Today in Rugby Union History

Rugby Union: Rugby World Cup

Events in Sport

  • 1863-10-26 Football Association forms in England, standardizing soccer, splitting with rugby
  • 1871-01-26 British Rugby Union forms
  • 1871-03-27 1st international rugby game-Scotland 1, England 0
  • 1878-10-22 The first rugby match under floodlights takes place in Salford, between Broughton and Swinton.
  • 1883-01-04 Ontario Rugby Football Union (forerunner of CFL) forms
  • 1883-01-06 Ontario Rugby Football Union forms
  • 1883-01-16 Quebec Rugby Football Union forms
  • 1884-02-07 Canadian Rugby Football Union forms
  • 1888-10-03 New Zealand Natives, a privately organised and mainly Māori rugby team, plays first game in UK; the first national rugby team to wear the silver fern
  • 1891-12-19 Canadian Rugby Union forms
  • 1892-02-22 Manitoba Rugby Football Union forms
  • 1895-08-29 The formation of the Northern Rugby Union at the George Hotel, Huddersfield, England.
  • 1897-11-24 Canadian Intercollegiate Rugby Football Union forms in Kingston
  • 1903-08-15 New Zealand's All Blacks play their first Rugby Test Match against Australia's Wallabies at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney; New Zealand win 22-3
  • 1906-03-14 Calgary City Rugby Foot-ball Club forms
  • 1907-09-13 Canadian Interprovincial Rugby Football union (Big Four) forms with Hamilton Tigers, Toronto Argonauts, Ottawa Rough Riders & Montreal Foot Ball
  • 1907-10-05 Interprovincial Rugby Football Union plays 1st game (Mtl 17 Tor 8)
  • 1907-10-31 Calgary City Rugby Football Club's 1st game defeating Strathcona Rugby Foot-ball Club 15-0 at Calgary
  • 1907-11-09 Edmonton Rugby Foot-ball Club 1st game, loses to Calgary City Rugby Foot-ball Club 26-5 at Edmonton Exhibition Grounds
  • 1908-08-27 Calgary City Rugby Football Club re-organizes as the Tigers
  • 1908-09-04 Caledonia & Hillhurst Football Clubs play for Central Alberta Rugby Football League championship
  • 1908-09-29 Calgary Rugby Football Union forms
  • 1908-10-16 Edmonton Rugby Foot-ball Club re-organizes as Esquimoux
  • 1909-10-02 1st rugby match (Twickenham)
  • 1910-09-13 Regina Rugby Club forms
  • 1910-09-22 Saskatchewan Rugby Football Union forms
  • 1910-10-01 Regina Rugby Club's 1st game, losing to Moose Jaw Tigers, 16-6
  • 1911-10-21 Manitoba, Saskatchewan & Alberta Unions form Western Canada Rugby Football Union
  • 1926-09-01 British Columbia Rugby Football Union forms
  • 1928-08-25 Tri-City Rugby Football Union forms consisting of Moose Jaw, Regina & Winnipeg
  • 1930-06-10 Winnipeg Rugby Football Club forms
  • 1930-09-13 Winnipeg Rugby Football Club 1st game, loses to St John's Rugby, 7-3
  • 1931-02-28 Canadian Rugby Union adopts the forward pass
  • 1937-04-12 Sir Frank Whittle ground-tests the first jet engine designed to power an aircraft at Rugby, England.
  • 1960-06-25 South Africa beats New Zealand 13-0 in the first rugby test of the series in Johannesburg
  • 1970-02-11 John Lennon pays £1,344 fines for 96 protesting South African rugby team playing in Scotland
  • 1975-06-28 The South African rugby team beats France 33-18 in Pretoria
  • 1976-07-17 21st modern Olympic games opens in Montreal: 25 African teams (later rising to 33 nations) boycott the games due to New Zealand playing rugby in apartheid South Africa
  • 1980-06-28 The South African Springbok rugby team lead by Morné du Plessis beats the British Lions 12-10 in Port Elizabeth to lead 3-0 in the series
  • 1981-07-25 Anti-apartheid protesters in Hamilton, New Zealand, force the cancellation of a rugby test between New Zealand's All Blacks and South Africa’s Springboks by invading the pitch during the game.
  • 1981-07-29 Anti-apartheid protesters against the Springbok rugby tour are confronted by police who use batons to stop them marching to South Africa’s Consul, New Zealand.
  • 2004-08-15 Bay of Plenty defeat Auckland 33-26 in Rugby Union to win NZ's Ranfurly shield for the first time in the shield's 102 year history and after 28 unsuccessful challenges
  • 2004-11-27 New Zealand's All Blacks thump Six Nations Rugby Union Champions France 45-6 in Paris
  • 2013-05-18 RC Toulonnais defeat ASM Clermont Auvergne to win the rugby Heineken Cup final
  • 2013-07-06 The British Lions defeat Australia 41-16 to win their first rugby Test series since 1997
  • 2013-08-03 The Chiefs defeat the Brumbies to win the Super 15 Rugby Final
  • 2014-10-04 20th Rugby Championship: Australia beats New Zealand 27-19 to win
  • 2014-12-03 Australian Rugby star David Pocock is arrested after protesting against a coal mine under construction in an Australian national forest
  • 2015-05-02 Toulon win the 2015 European Rugby Champions Cup final at Twickenham
  • 2015-07-04 20th Super Rugby Championship: Otago Highlanders beat Wellington Hurricanes 21-14

