World Rugby Museum

World Rugby Museum The World Rugby Museum is the definitive home for everything and anything about rugby, our stadium tour takes you behind the scenes at Twickenham Stadium. Book Stadium Tour tickets online at www.worldrugbymuseum.com
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**New Museum opening in 2018** Stadium Tours are still running during this closure period. Please book ahead and check our website before travel. Tours do not run on event days, nor the day immediately before and after.

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27/07/2020
The All-Conquering 1984 Wallabies by Craig Muncey

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As a young boy in 1984, I was heavily influenced by sport (as I am now). I was interested in most sports, especially sporting events on these shores. In football, I had Liverpool, a dominant force …

Announcement:As part of our ongoing commitment to provide a healthy and safe environment for our visitors, the RFU has t...
21/07/2020

Announcement:

As part of our ongoing commitment to provide a healthy and safe environment for our visitors, the RFU has taken the decision to extend closure of the World Rugby Museum and Twickenham Stadium Tours until September 2020.

This will be in line with the wider stadium opening and will be dependent on government guidelines at the time.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

We look forward to welcoming you back in September!

The Museum Team

This souvenir tour brochure was produced to mark New Zealand’s 1949 tour of South Africa. The hosts whitewashed their vi...
01/07/2020

This souvenir tour brochure was produced to mark New Zealand’s 1949 tour of South Africa. The hosts whitewashed their visitors 4-0 under the captaincy of Felix du Plessis and Basil Kenyon.

26/06/2020
Rugby journal

The winners have been announced!

We announce the winners and runners-up in our inaugural Rugby Photographer of the Year awards in partnership with the World Rugby Museum
#rugby #the_rugby_journal #awards #photography #rugby_photographer_of_the_year

The UK rugby season, such as it was, closed at the end of April, 1940: whereupon Hitler launched his assault in the west...
22/06/2020

The UK rugby season, such as it was, closed at the end of April, 1940: whereupon Hitler launched his assault in the west, into Scandinavia, then through Holland and Belgium, once again, into France. Churchill replaced Chamberlain on May 10th and battle was joined. It was not long-lasting, the German plan working shockingly well. The British Expeditionary Force, which had hoped to help defend France, retreated before the month’s end to Dunkirk, where a mixture of bravery, stubbornness, luck and Nazi over-confidence in their Luftwaffe allowed over 330,000 British and Allied troops to be evacuated by ships big and, famously, little. [ 966 more words ]
http://worldrugbymuseum.blog/2020/06/22/war-games-rugby-on-the-home-front-during-the-second-world-war/

La Voulte-sur-Rhone is a small town of 5,000 inhabitants with a proud rugby heritage situated in the Ardeche department ...
15/06/2020
La Voulte – Small Town Heroes, 1970

La Voulte-sur-Rhone is a small town of 5,000 inhabitants with a proud rugby heritage situated in the Ardeche department in the south east of France. For one magical season in 1969-70, La Voulte was the champion club of France and winners of the much coveted ‘Bouclier de Brennus’ by defeating Montferrand in the Stade Municipal in Toulouse. It is still one of only two clubs with fewer than 10,000 citizens to win this illustrious trophy. [ 818 more words ]
http://worldrugbymuseum.blog/2020/06/15/la-voulte-small-town-heroes-1970/

La Voulte-sur-Rhone is a small town of 5,000 inhabitants with a proud rugby heritage situated in the Ardeche department in the south east of France. For one magical season in 1969-70, La Voulte w…

Swansea born Dai Gent twice trialled for Wales before being selected for England, winning 5 caps between 1905 and 1910.I...
08/06/2020
Dai Gent’s All-Star XV

Swansea born Dai Gent twice trialled for Wales before being selected for England, winning 5 caps between 1905 and 1910.
In this extract from his 1922 book 'Rugby Football', he reveals his 'best ever' side...
http://worldrugbymuseum.blog/2020/06/08/dai-gents-all-star-xv/

