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Remembering George Nepia

Extracted from ‘Babbled of Green Fields’ by Denzil Batchelor The New Zealand full-back was nineteen years old, and he was the only man in the side who played every match of the tour [NZ to UK, 1925]. He was only … Continue reading

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Lest We Forget – George Eric Burroughs Dobbs (England), 17/06/1917

George Eric Burroughs Dobbs was born in Co Kilkenny, near Castlecomer where his father Joseph owned a coal mine.  Joseph had married Mary Augusta Harte in Dublin in 1878 and they had seven children, George being the 2nd of four … Continue reading

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Lest We Forget – John Edward Raphael (England), 11/06/1917

John Edward Raphael was born in Belgium and died in Belgium, though this did not prevent him becoming one of England’s most accomplished sportsmen of his day, exemplified by the fact that at Oxford he won 14 Blues across four … Continue reading

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All Blacks at Messines Ridge, 1917

In the attack leading to the capture of the Messines ridge in West Flanders, Belgium, by the Allies between June 7th and 14th 1917, the New Zealand Expeditionary Force were to the fore.  By the time the NZ troops were … Continue reading

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How the 1950 British and Irish Lions prepared for their trip to New Zealand

A Lions tour involves vast amounts of preparation and a numerous tactical discussions.  Ahead of this year’s tour in New Zealand, let’s take a look at how things were done nearly seventy years ago. This tactics board (pictured above) was … Continue reading

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A Man of Firsts: Lloyd McDermott

This week we celebrate the 55th anniversary of Lloyd McDermott’s international debut for the Wallabies.  This was a profound occasion for Australian rugby, with McDermott becoming the first Indigenous Australian to represent the country in international rugby. Since then, he … Continue reading

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Lest We Forget – Lt. John George Will (Scotland), 25 March 1917

On 25th March 2017 The Old Merchant Taylor Society and Old Merchant Taylor Football Club gathered in the Memorial Garden at the School to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of John G. Will who was killed in an … Continue reading

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