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 142

  • 1806-11-24 William Webb Ellis, credited with the invention of Rugby (d. 1872)
  • 1867-04-13 Sammy Woods, cricket bowler (Aust & England Rugby wing-forward)
  • 1893-05-08 Teddy Wakelam, English sports broadcaster and rugby union player (d. 1963)
  • 1905-03-20 Jean Galia, French rugby footballer (d. 1949)
  • 1905-04-25 George Nepia, New Zealand rugby player (d. 1986)
  • 1908-12-14 Claude Davey, Welsh rugby union footballer
  • 1912-07-18 Max Rousié, French rugby footballer (d. 1950)
  • 1916-02-17 Alexander Obolensky, Russian prince and famed Rugby Union footballer who played for England.(d. 1940)
  • 1916-07-31 Verdun Scott, NZ cricketer/rugby player
  • 1925-06-11 Richard White, Gisborne, New Zealand, rugby union player (55 games as an All Black), (d. 2012)
  • 1929-01-28 Richard Clement Charles Thomas, rugby international/journalist
  • 1931-11-25 Dickie Jeeps, English rugby international/chairman Sports Council
  • 1932-06-05 A R Dawson, rugby player
  • 1933-07-13 David M Storey, British rugby player/playwright (Home)
  • 1936-06-03 Colin Meads, New Zealand rugby player
  • 1937-02-22 Noel Murphy, British(?) rugby player
  • 1937-09-10 Alun Edward Islwyn Pask, rugby International
  • 1938-08-07 Dewi Lorwerth Ellis Bebb, rugby international/journalist
  • 1938-09-09 Richard Sharpe, English rugby player
  • 1939-01-07 Tom Kierman, British(?) rugby player
  • 1939-06-20 Budge Rogers, British rugby player
  • 1940-06-06 Willie-John McBride, British rugby player
  • 1940-09-29 John Dawes, rugby coach
  • 1943-12-21 Walter Spanghero, French rugby player
  • 1945-01-06 Barry John, Welsh rugby player
  • 1945-02-07 Gerald Davies, British rugby player
  • 1946-10-30 Ian McGeechan, Scottish rugby player
  • 1947-01-29 Michael Mavor, Head Master (Rugby School)
  • 1947-07-24 M Jacques Fouroux, rugby player
  • 1947-09-16 Andy Irvine, rugby player
  • 1948-04-01 Y Y Williams, Welsh rugby player
  • 1949-09-11 Roger Uttley, English rugby player
  • 1950-03-12 Willie Duggan, rugby football player
  • 1951-05-11 Mike Sleman, rugby player
  • 1951-11-24 Graham Price, British rugby player
  • 1952-11-29 Dusty Hare, English rugby player
  • 1956-05-23 Mark Shaw, New Zealand rugby footballer
  • 1956-08-16 Dominic Erban, French rugby international player
  • 1957-09-06 Gwyn Evans, Welsh rugby player
  • 1958-02-27 Naas Botha, South African rugby union footballer
  • 1958-08-31 Serge Blanco, French rugby union footballer
  • 1960-02-15 Jock Hobbs [Michael], chairman of the New Zealand Rugby Union and 21 test All Black, (d. 2012)
  • 1960-05-31 Peter Winterbottom, British rugby player
  • 1961-10-05 David Kirk, New Zealand rugby union footballer
  • 1962-10-21 David Campese, Australian rugby union footballer
  • 1963-02-18 Rob Andrew, English rugby player
  • 1963-06-19 Rory Underwood, English rugby union footballer
  • 1964-08-16 Nigel Redman, English rugby international player
  • 1966-07-27 Al Charron, Rugby Union forward (Canada)
  • 1967-01-02 Francois Pienaar, Vereeniging Transvaal (now known as Gauteng Province), South African rugby player and captain of the Springboks
  • 1968-05-20 Waisale Serevi, Fijian rugby union and rugby sevens footballer
  • 1968-10-28 Marc Lièvremont, French rugby union footballer and coach
  • 1971-06-18 Nigel Owens, Welsh Rugby Referee (Stonewall Sportsperson of the Decade), born in Mynyddcerrig, Carmarthenshire
  • 1972-04-22 Owen Finegan, Australian rugby union footballer
  • 1972-08-10 Lawrence Dallaglio, English rugby union footballer
  • 1972-10-31 Matt Dawson, English rugby union footballer
  • 1973-02-27 Mark Taylor, Welsh rugby union footballer
  • 1973-03-26 Matt Burke, Australian rugby player
  • 1973-05-14 Julian White, English rugby union footballer
  • 1973-11-16 Brendan Laney, Scottish rugby player
  • 1974-07-30 Jason Robinson, English dual-code rugby player
  • 1974-08-22 Agustín Pichot, Argentine rugby player
  • 1975-01-02 Reuben Thorne, New Zealand rugby union player

