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Santa Clara v Stanford, 1916

The University of California had taken up rugby in 1906, along with Stanford University, California’s top athletic and academic rival.  It was to be the start of a great rugby rivalry.  Both teams were strong.  In twelve seasons of rugby … Continue reading

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Jonah Lomu: The day he announced himself to the World

The 1995 Rugby World Cup semi-final between England and New Zealand will always be remembered for Jonah Lomu’s outstanding man of the match performance. Lomu scored four ruthless tries in the semi-final, swatting away the English defence like flies. England … Continue reading

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The World Rugby Museum is on the move…

The World Rugby Museum is now closed ahead of its relocation from the East Stand to the South Stand of Twickenham Stadium. The move will necessitate a complete overhaul and redevelopment of the galleries. Curator Phil McGowan is optimistic that this … Continue reading

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In 1877 the RFU were sent a letter…

In Calcutta on the 25th of December 1872, a game of rugby was played between a team of ex-pats from England and a mixed team of Scots, Irish and Welsh.  The match proved a success and provided the impetus for … Continue reading

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Rugby’s Greatest Upsets Part 3 – Paris Olympics, 1924

15 fifteen-a-side rugby had been included as an event at the Olympics since 1900. The founder of the Olympic movement, Pierre de Coubertin, had visited Rugby School in 1883. There he was introduced to rugby football and discussed the merits … Continue reading

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Remembering Seiji Hirao, 1963-2016

On Friday February 10th in the lavish setting of the Portopia Hotel in Kobe, the Japan Rugby Football Union together with the Kobe Steel Kobelco Steelers Rugby Club staged a remarkable memorial event to celebrate the life of Seiji Hirao, … Continue reading

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On the Blind Side

One of the most remarkable matches in the history of international rugby took place between France and Scotland in Paris on 1st January 1920.  This was the fifth time these two countries had met on the rugby field and the … Continue reading

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