Sean Fagan - writer/author http://RugbyDiehards.com
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The Reds-Waratahs meet in rugby battle on Saturday for the 294th time – the most played match-up of any top level football in Australia. Is the rivalry between NSW and Queensland in rugby still flourishing in the professional era?
The first “golden age of Welsh rugby” were the pre-WW1 decades. No Wales team visited Down Under during that time, but their star players were part of early Lions tours, leaving a legacy on Sydney rugby via their innovation and flair.
The Wallabies made their debut 18 months before our nation was born. Yet, the original ambition in 1899 was not for an Australian team, but the combined might of ‘Australasia’ instead.