Rugby was “the Empire game” and the Empire had called. On the centenary of Anzac landings Sean Fagan writes in The Sydney Morning Herald on how the Wallabies led Rugby’s … Continue reading RUGBY ANSWERED EMPIRE’S CALL IN WW1
THE FIRST LIONS OF RUGBY The first British Lions & their barnstorming rugby & Aussie rules playing tour of Australia & New Zealand in 1888. A ripping yarn of rugby! … Continue reading BOOK SALE! “THE FIRST LIONS OF RUGBY” – 1888 BRITISH LIONS TOUR OF AUSTRALIA & NZ. Special offer: $20 incl postage
The last of the great 20-a-side ‘shoving age’ Rugby matches in Australia was played on Sydney’s Moore Park in 1874. Rugby today means 15 a-side, but 20 was once considered … Continue reading WHEN RUGBY WAS 20 PLAYERS A-SIDE
The 1888-89 “New Zealand Natives Football Team” took their final curtain bow on British soil on 27 March 1889. They were the first team of footballers from New Zealand to … Continue reading THEY WORE ALL BLACK BEFORE THE ALL BLACKS
Which two teams still meeting today have the longest standing rivalry? The honour is generally acknowledged to remain with the ‘rivals of the Parramatta River’, Newington College (Stanmore) and The … Continue reading OLDEST RUGBY RIVALS IN AUSTRALIA?
It is only today in extremely windy weather conditions in Rugby that we see a team mate hold the ball in place for a kicker to make his shot at … Continue reading WHEN THE KICKING TEE COULD SPEAK
The design pattern for schools around the world in the mid-late 1800s were the English Public Schools, especially Rugby School. Under the ‘Muscular Christianity’ mantra, the aim was to turn … Continue reading SCHOOLBOY RUGGER MORE THAN A GAME