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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.
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On 26th January 1871 the representatives of twenty-one football clubs met at the Pall Mall restaurant in central London ...
26/01/2021
SPECIAL EXHIBITION- The Rugby Football Union at 150

On 26th January 1871 the representatives of twenty-one football clubs met at the Pall Mall restaurant in central London to form the Rugby Football Union. 150 years later this special exhibition will chronicle the colourful history of one of the world’s oldest sporting institutions. The exhibition will describe how a small group of men created the union and helped arrange the world’s first international football contest....

http://worldrugbymuseum.blog/2021/01/26/special-exhibition-the-rugby-football-union-at-150/

On 26th January 1871 the representatives of twenty-one football clubs met at the Pall Mall restaurant in central London to form the Rugby Football Union. 150 years later this special exhibition wil…

26/01/2021
England Rugby

England Rugby

On this day 150 years ago our journey began 🌹

The Scottish side under the captaincy of prop, Jim Aitken, was well balanced with a strong mobile pack of forwards suppo...
22/01/2021
Even Honours- Scotland v New Zealand 1964 and 1983

The Scottish side under the captaincy of prop, Jim Aitken, was well balanced with a strong mobile pack of forwards supported by one of the best half back pairs in Scottish rugby history, John Rutherford and Roy Laidlaw...

https://worldrugbymuseum.blog/2021/01/18/even-honours-scotland-v-new-zealand-1964-and-1983/

To defeat the New Zealand All Blacks in an international match has always been a major goal for the four home union countries.  While the English have a comparatively strong record with eight …

Denzil Batchelor was a sports and war correspondent, poet and playwright. He played rugby at Oxford University in the 19...
11/01/2021
Denzil Batchelor’s All-Star XV

Denzil Batchelor was a sports and war correspondent, poet and playwright. He played rugby at Oxford University in the 1920s and was a lifelong fan of cricket and rugby. This All-Star XV is an extract from his book ‘Babbled of Green Fields’ published in 1961...

http://worldrugbymuseum.blog/2021/01/11/denzil-batchelors-all-star-xv/

Denzil Batchelor was a sports and war correspondent, poet and playwright. He played rugby at Oxford University in the 1920s and was a lifelong fan of cricket and rugby. This All-Star XV is an extra…

08/01/2021
Official Lions Rugby

Official Lions Rugby

A solicitor, a soldier and a Lion.

Safe to say Robin Harrison had a full life. Watch his incredible story, which features a forgotten Lions Tour and a secret mission.

#LionsRugby

#OnThisDay in 1959, Harlequins defeated Richmond 10-0 in the Jubilee match to mark 50 years since the first game at Twic...
26/12/2020

#OnThisDay in 1959, Harlequins defeated Richmond 10-0 in the Jubilee match to mark 50 years since the first game at Twickenham Stadium.

Harlequins also won that inaugural game on 10th October 1909, 14 points to 10.

📷 1959 teams and officials, plus surviving members of the 1909 teams.

🎄 Merry Christmas from everyone at the World Rugby Museum! 🎄
25/12/2020

🎄 Merry Christmas from everyone at the World Rugby Museum! 🎄

Left your Christmas shopping until the last minute? It's not too late to get 20% off @Twickenham Stadium gift vouchers!U...
24/12/2020

Left your Christmas shopping until the last minute?

It's not too late to get 20% off @Twickenham Stadium gift vouchers!

Use promo code WRMXMAS20 at checkout (valid until 25/12/2020)

Buy now ➡️ http://ow.ly/nK6650CLSaw

This month’s featured object from our collection is a Christmas card designed for the Rugby Football Union by one of Bri...
21/12/2020
#FromTheVaults – RFU Christmas Card, ‘Fougasse’

This month’s featured object from our collection is a Christmas card designed for the Rugby Football Union by one of Britain’s best loved cartoonists, Cyril Kenneth Bird CBE (1887-1965)...

http://worldrugbymuseum.blog/2020/12/21/fromthevaults-rfu-christmas-card-fougasse/

This month’s featured object from our collection is a Christmas card designed for the Rugby Football Union by one of Britain’s best loved cartoonists, Cyril Kenneth Bird CBE (1887-1965).

