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Monday, December 24, 2007

Rugby history: video of England's first international released!

The Welsh RFU have been doing wonders since the men's and women's unions merged last year. One major project has been tracing their national women's team's history - a project that probably puts them ahead of pretty much any other union anywhere.

Their latest is a real gem. Video of the first ever England v Wales women's rugby international - a game which was also the first international for both nations.

The game took place at Pontypool Park on 5th April 1987 - and England and Wales have played at least once a season ever since - 23 times in all - making it comfortably the the longest-running series in women's rugby... and England have won every game.

A "Great Britain" team had played the season before - losing 14-8 to France at Richmond - so for many of the the players this was not quite their first international, but this is still a very early event in the history of the game. The first inter-club tournaments in the UK had only started the season before, most players would have been playing for a handful of years, and it would be another seven years before the RFUW would be formed - the quality of play (and come to that the size of the crowd) is therefore all the more impressive.

video

Final score: Wales 4, England 22
(before anyone says anything, a try did not become worth five points until 1992/3...)

1 comment:

  1. LOVE THIS POST! I re-posted it at my site and gave you the credit. This really is a gem!

    I also added you to my links page, would you mind adding me to yours?

    Thanks!
    Wendy

    Your Scrumhalf Connection
    http://westrugby.blogspot.com

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