Monthly Archives: September 2014

PLAYER PROFILE – Richard Sharp

Richard Adrian William Sharp, a rugby player from Cornwall, played for his county 28 times, from 1957 to 1966, which then led him on to play for several other teams including the London Wasps , Bristol and not forgetting England … Continue reading

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Jolly Jumbucks of the Home Nations!

Maybe Arthur Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington, never really did say, “Being born in a stable does not make one a horse”, but many Home Nations Rugby officials have also thought bloodlines trump place of birth. At first glance you … Continue reading

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Lest We Forget – Charles Wilson (England) 17/09/1914

Charles Edward Wilson, who was born in Fermoy, Co Cork into a military family, was the first of 27 England rugby internationals to die in service during World War 1.  After education at Dover College he joined the army in … Continue reading

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Lest We Forget – Ronnie Simson (Scotland) 14/09/1914

On the 14th September 1914 Scotland’s Ronald Francis Simson became the first home -nations international rugby player to be killed in action during the Great War. Born in Edinburgh, Simson was a tall running Centre who played with distinction for … Continue reading

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Meet The Trophies – English Premiership

As rugby seasons around the northern hemisphere swing back into action we take a look at three retired trophies that reside in the World Rugby Museum collection.  The first club league trophy to be awarded to a top-tier English club … Continue reading

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The Ghost in the Painting

‘The Roses Match’ by William Barnes Wollen hangs on the wall of the President’s Suite in the West Stand of Twickenham Stadium. The painting depicts a late 19th century tussle between two of England’s fiercest historic rivals, Lancashire and Yorkshire. … Continue reading

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Lest We Forget – Alfred Mayssonnié (France) 06/09/1914

Alfred Mayssonnié was the first international rugby player to be killed during the Great War. Known to his teammates as ‘Maysso’ he was as an influential play-making half-back and one of Stade Toulouse’s founder members. In 1908 he became Toulouse’ … Continue reading

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