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A Man of Firsts: Lloyd McDermott

This week we celebrate the 55th anniversary of Lloyd McDermott’s international debut for the Wallabies.  This was a profound occasion for Australian rugby, with McDermott becoming the first Indigenous Australian to represent the country in international rugby. Since then, he … Continue reading

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Lest We Forget – Lt. John George Will (Scotland), 25 March 1917

On 25th March 2017 The Old Merchant Taylor Society and Old Merchant Taylor Football Club gathered in the Memorial Garden at the School to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of John G. Will who was killed in an … Continue reading

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The Life and Times of Herbert Fallas

Herbert Fallas was born in Wakefield in November 1861.  James Henry was his elder brother, whom he would later play alongside at Belle Vue. On the 1881 census, Herbert was described as an accountant clerk and three years later he … Continue reading

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Remembering the first British and Irish Lions Tour

In 1888 a British touring team was sent to the antipodean colonies to play rugby; an event that subsequently became a key moment in rugby history, setting a precedent for years to come and beginning one of the great traditions of … Continue reading

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Rugby’s Greatest Upsets Part 5 – Rugby World Cup, 2015

English merchants and soldiers had brought rugby to Japan even before it had arrived in New Zealand.  Yokohama Football Club, founded in 1866, is the oldest known rugby club in Asia.  But it wasn’t until 1899 when Ginosuke Tanaka returned … Continue reading

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‘The Captain Who Never Came Back’ -Bob Seddon

Name: Robert Lionel Seddon Birthplace: Salford Position: Forward Total Caps: 3 Calcutta Cups: 1 retained Triple Crowns: 0 Outright Championship Victories: 0 Grand Slams: n/a World Cups: n/a Bob Seddon was the only player to have been described as being … Continue reading

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Rugby Memorabilia – Not just for rugby enthusiasts…

As a collector of rugby memorabilia I am always keen to show off my collection.  I write a monthly newsletter, ‘Burglar Bill’, to share my Wakefield related memorabilia with a like minded audience and I run two Facebook groups which … Continue reading

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