Monthly Archives: November 2016

Waiting for Lomu graces the walls of Twickenham Stadium

The World’s Greatest Rugby Squad was the original title for Alistair Morrison’s powerful photograph, Waiting for Lomu, which is now on display at the World Rugby Museum. Inspired by a mixture of celebration and nostalgia stirred by the 2015 Rugby World … Continue reading

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England’s class of 1980

The following is an extract from Phil McGowan’s book ‘One of Us: England’s Greatest Rugby Players’ Fran Cotton made his debut for England in 1971, scrumming down alongside John Pullin. Tenacious flanker Tony Neary made his debut the same season … Continue reading

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Silver Rio 2016 Olympic medal on display at the World Rugby Museum

The World Rugby Museum is celebrating the triumphant impact of sevens rugby at the 2016 Rio Olympics by bringing together a silver medal from the Rio Olympic Games and a collection of objects from the museum’s vaults. Explore the evolution … Continue reading

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Muddied Oafs of Rugby

By Sean Fagan One of the most common epithets applied to a Rugby player is that of being a “muddied oaf”. Though usually given in a light-hearted manner, and even worn with pride, it nevertheless reinforces a stereotype portraying Rugby … Continue reading

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Lest We Forget – Alfred Frederick Maynard (England) 13/11/1916

Alfred Frederick Maynard was born in Penge, near Croydon, which is now part of Greater London. He was the youngest of six children of William John Maynard, and his wife Annie. As a young man Alfred’s father William (a Probate … Continue reading

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Twickenham’s Rose and Poppy Gates of Remembrance

  By Clare Mulley. Article first published on History Today, 12 April 2016. ‘I shall never play at Twickenham again’, twenty-five year old Lt Ronald Poulton-Palmer reportedly sighed as he lay dying at Ypres on 5 May 1915. Hit by … Continue reading

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Details of how to submit your club for inclusion in World Rugby Memorial

World Rugby Memorial – Appeal to Rugby Clubs  In 2017 a designated memorial to fallen rugby players will be formally unveiled in Craonnelle, Chemin des Dames in the French department of the Aisne. The organisers would like to include the … Continue reading

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