Swansea born Dai Gent twice trialled for Wales before being selected for England. A prototype scrum-half at a time when the English were playing half-backs, he memorably partnered Adrian Stoop in t…

This subject of this month's #FromTheVaults series is a drawing by Dame Laura Knight (1877-1970), one of the most popula...
25/05/2020
#FromTheVaults – Study for ‘Twickenham by Tram’ by Dame Laura Knight, c. 1921

This subject of this month's #FromTheVaults series is a drawing by Dame Laura Knight (1877-1970), one of the most popular British artists of the first half of the twentieth century...
http://worldrugbymuseum.blog/2020/05/25/fromthevaults-study-for-twickenham-by-tram-by-dame-laura-knight-c-1921/

This month’s featured object from the World Rugby Museum’s collection is a drawing by Dame Laura Knight (1877-1970), one of the most popular British artists of the first half of the twentieth centu…

Today's blog revisits the tales of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and uncovers the frequent and unmissable references to sport –...
21/05/2020
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and His Passion for Rugby

Today's blog revisits the tales of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and uncovers the frequent and unmissable references to sport – and in particular, the game of rugby...
#TBT #ThrowbackThursday
http://worldrugbymuseum.blog/2020/05/21/sir-arthur-conan-doyle-and-his-passion-for-rugby/

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle invented one of the best loved literary characters in history – Sherlock Holmes…it is interesting to now revisit the tales and uncover his frequent and unmissable refer…

#OnThisDay in 1963, England played their first game on New Zealand soil. They won this first match against Wellington 14...
18/05/2020

#OnThisDay in 1963, England played their first game on New Zealand soil.

They won this first match against Wellington 14-9 but lost all the other games of the tour.

In 1881 Sunderland Football Club was victorious in the first ever Durham County Cup and the club is lucky enough to stil...
18/05/2020
Portrait of a Team – the Sunderland Football Club XV of 1881

In 1881 Sunderland Football Club was victorious in the first ever Durham County Cup and the club is lucky enough to still have a hand tinted team photograph with all the players named...
http://worldrugbymuseum.blog/2020/05/18/portrait-of-a-team-the-sunderland-football-club-xv-of-1881/

In 1881 Sunderland Football Club was victorious in the first ever Durham County Cup…As luck would have it the final was played on 26 March and the census information for 1881 was gathered eig…

Our Curator Phil McGowan remembers the rugby players who risked their lives to go and fight for their country in WWI and...
08/05/2020
Forever England: A Podcast on English Rugby and War

Our Curator Phil McGowan remembers the rugby players who risked their lives to go and fight for their country in WWI and WWII, in this podcast from the Sports Gazette.

#VEDay

A historical podcast which retells the story of the England rugby players who risked their lives to go and fight in World War One.

#OnThisDay in 1915, at the age of 25, Ronnie Poulton was killed by a sniper in a trench south of Ypres. Only 3 weeks bef...
05/05/2020

#OnThisDay in 1915, at the age of 25, Ronnie Poulton was killed by a sniper in a trench south of Ypres.

Only 3 weeks before he had played in what was to be his final rugby match, between the 4th and 48th (South Midland) Divisions of the British Army ➡️ http://ow.ly/lwlJ50z4fAC

Artwork by H. F. Crowther Smith, 1917

#OnThisDay in 1883, a seven-a-side rugby tournament was played to raise funds for Scottish club Melrose RFC, and so The ...
28/04/2020
#FromTheVaults – Melrose Sevens Medal, 1883

#OnThisDay in 1883, a seven-a-side rugby tournament was played to raise funds for Scottish club Melrose RFC, and so The Melrose Sevens was born!
This month's #FromTheVaults object is a medal from that very first competition...
http://worldrugbymuseum.blog/2020/04/28/fromthevaults-melrose-sevens-medal-1883/

On 28th April 1883, a seven-a-side rugby tournament was played to raise funds for a rugby club experiencing some financial difficulties. The tournament would become an annual event – the oldest rug…