#OnThisDay in 1969, England defeated South Africa for the very first time, winning 11-8 at Twickenham Stadium.This was o...
20/12/2020

#OnThisDay in 1969, England defeated South Africa for the very first time, winning 11-8 at Twickenham Stadium.

This was only the 6th time the teams had played each other, with their first meeting occuring in 1906 on the inaugural Springboks tour.

It's 1 week until Christmas but there's still time to get 20% off Twickenham Stadium Tour gift vouchers for the rugby fa...
18/12/2020

It's 1 week until Christmas but there's still time to get 20% off Twickenham Stadium Tour gift vouchers for the rugby fan in your life!

Use promo code WRMXMAS20 at checkout (valid until 25/12/2020)

Buy now ➡️ http://ow.ly/VvAX50CLRym

#OnThisDay in 1905, one of rugby's greatest upsets occurred, when the original touring All Blacks were beaten by Wales a...
16/12/2020

#OnThisDay in 1905, one of rugby's greatest upsets occurred, when the original touring All Blacks were beaten by Wales at Cardiff Arms Park. It was their only defeat of the 35 match tour.

Read more here ➡️ http://ow.ly/A3ju50CKHEe

We’re delighted to be Sandford Award winners for our educational provision for schools, colleges and universities!“Wheth...
16/12/2020

We’re delighted to be Sandford Award winners for our educational provision for schools, colleges and universities!

“Whether English traditions or wider international stories are the appeal, a visit to the Museum with its Stadium Tour is not to be missed.” –Sandford Education Award.

Book tickets 🎟 http://ow.ly/vfLJ50CLTFO

School enquiries for Spring and Summer 2021 📧 [email protected]

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Important UpdateDue to the imposed UK National lockdown, the World Rugby Museum and Twickenham ...
15/12/2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Important Update

Due to the imposed UK National lockdown, the World Rugby Museum and Twickenham Stadium Tours will remain closed to the public until restrictions have been lifted.

Twickenham has had a long history of welcoming birds of prey through its gates for various reasons. Initially, they were...
14/12/2020
Rugby Raptors: The History of Birds of Prey at Twickenham Stadium

Twickenham has had a long history of welcoming birds of prey through its gates for various reasons. Initially, they were a necessity, employed to deal with the stadium’s serious pigeon problem, but now they come of their own accord...

http://worldrugbymuseum.blog/2020/12/14/rugby-raptors-the-history-of-birds-of-prey-at-twickenham-stadium/

Twickenham has had a long history of welcoming birds of prey through its gates…

Under normal circumstances this week would see the Varsity Match being played at Twickenham Stadium, but...2020.The Vars...
10/12/2020

Under normal circumstances this week would see the Varsity Match being played at Twickenham Stadium, but...2020.

The Varsity Match was first contested in 1872 and the following decades saw various grounds hosting the annual fixture.

Twickenham was the choice for 1921 and the match has been held here, excluding the war years, ever since.

We're looking forward to its return in 2021.

📷 Oxford v Cambridge, 10/12/1935, Twickenham

Earlier in the year, Eduardo García Sáenz provided a tour report of the British & Irish Lions 1910 tour of Argentina. He...
07/12/2020
Argentina’s First Test Match

Earlier in the year, Eduardo García Sáenz provided a tour report of the British & Irish Lions 1910 tour of Argentina. Here he provides more detail, including local match reports, on Argentina’s first ever test-match on the same tour.

Photo Credit: ARCHIVO GENERAL de la NACIÓN...

http://worldrugbymuseum.blog/2020/12/07/argentinas-first-test-match/

Earlier in the year, Eduardo García Sáenz provided a tour report of the British & Irish Lions 1910 tour of Argentina. Here he provides more detail, including local match reports, on Argentina’s…

01/12/2020

We're delighted to announce that Twickenham Stadium Tours will resume on Monday 7th December.

Kicking a drop goal has often proved a decisive factor in the winning of matches at international level since the second...
30/11/2020
‘L’art du drop goal’ – a French phenomenon?

