Category Archives: France

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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INTERVIEW – Raphael Ibanez

The following interview was conducted in advance of Raphael Ibanez’s induction onto the Twickenham Wall of Fame. Raphael Ibanez, the former French captain, should be known as the king of hookers, since he retired as the most capped hooker in … Continue reading

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MATCH REPORT – France v England, 1906

France and England contest their 100th international test rugby match in August 2015. John Griffiths here describes the first: FRANCE v ENGLAND 1906 Played at Parc des Princes, Paris, 22 March 1906 England 35-8 France England won their first encounter … Continue reading

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CLASSIC MATCH REPORT – France 43-31 New Zealand

Wales were the proud hosts of the 1999 Rugby World Cup and, like England in 1991, they chose to share key matches with their neighbours. This meant that Twickenham would be called upon to host several pool matches and both … Continue reading

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Lest We Forget – Alfred Mayssonnié (France) 06/09/1914

Alfred Mayssonnié was the first international rugby player to be killed during the Great War. Known to his teammates as ‘Maysso’ he was as an influential play-making half-back and one of Stade Toulouse’s founder members. In 1908 he became Toulouse’ … Continue reading

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