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1975-05-12 Jonah Lomu, New Zealand rugby union player and the youngest ever All Black, born in Auckland (d. 2015)

Rugby Union Superstar Jonah Lomu
Rugby Union Superstar
Jonah Lomu
  • 1975-05-20 Mark Zupan, American quadriplegic rugby player
  • 1976-02-12 Christian Cullen, New Zealand rugby union footballer
  • 1976-02-22 Faan Rautenbach, South African rugby player
  • 1976-07-03 Robert Brian (Bobby) Skinstad, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, youngest ever Springbok rugby captain
  • 1976-08-12 Henry Tuilagi, Samoan rugby player
  • 1976-11-30 Josh Lewsey, English rugby union footballer
  • 1976-12-03 Byron Kelleher, New Zealand rugby union footballer
  • 1976-12-05 Xavier Garbajosa, French rugby union footballer
  • 1977-01-21 Al Baxter, Australian rugby union footballer
  • 1977-01-22 Jono Gibbes, New Zealand rugby union footballer
  • 1977-02-26 Shane Williams, Welsh Rugby Player
  • 1977-04-26 Chris Johnston, Irish rugby player
  • 1977-05-11 Victor Matfield, South African rugby union footballer
  • 1977-08-20 Felipe Contepomi, Argentine rugby player
  • 1977-08-20 Manuel Contepomi, Argentine rugby player
  • 1977-11-28 Greg Somerville, New Zealand rugby union footballer
  • 1977-12-08 Sébastien Chabal, French rugby union footballer
  • 1977-12-13 Peter Stringer, Irish rugby union footballer
  • 1978-03-04 Denis Dallan, Italian rugby union footballer
  • 1978-03-30 Chris Paterson, Scottish rugby player
  • 1978-04-03 John Smit, South African rugby player
  • 1978-04-17 Jason White, Scottish rugby player
  • 1978-07-06 Kevin Senio, New Zealand rugby player
  • 1978-07-18 Shane Horgan, Irish rugby player
  • 1978-08-21 Peter Buxton, English rugby union player
  • 1978-09-05 Chris Jack, New Zealand rugby union footballer
  • 1978-09-14 Ben Cohen, English rugby union footballer
  • 1978-09-21 Doug Howlett, New Zealand rugby union footballer
  • 1978-10-08 Mick O'Driscoll, Irish rugby player
  • 1978-10-18 Mike Tindall, English rugby union player
  • 1979-01-21 Brian O'Driscoll, Irish rugby union footballer
  • 1979-03-20 Keven Mealamu, New Zealand rugby player
  • 1979-03-23 Donncha O'Callaghan, Irish rugby player
  • 1979-05-01 Mauro Bergamasco, Italian rugby player
  • 1979-05-25 Jonny Wilkinson, English international and Newcastle Falcons rugby player
  • 1979-06-04 Daniel Vickerman, Australian rugby union player

