Category Archives: International Players

Dutour de France: A French debut at Twickenham

England and France first met for a match of international rugby in 1906.  Whilst England had been playing rugby for 35 years by this stage, France was new to the international rugby scene.  Having only played one previous international match … Continue reading

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Dual Identity: Two Women’s Rugby Players Capped For Two Countries (Each!)

As the NatWest 6 Nations continued this weekend, our women’s rugby historian Lydia Furse has been exploring those who have played at the national representative senior level for more than one country. Pulling on the shirt.  Singing the national anthem. … Continue reading

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The Remarkable Story of Humphrey Luya

Both escapees were tall and blond, leading their ‘liberators’ to conclude that they were Nazis in disguise…  Continue reading

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Lest We Forget – George Alexander Walker Lamond (Scotland) 25/02/1918

On February 25th 1918 Lieutenant-Colonel George Alexander Walker (Geo) Lamond died in the military hospital at Colombo in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) aged 39.  A civil engineer by profession, he had seen active service in France before being sent to … Continue reading

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The Man Who Wore the World’s Oldest International Rugby Jersey

John Henry Clayton only played one international match of rugby in his life, but it was a match to be remembered.  On March 27th 1871, Clayton, along with nineteen other Englishmen, would take on a Scottish Twenty at Raeburn Place … Continue reading

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Lest We Forget – William Victor Edwards (Ireland) 29/12/1917

The last of the five Irish rugby internationals who lost their lives in action during 1917 was William Victor Edwards. He was born at Strandtown, Belfast on 16th October 1887.  Educated at a number of schools, including the prominent rugby schools … Continue reading

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Lest We Forget – Philip Dudley Waller (Wales) 14/12/1917

The practice of observing two minutes silence on Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday was initiated following a suggestion made to the King by Sir Percy Fitzpatrick after the tragic death on the Western Front of his son, Major Percy Fitzpatrick … Continue reading

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