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Vodka, Monsters and a disputed third place: the 1991 Women’s Rugby World Cup

The first Women’s Rugby World Cup could easily not have occurred.  The International Rugby Board refused to recognise the tournament, 600 potential sponsors were consulted with not a single one interested in supporting the event, and a number of unions refused … Continue reading

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New Zealand’s Second Lieutenant Kaipara

A member of the inaugural New Zealand Maori team of 1910, Autini Pitara Kaipara was described by his peers as an outstanding rugby footballer.  Leaving behind rugby for the battlefields of Europe in 1914, Kaipara gave his life for his … Continue reading

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Lest We Forget – Edgar Roberts Mobbs (England), 31/07/1917

Edgar Roberts Mobbs was born in Northampton.  He was one of six children of Oliver Linnel Mobbs and his wife Elizabeth Anne.  His father was an engineer and his mother came from a background in shoemaking, for which Northampton was … Continue reading

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Lest We Forget – Arthur James Wilson (England), 31/07/1917

Arthur James Wilson was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, the son of Henry Bainbridge Wilson and his wife Emily Jane.  Henry was a wool, skin and hide broker, and Emily’s father was a master rope maker.  In all they had … Continue reading

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Passchendaele and the last moments of Edgar Mobbs, 31st July 1917

By capturing the village of Passchendaele, the British hoped to progress in the direction of the Belgian coast where the Allies might curtail the threat of the German U-boat.  After long deliberation Prime Minister Lloyd George agreed Field Marshal Haig’s … Continue reading

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Ireland 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup

The Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017 is around the corner, taking place in Belfast and Dublin from 9-26 August 2017.  The Irish Rugby Football Union was chosen to host the eighth Women’s tournament in May 2015 and looks set to … Continue reading

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The Plight of the Northern Amateur

This work is based on cuttings in a scrapbook given to me in my capacity as archivist of Ashbrooke Sports Club in Sunderland, home of Sunderland RFC (founded 1873).  The origins of the scrapbook are uncertain but it seems to … Continue reading

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