Weddings in Sport

  • 2005-12-10 Rugby Star Clyde Rathbone (24) weds Carrie-Ann Leeson in South Africa
  • 2005-12-22 "Ospreys" Rugby star Shane Williams (28) weds Gail Lacey at Twyn Church in Garnant, West Wales
  • 2006-01-28 London Broncos rugby football player Craig Gower (27) weds TV personality and model Amanda Flynn (24) in Sydney, Australia

HeartWedding of Interest

2011-07-30 Granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II and British equestrian Zara Phillips (30) weds England rugby player Mike Tindall (32) at the Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh, Scotland

Daughter of Princess Anne Zara Phillips
Daughter of Princess Anne
Zara Phillips

Deaths in Sport

  • 1934-09-02 James Allan, New Zealand rugby union player, All Black (b. 1860)
  • 1940-03-29 Alexander Obolensky, Russian prince and famed Rugby Union footballer who played for England.(b. 1916)
  • 1944-08-05 Maurice Turnbull, cricketer (England)/rugby (Wales), dies
  • 1959-11-24 Dally Messenger, Australian rugby player (b. 1883)
  • 1963-07-10 Teddy Wakelam, English sports broadcaster and rugby union player (b. 1893)
  • 1986-06-27 George Nepia, New Zealand rugby player (b. 1905)
  • 1993-01-04 Daniel H Craven, South African rugby coach, dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1994-12-31 Woody Strode, African American football player and actor (Posse, Cotton Club, Vigilante, Scream), dies of lung cancer at 80

Actor and Sportsman Woody Strode
Actor and Sportsman
Woody Strode
  • 1995-11-02 Alun Edward Islwyn Pask, rugby International, dies at 58
  • 1996-03-14 Dewi Lorwerth Ellis Bebb, rugby international/journalist, dies at 57
  • 1996-09-05 Richard Clement Charles Thomas, rugby intl/journalist, dies at 67
  • 1997-01-01 John Burgess, rugby administrator, dies at 71
  • 1998-04-22 Kitch Christie, South African rugby coach (b. 1940)
  • 1999-01-19 Ivan Francescato, Italian rugby union footballer (b. 1967)
  • 2004-05-11 Mick Doyle, Irish rugby union footballer and coach
  • 2005-01-24 Chalkie White, English rugby union coach (b. 1929)
  • 2006-06-02 Keith Smith, English professional rugby player (b. 1952)
  • 2007-06-26 Joey Sadler, All Black rugby player (b. 1914)
  • 2007-07-22 Jarrod Cunningham New Zealand rugby player (b. 1968)
  • 2007-10-31 Ray Gravell, Welsh rugby union footballer (b. 1951)
  • 2007-11-23 Pat Walsh, New Zealand rugby union footballer (b. 1936)
  • 2008-12-13 John Drake, New Zealand rugby union footballer (b. 1959)
  • 2009-03-22 Leon Walker, Wakefield Wildcats Rugby Player (b. 1988)
  • 2009-04-06 Shawn Mackay, Brumbies rugby player (b. 1982)
  • 2010-01-19 Bill McLaren Scottish rugby commentator (b. 1923)
  • 2010-08-01 Eric Tindill, New Zealand rugby and cricket international player and referee/umpire (b. 1910)
  • 2012-03-10 Richard White, New Zealand rugby union player, dies at 86
  • 2012-03-13 Jock Hobbs [Michael], New Zealand Rugby Union chairman and All Black, dies from leukemia at 52
  • 2012-10-22 Wilson Whineray, New Zealand rugby player, dies at 77
  • 2012-11-16 Bob Scott, New Zealand Rugby player, dies at 91
  • 2015-06-05 Jerry Collins, Samoan-born New Zealand rugby player (All Blacks), dies in a car crash at 34

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2015-11-18 Jonah Lomu, New Zealand rugby union player and the youngest ever All Black, dies of a heart attack linked to kidney disease at 40

Rugby Union Superstar Jonah Lomu
Rugby Union Superstar
Jonah Lomu