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When the Back Row was King

Discussion as to what comprises the best combination of players in the back row of a test pack has gone on for years.  In recent times the All Blacks double World Cup winning unit of Richie McCaw, Kieran Read and … Continue reading

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Spotlight on John Warburton Sagar

Born on the 6th December 1878 at Deaf Hill, Trimdon, Durham, John Warburton Sagar was the eldest son of the Reverend Oates Sagar and Hannah Warburton.  He was educated at Durham School and Jesus College, Cambridge. Whilst at Cambridge, he … Continue reading

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I remember when…

Twickenham Stadium Tour Guide John Howard recalls his first trip to Twickenham back in 1964… For me, it was the Five Nations in 1964 and England’s match against Wales.  We lived not far from Twickenham in Kew.  My dad used … Continue reading

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Lest We Forget – Dave Gallaher and Albert Stewart, 04/10/1917

At the beginning of October 1917, the Allied Forces were deeply embroiled in attacking the German Army on the Western Front for control of the ridges south and east of the Belgian city of Ypres.  This third offensive in the Ypres Salient in West … Continue reading

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Under Twickenham’s pitch…

This rusty old horseshoe might not look like much, but it potentially gives us an insight into several aspects of Twickenham’s 100-year history.  This is because nobody really knows for sure how it came to be here at Twickenham, but … Continue reading

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Rupert Inglis – Rector of the Somme

Two days after the failed attack on Guillemont an open air service took place next to the field guns.  The chaplain was Rupert Edward Inglis. Inglis had played for England as a forward in 1886 and had been ordained in … Continue reading

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In A League of their Own

This article is a continuation of Keith Gregson’s ‘The Plight of the Northern Amateur’. Attendance One of the main arguments for a league system had been that it might improve attendance and, in consequence, income.  This is not an easy … Continue reading

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