Monthly Archives: August 2016

“Dicky” Lloyd (Ireland) – the one who came back…

There were a handful of rugby players who played international rugby both sides of the 1st World War.  Perhaps the most fortunate was the Irish fly half Dicky Lloyd who, having won 16 caps and established a huge reputation as … Continue reading

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International Rugby’s most decorated player

by Cat McNaney The Black Ferns fly half, Anna Richards, is the most decorated player in the history of international rugby. With a total of 49 caps under her belt, Richards is the most capped Black Fern to date, and has … Continue reading

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Rugby returns to the Olympics

In 1892, Baron Pierre de Coubertin made his first speech at the Sorbonne University of Paris, calling for the revival of the International Olympic Games. Such sports exchanges, he said, would be the “new free trade” of Europe. De Coubertin’s … Continue reading

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Lest We Forget ̶ Charles “Charlie” Meyrick Pritchard (Wales) 14/08/1916

During the Great War, Captain Wyndham Williams RAMC kept a diary of his experiences as a medical officer on the Western Front. In August 1916, he was on duty at a casualty clearing station when one of the wounded caught … Continue reading

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Lest We Forget – Lancelot Andrew Noel Slocock (England) 09/08/1916

Lancelot Andrew Noel Slocock, more often called Andrew or Noel, was born in Wooton Wawen, near Stratford-upon-Avon. He was one of ten children of Reverend Frederick Henry Slocock and his wife Judith Emily, who also came from an ecclesiastical background. … Continue reading

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Lest We Forget – John Abbott King (England) 09/08/1916

John Abbott King, known as Jack, was born in Burley in Leeds, and was one of the shortest men to wear an England jersey. His height of 5ft 5in (1.65m) was in contrast to his chest measurement of 46 inches, giving him … Continue reading

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Rugby at the 1924 Olympic Games – a false dawn

When the French and United States of America rugby teams walked out onto the pitch at Stade Olympique de Colombes in Paris on Sunday 18 May 1924 for the final of the rugby tournament, few could have anticipated either the … Continue reading

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