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Under Twickenham’s pitch…

This rusty old horseshoe might not look like much, but it potentially gives us an insight into several aspects of Twickenham’s 100-year history.  This is because nobody really knows for sure how it came to be here at Twickenham, but … Continue reading

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In A League of their Own

This article is a continuation of Keith Gregson’s ‘The Plight of the Northern Amateur’. Attendance One of the main arguments for a league system had been that it might improve attendance and, in consequence, income.  This is not an easy … Continue reading

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Goals From A Mark, 1871 – 1914

On January 2nd 1886 towards the end of the first half of their match against Wales when they were leading by two tries to nil, the English forward CH (Charles) Elliot caught a miscued kick for touch by the Welsh … Continue reading

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In 1877 the RFU were sent a letter…

In Calcutta on the 25th of December 1872, a game of rugby was played between a team of ex-pats from England and a mixed team of Scots, Irish and Welsh.  The match proved a success and provided the impetus for … Continue reading

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Tolkien’s Battle of the Eastern Field

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien is best known for his epic Lord of the Rings novels. A lesser known aspect of his personal history was his involvement in rugby union from a young age. Tolkien began playing rugby whilst a student … Continue reading

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#FromTheVaults – Christmas card designed by Fougasse

Happy Christmas from the World Rugby Museum! This Christmas card was designed by cartoonist Cyril Bird (aka Fougasse). Bird was the son of England cricketer Arthur Bird. He graduated from Kings College with a BSc in Engineering, but had attended … Continue reading

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TRIPLE CROWN & GRAND SLAM TROPHIES: NOT SO RARE?

For much of history the Triple Crown has been what the Pope wears in his most ceremonial moments or the shorthand for the three most famous U.S. horse races for three year olds. For the Rugby world, though, it became … Continue reading

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