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THE GHOST IN THE RUGBY PAINTING

THE GHOST IN THE RUGBY PAINTING | Rugby History | Scoop.it
Art and sport rarely mix. Few painters have ventured into the world of Rugby to depict the triumphs and tragedies of the football field.
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HURRAH FOR ‘TOM BROWN’S SCHOOLDAYS’

HURRAH FOR ‘TOM BROWN’S SCHOOLDAYS’ | Rugby History | Scoop.it
Tom Brown’s Schooldays Much is made of Tom Wills’ “call for football” letter on 10 July 1858, but it was the arrival in the colonies six months earlier of the book Tom Brown’s Schooldays that really ignited interest in football in Australia,...
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All Blacks are Devils (again...)

All Blacks are Devils (again...) | Rugby History | Scoop.it
All Blacks are Devils!!... I regularly display this great postcard showing "New Costume Suggested for the All Blacks" (1906)... at least everytime NZ plays vs France...:)
 
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REFEREES, PENALTY GOALS & BUGBEARS

REFEREES, PENALTY GOALS & BUGBEARS | Rugby History | Scoop.it
The great bugbears of rugby are penalty goals and the whim of a referee. Is that fair criticism, or is it simply the nature of rugby?
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Rugby-Pioneers: North v South, c.1890

Rugby-Pioneers: North v South, c.1890 | Rugby History | Scoop.it
He's a great find submitted to us by fellow rugby historian and collector Stuart Quinn in Hull. It's a lovely and colourful illustrated card (larger pic here) depicting a "North v South" game in the late 1880s or early 1890s......
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Rugby-Pioneers: France - England, 1906: the very beginning

Rugby-Pioneers: France - England, 1906: the very beginning | Rugby History | Scoop.it
Parc des Princes, March 22nd 1906 : France and England playing the first match of a long lasting rivalry... This was only the second international game for France, a few months after having hosted an inaugural game vs Gallaher's All...
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Searching for the World Oldest Scoreboard!

Searching for the World Oldest Scoreboard! | Rugby History | Scoop.it
Kind of a quiz...  I was wondering where and when a scoreboard was used for the very first time? 
So far, my best proposal is that French board above, first used during Olympic games in Paris in 1900.
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You won't kick at my wishing you a Merry Christmas, will you ?

You won't kick at my wishing you a Merry Christmas, will you ? | Rugby History | Scoop.it
Let's share this fine Christmas card with a rugby theme... No date, but c.1900...
The rugby poem reads:
I tackle the job
with the greatest of glee
In touch with Good Luck
at all Points may you be
A jolly Good Run through
a Scrum-ptious Yule...
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Rugby in Syria...

Rugby in Syria... | Rugby History | Scoop.it
Everytime I read the news about this terrible civil war ongoing in Syria, I also think of this old French postcard showing dynamic rugby action under the minarets of Damascus...
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Lions tour to Australia, 1888... and 2013

Lions tour to Australia, 1888... and 2013 | Rugby History | Scoop.it
"The British & Irish Lions" are in the news today as Warren Gatland has been appointed today to coach the team that will travel to Australia next June 2013 (cf list of fixtures incl. 3 Test Matches v Australia) in a much awaited tour...
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"A Miss is as Good as a Mile"

"A Miss is as Good as a Mile" | Rugby History | Scoop.it
I'm just passing by and sending a postcard to say "Hello!" during summer holidays here in Europe...
"A Miss is as Good as a Mile"... an English comic postcard sent in December 1911...
That's all, folks !
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MAROON-HEARTED WARATAH REFUSED TO PLAY REDS

MAROON-HEARTED WARATAH REFUSED TO PLAY REDS | Rugby History | Scoop.it
It’s no revelation to anyone that the NSW Waratahs and Queensland Reds in Super Rugby are essentially now clubs, no longer representative teams – players can and are sourced and contracted from far beyond their state borders.
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"La Manière Bayonnaise" 1913

"La Manière Bayonnaise" 1913 | Rugby History | Scoop.it
Possibly the most important rugby book in pre-ww1 France... rare, scare and precious ! (to me, at least...)
"La Manière Bayonnaise" ("The Bayonne Method" so to say...) is a milestone in French rugby, laying the grounds for an open passing game...
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OUR BARBARIAN WAYS

OUR BARBARIAN WAYS | Rugby History | Scoop.it
In March 1890, Blackheath’s W.P. ‘Tottie’ Carpmael lamented that the Rugby season was already over, even though there were still a few good weeks of football weather remaining.
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BRITISH LIONS TOUR 1888 – new book

BRITISH LIONS TOUR 1888 – new book | Rugby History | Scoop.it
New history book by Sean Fagan – the First British Lions tour of Australia & NZ 1888.
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WEBB ELLIS RUGBY’S TRUE TRAILBLAZER?

