Monthly Archives: March 2018

Baa-Baas at Easter

As we approach the Easter weekend it seems apt to take a look at the renowned Barbarians Easter tours. A unique club, with a unique ethos, the Barbarian Football Club was founded in 1890 by Percy “Tottie” Carpmael and became … Continue reading

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Lest We Forget – Harold Hodges (England) 24/03/1918

…Hodges attempted to fight his way back out of the building with a handgun… Continue reading

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LAST CHANCE TO SEE! Mini Exhibition: Unlikely Alliances

In times of celebration or commemoration, rugby matches involving combined teams, such as England & Wales and Scotland & Ireland, have taken place to mark the occasion. Currently on display at the World Rugby Museum, this mini exhibition takes a … Continue reading

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The All Blacks’ Dog

A year after the world sadly lost illustrator Murray Ball, the World Rugby Museum remembers his wit, politics and love of rugby.  Creator of the iconic Footrot Flats comic, the New Zealander left his mark on rugby history in the … Continue reading

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Dutour de France: A French debut at Twickenham

England and France first met for a match of international rugby in 1906.  Whilst England had been playing rugby for 35 years by this stage, France was new to the international rugby scene.  Having only played one previous international match … Continue reading

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Dual Identity: Two Women’s Rugby Players Capped For Two Countries (Each!)

As the NatWest 6 Nations continued this weekend, our women’s rugby historian Lydia Furse has been exploring those who have played at the national representative senior level for more than one country. Pulling on the shirt.  Singing the national anthem. … Continue reading

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