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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…

By Richard Lowther. 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 … Continue reading

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Want to be part of Twickenham history?

The World Rugby Museum and Twickenham Stadium Tours have been operating since 1996 and we are looking for more volunteers to join our elite team of Tour Guides. Our Tour Guides come from all walks of life and bring a wealth of … Continue reading

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Lest We Forget – Bryn Lewis (Wales) 2 April 1917

Brinley Richard Lewis was a speedy wing three-quarter of great skill who, for a variety of reasons, was never able to demonstrate his talents to the full at international level.  He was highly regarded by English critics, some of whom … Continue reading

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Rugby’s Greatest Upsets Part 4 – France v New Zealand, 1999

With the advent of the Rugby World Cup in 1987 rugby union had found its greatest stage and greatest potential for upsets.  The shift away from test-rugby allowed the relative minnows of the global game their shot at the big … Continue reading

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Santa Clara v Stanford, 1916

The University of California had taken up rugby in 1906, along with Stanford University, California’s top athletic and academic rival.  It was to be the start of a great rugby rivalry.  Both teams were strong.  In twelve seasons of rugby … Continue reading

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