Monthly Archives: February 2016

‘Clem’ Lewis and the King’s Cup

J M Clement ‘Clem’ Lewis was a talented fly half for Cardiff and Cambridge University either side of World War One, who won 11 caps between 1912 and 1923 and rose to captain Wales in the last two of those games. From Bridgend, … Continue reading

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Ode to Obolensky

Last year a very kind member of the public shared with us a poem by the late Ivor Brown. The poem was simply entitled ‘Obo’ and paid tribute to the sacrifice of the Russian-born English wing Prince Alexander Obolensky. Obo, as … Continue reading

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Ode to Arthur ‘Monkey’ Gould

Arthur Joseph ‘Monkey’ Gould was arguably the first great Welsh rugby player. As captain he led Wales to her first Home Nations Championship victory and Triple Crown in 1893. In 1949 WJT Collins, in his book ‘Rugby Recollections’, described his fellow Newport … Continue reading

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Flower of Scotland

I was recently looking through a collection of miscellaneous photographs in the World Rugby Museum when I came across on from the 1950s showing the rugby team of Gordonstoun School. Glancing at the back of the photograph, my attention was … Continue reading

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