Monthly Archives: November 2014

Wallabies Feeling Blue

The museum has recently acquired a New South Wales (NSW) jersey that was collected by Tom Smith of Leicester during the 1908 Anglo-Welsh (British Lions) tour to Australia and New Zealand. The 1908 tourists played NSW 3 times, winning twice … Continue reading

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Half-Time Oranges, 1969

In the late 1960s players would remain on the pitch during the half-time interval. England captain Budge Rodgers and Bob Taylor can be seen here at Twickenham enjoying sliced oranges and bottled water at half-time during the 1969 Calcutta Cup … Continue reading

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Lost and Found – The Asahi Trophy

After the annual Australian inter-varsity rugby competition ended in Sydney in 1990 the convenor reported that no trophies had been presented, ‘…the rugby trophy seems to be lost’.  While a trophy was sometimes unavailable because the previous year’s winner had … Continue reading

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The Twickenham Streaker

For all the spectacular moments of triumph and despair played out on the Twickenham turf, for some people a selection of the stadium’s most memorable moments have been of a rather different variety. The unusual fad of taking off all … Continue reading

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‘Forever England’ – Shane Record

To commemorate the passing of a century since the outbreak of the First World War the RFU has commissioned a special painting of England’s 1914 Grand Slam winning side. The painting, by artist Shane Record, is based on a photograph … Continue reading

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Lest We Forget – William Darby (Leicester Tigers) 15/09/1915

Over the next four years the World Rugby Museum will be describing the experiences of rugby players during the Great War (1914-1918). 128 full internationals lost their lives to the conflict, alongside thousands more players from local clubs, counties and … Continue reading

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