Historical Series

Rugby has a rich and beautiful history, and our historical series wants to help bring it to life, both for those who were there to see it first hand, and those who want to immerse themselves in this wonderful sport.

The Day New Zealand Lost Twice

The Day New Zealand Lost Twice

Historical Series

It seems unimaginable in the professional era that a nation would play test matches on the same day. However, in 1949 New Zealand did just that, and in doing so set a record that is unlikely to be emulated.

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1871: The First International

1871: The First International

Six Nations · Historical Series

Scotland and England have provided some memorable fixtures over the years, but both teams contested the first rugby football international in 1871, shortly after the founding of the Rugby Football Union earlier in the year. Join us as we take a look at the game, and the impact it had on the growing sport.

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When Harlequins Rose From The Ashes

When Harlequins Rose From The Ashes

Aviva Premiership · Historical Series

The closing minutes of the 2004-05 Premiership season found Harlequins in a precarious position; one kick would decide and define their future. Join us as we explore the journey from that moment to its ecstatic climax.

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The Anomalous 1973 Five Nations

The Anomalous 1973 Five Nations

Six Nations · Historical Series

The 1973 incarnation of the then Five Nations competition is different. Something happened that is very unlikely, indeed virtually impossible, to ever happen again. Join us as we take a look at how the tournament unfolded and it's unexpected climax.

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When Wales fought back against Scotland in 1988

When Wales fought back against Scotland in 1988

Six Nations · Historical Series

The Six Nations continues to provide some of the most scintillating rugby we have ever seen, but back when it was still the Five Nations, Wales scored two memorable tries in a fightback that claimed victory over Scotland in 1988.

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The Birth of the English Champion

The Birth of the English Champion

Aviva Premiership · Historical Series

Before 1987, there was no true national league system in English rugby. The inaugural season of the Courage League National Division 1 would see the very first national English champion crowned - the prize for which Premiership clubs now fight.

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The Kings Who Missed Their Coronation

The Kings Who Missed Their Coronation

Aviva Premiership · Historical Series

Ten years after rugby had gone professional, one club had risen to the top of the domestic game, but with the introduction of playoffs to decide a winner, Gloucester would never see themselves crowned champions.

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When The Romans Ruled

When The Romans Ruled

Aviva Premiership · Historical Series

During the fledgling years of the English Premier Championship, one club stood head and shoulders above their rivals. Four championships in a row, and six wins in nine seasons saw Bath assert their dominance over English club rugby.

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Blackheath FC: The Founding Fathers

Blackheath FC: The Founding Fathers

Spirit Of The Game · Historical Series

We look at a club who were one of the catalysts for the formation of the RFU and whose disregard for the rules put forward by the FA played a major role in its creation.

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