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When rugby union was king of Newcastle

When rugby union was king of Newcastle

5 Jun 2012

While tonight is Scotland’s debut Test match in Newcastle, many Scots have played in the city with British Lions teams. However, none rival the heated controversy and after-effect caused by SRU Hall-of-Famer, David Bedell-Sivright. Despite over-stated stories about the scale of Australian rules’ ‘Black Diamond Cup’, rugby union was the dominant football code in Newcastle […]

The Hunter Valley footballer who revolutionised rugby

1 Jun 2012

Schoolboy William Webb Ellis ran with the football, but it took a young man from the Hunter Valley to show the rugby world how to make spectacular use of it. Over 60 years before a fully representative Wallabies team first met Scotland (1947 at Murrayfield), Singleton-born Charles Gregory Wade was not only wreaking havoc on […]

To be a footballer and a soldier is the summit of all ambitions

21 Apr 2012

The Waratahs tonight commemorate ANZAC Day and the contribution of New South Wales rugby to war-time service. Why a generation of New South Wales rugby players and officials rushed to serve in WW1 is told through the story of James McManamey. McManamey holds a unique place in history. He was a member of the first […]

Aussie Rugby California Dreamin'

4 Apr 2012

The ‘First Wallabies’ rugby tour of Britain in 1908/09 is a familiar yarn, but that of 1912’s ‘Kangaroo Waratahs’? A century ago the second Australian team to cross the equator left our shores, off to aid the cause of rugby in the USA. Rugby had been enjoying a rapid rise in support on the west […]

Rugby Sevens’ obscure past and bright future

Rugby Sevens' obscure past and bright future

28 Mar 2012

Rugby Sevens has a surprisingly long presence in our nation – over 120 years. Yet only now are we realising what a valuable asset the Sevens game can be to the growth of rugby in Australia. Rugby played with seven players per team began in 1883 at Melrose RFC’s sporting carnival in the Scottish Borders. […]

For the love of rugby, not country

21 Mar 2012

It was a topsy-turvy world in the early days of international rugby – aside from form, residency alone mattered. All Blacks turned into Wallabies, Wallabies became British Lions, Sydney schoolboys gained fame under England’s red rose, and Australian rules players from Melbourne turned out for Scotland. Playing rugby for a country other than your own, […]

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