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Daisy, Daisy, give me some arsenic do…

1906 saw the first South African rugby tour to the United Kingdom. We are lucky enough to have a blazer from this tour on display in our World Tours Gallery.  If you do come and visit us however, don’t be fooled by the blazer’s civilised appearance, this particular garment has links to a much more grisly past… Continue reading

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Who was the first substitute referee?

The first substitute referee on a grim day for Irish rugby…but who was the referee? Continue reading

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‘If the greatest writer of the written word would’ve written that story no-one would have believed it’

45 years ago, Gareth Edwards scored “that try” playing for the Barbarians against New Zealand. Continue reading

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First Reserve – AH Walker

First Reserve – AH Walker

The late 1920s and 1930s were an interesting period of development for the roles now associated with the tight-five. Toft and Walker represented two sides of the coin in this development. Continue reading

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The Western Samoa disaster tour of 1992

After Cyclone Val devastated the Western Samoan islands, a team of rugby players were sponsored in 1992 to tour England in support of the ‘Pass the Ball for Samoa’ appeal. Continue reading

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Royal Air Force exhibition opens at the World Rugby Museum

Since the formation of the Royal Air Force 100 years ago, close to 200 RAF service men and women have represented their countries on the rugby pitch.  The RAF’s contribution to rugby is now being celebrated in a special exhibition at the World Rugby Museum. Continue reading

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Naval Special Ops – Arthur Harrison and the Zeebrugge Raid

At midnight on the 22nd April 1918 Lieutenant Commander Harrison was in position outside the bridge on board the HMS Vindictive, as it floated silently towards the Zeebrugge Mole shrouded in smoke…  Continue reading

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