WEBB ELLIS RUGBY’S TRUE TRAILBLAZER? | Rugby History | Scoop.it
Unveiled by the Old Rugbeian Society in 1895, the famous bronze plaque at Rugby School pays tribute to William Webb Ellis who, in their words, “with fine disregard for the rules of football as played in his time at Rugby school, first took the ball...
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THE INNOVATOR WHO CHANGED THE RUGBY GAME

THE INNOVATOR WHO CHANGED THE RUGBY GAME | Rugby History | Scoop.it
Kicking the ball ahead in the scrum seems today to be an absurd move, but in the first 50 years of Rugby football to hook the pigskin backwards was regarded by one and all as dishonourable cheating.
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BRITISH LIONS TOUR OF 1888 – new book June 2013

BRITISH LIONS TOUR OF 1888 – new book June 2013 | Rugby History | Scoop.it
New history book by Sean Fagan of JottingsOnRugby – the First British Lions tour of Australia & NZ 1888 – to be released June 2013 [trade enquiries: www.slatterymedia.com/contact ] ; The remarkable story of an unlikely sporting venture, organised by...
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Rugby-Pioneers: The Ten World Oldest Rugby Stamps...

Rugby-Pioneers: The Ten World Oldest Rugby Stamps... | Rugby History | Scoop.it
All of a sudden, I came out with a useless "collector" question... what are the oldest rugby stamps? And it's pretty easy to answer because my fellow collector Derry W. has already gathered all possible information available about stamps on...
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U.S. All-Stars in Wellington in 1910

U.S. All-Stars in Wellington in 1910 | Rugby History | Scoop.it
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Frederic's comment, January 23, 2013 3:42 PM
Yet "English" Rugby continued to be played in some West Coasts All Sports club (i.e. Olympic Club in SF http://www.ocrugby.com/history.html )
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It became popular again in California before ww1 when "American" football was banned from Universities because of too many casualties... (say no protections nor helmet... just padded jerseys...). In the 1910s, California "Big Game", i.e. Stanford v UCLA, was played under rugby rules in front of massive crowds...http://www.flickr.com/search/?w=27925507@N00&q=big%20game
Frederic's comment, January 23, 2013 3:52 PM
All Blacks played in California in 1906 (Berkeley) and 1913 (dont remember where...). Australia toured in winter 1912 and played what is registered as USA first Test Match (in Berkeley again) http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=173854596036788&set=pb.115276235227958.-2207520000.1358974067&type=3&theater
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Middlesex 7s - Twickenham - 1934

Middlesex 7s - Twickenham - 1934 | Rugby History | Scoop.it
Here's my tribute to Dubai 7s being played today... a full set of photographies + tournament program from Middlesex 7s played at Twickenham in April 1934, eventually won by the Barbarians...
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BYRRH Calendar 1928-29

BYRRH Calendar 1928-29 | Rugby History | Scoop.it
Some French memorabilia again... A calendar of French Championship 1928-29 offered by winemaker BYRRH near Perpignan.
Motto reads "Generous Wine with Quinine - Recommended to Families and Sportsmen"...
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NEW ZEALAND’S ALL BLACKS JERSEY

NEW ZEALAND’S ALL BLACKS JERSEY | Rugby History | Scoop.it
One of the most iconic brands in world sport is the New Zealand rugby team’s ‘All Blacks’ jersey. The black jersey with silver fern leaf was adopted by the NZRU in 1893, but what remains a mystery is “Why black?
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Lieutenant G.H. d'Oyly Lyon, United Services and England

Lieutenant G.H. d'Oyly Lyon, United Services and England | Rugby History | Scoop.it
Here is Lieutenant (- then Admiral...-) Sir George Hamilton d'Oyly Lyon, KCB (3 oct.
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Baines Cards

include some Sharpe and related cards...
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