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Winston Ide: From Wallaby to Prisoner of War

“Sturdily built, of medium height, Blow was nicely set up for a centre three-quarter. ..he had great courage and his low, hard tackling and fearless going down on the ball in the face of charging forwards won him many admirers.” Continue reading

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The ill-fated 1939-40 Wallabies tour

Dubbed the ‘tour of a lifetime’, it was expected to be a ten-month, 28-match tour of Great Britain for an Australian representative side… Continue reading

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Remembering South Africa’s International Debut

127 years ago, 21 British rugby players set sail to South Africa, captained by Scotland’s Bill Maclagan. Continue reading

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Cardiff v Newport: The Ladies’ Story

A century after the first British women gained the right to vote, our women’s rugby historian, Lydia Furse, takes a look at how sport impacted the lives of many women in South Wales during the First World War. Continue reading

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Flying Lions: Bleddyn Williams

Flying Lions: Bleddyn Williams

Continuing our series of biographies by David Smith, covering some of the British & Irish Lions who served with the RAF. Continue reading

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5 things to spot at the World Rugby Museum

With the summer holidays rapidly approaching, here is a taster of what you can see on your visit to the World Rugby Museum… Continue reading

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Tanaka and Clarke: The friends that took rugby from Cambridge to Japan

Rugby football arrived in Japan relatively early by worldwide standards, but it was not until the turn of the twentieth century that the sport would be played by Japanese nationals.  Continue reading

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