Kicking a drop goal has often proved a decisive factor in the winning of matches at international level since the second match between England and Scotland at The Oval in 1872 when Harold Freeman for England and Charles Cathcart for Scotland each scored a drop goal...

http://worldrugbymuseum.blog/2020/11/30/lart-du-drop-goal-a-french-phenomenon/

Kicking a drop goal has often proved a decisive factor in the winning of matches at international level since the second match between England and Scotland at The Oval in 1872 when Harold Freeman f…

This month we wanted to share with you this charming little dinner menu from the British Isles tour to Australia and New...
23/11/2020
#FromTheVaults – British Isles Dinner Menu, 1904

This month we wanted to share with you this charming little dinner menu from the British Isles tour to Australia and New Zealand in 1904 – the first time a British team played both countries on the same tour. The dinner, held in honour of the visitors, was hosted by the Otago and Southland Rugby Union at the Coffee Palace, Southland on Wednesday 10th August, 1904....

http://worldrugbymuseum.blog/2020/11/23/fromthevaults-british-isles-dinner-menu-1904/

For this month’s #FromTheVaults we wanted to share with you this charming little dinner menu from the British Isles tour to Australia and New Zealand in 1904 – the first time a British team p…

This month we've been participating in #Museum30 over on Twitter and today's prompt is #Mask.A search of our database pu...
22/11/2020

This month we've been participating in #Museum30 over on Twitter and today's prompt is #Mask.

A search of our database pulled up a Pot Bellied Pigs RFC Hong Kong jersey from their "Phuket SARS Free Tour 2003", where the club logo includes a facemask.

The club formed in 1997 and are an invitational, predominantly touring team, based in Hong Kong.

#OnThisDay in 1905, just over 2 months after the first match of their tour, the All Blacks played their first ever inter...
18/11/2020

#OnThisDay in 1905, just over 2 months after the first match of their tour, the All Blacks played their first ever international on British soil, a 12-7 win v Scotland in Inverleith, Edinburgh.

#LestWeForgetIf you're interested in reading about some of the rugby players that fell during the First World War, we ha...
11/11/2020

#LestWeForget

If you're interested in reading about some of the rugby players that fell during the First World War, we have compiled a list of our blog articles here ➡️ http://ow.ly/giPI50CdGvp

The annual County Championship was one of English rugby union’s leading competitions from the 1890s through to the profe...
09/11/2020
Durham County’s Golden Era

The annual County Championship was one of English rugby union’s leading competitions from the 1890s through to the professional era in 1995. It provided a vital stepping stone for emerging players from leading rugby clubs and outstanding performances for their counties often propelled them on to international recognition...

http://worldrugbymuseum.blog/2020/11/09/durham-countys-golden-era/

The annual County Championship was one of English rugby union’s leading competitions from the 1890s through to the professional era in 1995. It provided a vital stepping stone for emerging players …

International "Triplets" - do you know which six families have produced siblings who have appeared alongside at least tw...
02/11/2020
International Triplets

International "Triplets" - do you know which six families have produced siblings who have appeared alongside at least two other brothers in the same international team?

http://worldrugbymuseum.blog/2020/11/02/international-triplets/

There have been around 30 known cases of “triplets” appearing for their country, but only a select group of six families have produced siblings who have appeared alongside at least two …

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Important UpdateFollowing the latest Government announcement regarding new national Coronavirus...
01/11/2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Important Update

Following the latest Government announcement regarding new national Coronavirus restrictions, the World Rugby Museum and Twickenham Stadium Tours will temporarily close to the public from Thursday 5th November until Wednesday 2nd December 2020.

As it's #Halloween, it seems like the perfect time to tell you about the ghostly painting that hangs in Twickenham Stadi...
31/10/2020

As it's #Halloween, it seems like the perfect time to tell you about the ghostly painting that hangs in Twickenham Stadium.

‘The Roses Match’ by William Barnes Wollen depicts a late 19th century tussle between two of England’s fiercest historic rivals, Lancashire and Yorkshire, but what does that have to do with ghosts?

Find out here ➡️ http://ow.ly/5qAo50C7YiT

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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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