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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The forgotten anniversary?

This weekend England meet Wales at Twickenham. Although England have played New Zealand and every other team in the Six Nations at the "Home of Rugby", this will be the first time they will have played their oldest international rivals at rugby's most famous ground. So it'll be a special day.

But it should also be a special day for one other reason. Wales are England's oldest opponents because their first meeting was also England's first ever international - and that momentous occasion was 25 years ago this year.

A quarter-century of England (and Welsh) international women's rugby. But you should not need reminding of that - you should have seen the celebratory articles on the RFU website and in the rugby press, as well as the retrospectives, the TV specials, the dinners, the parades of former players, the exhibition at the Rugby Museum, the stamps, the special coins?

No? Me neither, oddly enough...

Okay the actual 25th anniversary of the date of that first ever game is still a few weeks off - 5th April in fact - but you'd think that, if anyone was going to make the slightest effort to recognise this, then having the two teams together at Twickenham this weekend in front of the BBC's cameras would be the time to do it. It would be the time to say - look, women's rugby has come a long way and has a history to be proud of!

Or you could just ignore this great publicity opportunity... Yes, much easier to do that...

A video was made of the first ever international 25 years - and to celebrate the anniversary the Welsh RFU have just removed it from their website. Well done Wales - brilliant timing!

***Apparently RFU are planning something... for 5th April. After all the crowds and TV cameras have gone.

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