The 1890s was a decade of momentous change in rugby union, with the growing public interest in the game and the increase...
23/04/2020
The International Rugby Championship in the 1890s

The 1890s was a decade of momentous change in rugby union, with the growing public interest in the game and the increased importance of the Home Nations Rugby Championship...
#TBT #ThrowbackThursday
http://worldrugbymuseum.blog/2020/04/23/the-international-rugby-championship-in-the-1890s/

The 1890s was a decade of momentous change in rugby union. History has tended to highlight the adverse effects of broken time payments and the advent of professionalism leading to the formation of…

A few years ago we ran a 5 part series called ‘Rugby’s Greatest Upsets’, which included an article on the Wales v New Ze...
20/04/2020
An Eyewitness Account of Wales v New Zealand, 1905

A few years ago we ran a 5 part series called ‘Rugby’s Greatest Upsets’, which included an article on the Wales v New Zealand match in Cardiff on 16th December 1905.
Today we are sharing an eyewitness account of the same match...
http://worldrugbymuseum.blog/2020/04/20/an-eyewitness-account-of-wales-v-new-zealand-1905/

The All Blacks’ Tour of 1905 had official sanction; the financial arrangements were considered to be such that the amateur status of the players would not be endangered; and the tour opened w…

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17/04/2020
I remember when…

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World Rugby Museum Committee Member Richard Steele recalls his first trip to Twickenham back in 1960…

This Easter we're looking back to the renowned Barbarian FC Easter tours in this post from 2018...
12/04/2020
Baa-Baas at Easter

This Easter we're looking back to the renowned Barbarian FC Easter tours in this post from 2018...

As we approach the Easter weekend it seems apt to take a look at the renowned Barbarians Easter tours. A unique club, with a unique ethos, the Barbarian Football Club was founded in 1890 by Percy “…

#OnThisDay in 1987, Twickenham Stadium hosted its first competitive women's rugby game 🏉 Wasps beat Richmond 19-0 to win...
11/04/2020

#OnThisDay in 1987, Twickenham Stadium hosted its first competitive women's rugby game 🏉

Wasps beat Richmond 19-0 to win the Championship Final.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Important UpdateFollowing government advice and as part of our ongoing commitment to provide a ...
03/04/2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Important Update

Following government advice and as part of our ongoing commitment to provide a healthy and safe environment for all employees and guests, the World Rugby Museum and Twickenham Stadium Tours are closed until further notice.

Enquiries will be responded to upon our reopening.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

The Museum Team

03/04/2020
School of Ruck - Hello from Wales!

It may be Friday but it's not too late to join the School of Ruck's Grand Slam Challenge!

Meet Geraint, Steph and Cadi from Cardiff, Wales. Can anyone answer their Six Nations question?

Keep on watching then head to our website to join the School of Ruck ➡️ http://ow.ly/pQDH50yZy9D

02/04/2020
School of Ruck - Hello from Scotland!

Who's already smashing School of Ruck's Grand Slam Challenge this week?

Meet Chris from Edinbugh, Scotland. Can anyone answer his tricky Six Nations question?

Keep on watching for a clue then head to our website to join the School of Ruck ➡️ http://ow.ly/pQDH50yZy9D

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About the World Rugby Museum

We are a museum of international rugby history, holding the most extensive collection of rugby football memorabilia in the world, including over 38,000 recorded objects, 15,000 pieces of archival material and 9,000 photographs, from the RFU collection, the Harry Langton Collection and the RFU Rugby Archive.

Star items include the world’s oldest international football jersey and the Calcutta Cup, which is the world’s oldest international football trophy.

The Museum runs in conjunction with the Twickenham Stadium Tour, taking you behind the scenes to visit the some of the most exciting and select areas of the Stadium. The highlight of the tour is a visit to the England dressing room.

Book Stadium Tour tickets online at www.worldrugbymuseum.com

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