby.  Featuring more than three times as many objects, the new museum will display memorabilia from around the world and from all eras, making it a must visit for all rugby fans. Continue reading

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It’s a Grizzly Experience When Alex Packs His Boots

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Alex Marsh, a 22-year old match official, flew to the other side of the world in June to tell the KYBO! community about the exciting refereeing opportunities that exist if you are willing to pack your boots and travel.  The Roaming Referee is with Gloucester & District Referees Society and recently graduated from Gloucester University.

He has spent the summer getting to know the referee communities in New Zealand, Australia and latterly Anchorage, where he discovered Pack Your Boots! in Alaska, also means run for your life when your neighbour is local grizzly bear.  Alaskan referees take this kind of thing in their stride – where else do you get wayward Moose walking onto the pitch during a game? Continue reading

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Lest We Forget – William Victor Edwards (Ireland) 29/12/1917

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The last of the five Irish rugby internationals who lost their lives in action during 1917 was William Victor Edwards.

He was born at Strandtown, Belfast on 16th October 1887.  Educated at a number of schools, including the prominent rugby schools Coleraine Academical Institution and Campbell College, he went on to study at Queen’s University Belfast before completing his accountancy exams.

A love of rugby ran in his family. Continue reading

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the World Rugby Museum!

Did you know that on Christmas Day in 1872 a match was played in Calcutta with 20 players representing England and 20 representing Scotland, Ireland and Wales?  After a failed attempt at attracting members, the Calcutta Club folded and their remaining silver rupees were melted and formed into the Calcutta Cup that we still play for today.

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Christmas Card, 1964. Artist – Fougasse

The World Rugby Museum would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


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Women in Rugby Union: A Story Worth Telling

A new PhD project delving into the history of women in rugby union is being undertaken by Lydia Furse through the World Rugby Museum and De Montfort University.  Lydia is a 26-year-old rugby player from Devon with an academic background in French and history.  Currently living in Cornwall and captain for Bude RFC Women, Lydia has big ambitions for this project.  She tells us about her passion for rugby and her project aspirations in this Q&A.

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Lydia Furse, new PhD researcher on Women’s Rugby for the World Rugby Museum and De Montfort University.

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Lest We Forget – Philip Dudley Waller (Wales) 14/12/1917

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The practice of observing two minutes silence on Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday was initiated following a suggestion made to the King by Sir Percy Fitzpatrick after the tragic death on the Western Front of his son, Major Percy Fitzpatrick and of his friend and former Welsh rugby international, Lieutenant Philip Dudley Waller.  On 14 December 1917, the two officers were travelling by car on the Cambrai to Bapaume road to a nearby railhead, when they were both killed by shellfire.  Indirectly, therefore, this tragic event has had a profound influence upon national acts of remembrance up to the present day. Continue reading

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Lest We Forget – Stephen “Beak” Steyn (Scotland) 08/12/1917

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Stephen Sebastian Lombard Steyn, known as “Beak” to all his friends, was one of the many rugby internationals before the 1st World War who won their caps for Scotland after coming to study in the United Kingdom.  Continue reading

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