Rugby Union in History

Rugby Union: Rugby World Cup - Super Rugby

Events in Sport

Events 1 - 100 of 131

  • 1863-10-26 Football Association forms in England, standardizing soccer, splitting with rugby
  • 1871-01-26 Formation of the first Rugby Union at a meeting at Pall Mall restaurant, London, England
  • 1871-03-27 1st international rugby union match - Scotland 1, England 0 at Raeburn Place, Edinburgh
  • 1873-10-04 Toronto Argonauts Football Club (CFL) forms as Argonaut Rowing Club rugby-football squad; oldest existing pro sports team in North America still using original name
  • 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; beats Surry 4-1; first national rugby team to wear all-black & perform the 'haka'
  • 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
  • 1905-09-02 New Zealand beats Australia 14-3 in cold, wet conditions in the first international Rugby Union match between the countries on New Zealand soil at Tahuna Park in Dunedin

  • 1906-03-14 Calgary City Rugby Football Club forms
  • 1907-09-13 Canadian Interprovincial Rugby Football Union (IRFU) forms with merge of Hamilton Tigers, Toronto Argonauts (ORFU) and Ottawa Rough Riders, Montreal FC (QRFU)
  • 1907-10-05 Canadian Interprovincial Rugby Football Union (IRFU) plays first game; Montreal beats Toronto, 17-8 in Montreal
  • 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
  • 1908-09-29 Calgary Rugby Football Union forms
  • 1908-10-16 Edmonton Rugby Foot-ball Club re-organizes as Esquimoux
  • 1909-10-02 First Rugby Union match is played at the English RFU owned Twickenham ground; Harlequins beat Richmond, 14-10
  • 1910-09-13 Regina Rugby Club forms
  • 1910-09-22 Saskatchewan Rugby Football Union forms
  • 1910-10-01 Regina Rugby Club (to become CFL Saskatchewan Roughriders) plays first game, losing to Moose Jaw Tigers, 16-6
  • 1911-10-21 Manitoba, Saskatchewan & Alberta Unions form Western Canada Rugby Football Union
  • 1926-10-02 Bert Gibb kicks 9 singles as Hamilton Tigers beat Montreal AAA Winged Wheelers 12-10 in Montreal in Canadian Inter-provincial Rugby Football Union opening round
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1970-02-11 John Lennon pays £1,344 fines for 96 protesting South African rugby team playing in Scotland

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 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 in New Zealand
  • 1987-11-01 New Zealand All Blacks create a rugby union international world record score when they beat Japan, 106-4 at the National Stadium in Tokyo
  • 1991-11-02 Rugby World Cup Final: Australia beat England 12-6 at Twickenham with Wallabies fly half Michael Lynagh landing 2 penalties and a conversion

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1994-06-28 Jonah Lomu becomes the youngest-ever All Black at 19 yrs 45 days playing rugby for New Zealand against France in Christchurch

Rugby Union Superstar Jonah Lomu
Rugby Union Superstar
Jonah Lomu
  • 1996-05-25 Blues win the inaugural Super 12 Rugby title with a 45-21 victory over the Natal Sharks at Eden Park, Auckland; fullback Adrian Cashmore lands 3 penalties and 3 conversions for the home team
  • 1996-08-10 New Zealand beats South Africa, 29-18 in Cape Town to win the inaugural Tri Nations Rugby Series with an unbeaten record; All Blacks flyhalf Andrew Mehrtens lands 5 penalties and 2 conversions
  • 1996-12-01 Flamboyant Australian rugby union winger David Campese ends his 15-year, 101 Test career at Cardiff Arms Park in Wales; Wallabies beat Wales, 28-19; Campese scores record 64 career tries
  • 1996-12-07 Australian rugby union team ends 12-game European tour unbeaten after 39-19 victory over the Barbarians at Twickenham; Wallabies fullback Matt Burke scores 2 tries and lands 4 conversions, 2 penalties
  • 1997-05-31 Blues win their second straight Super 12 Rugby title with a 23-7 victory over the ACT Brumbies at Eden Park, Auckland; fullback Adrian Cashmore lands 3 penalties and 2 conversions for the home team
  • 1997-08-16 New Zealand beats Australia, 36-24 in Dunedin to retain the Tri Nations Rugby Series with an unbeaten record; All Blacks flyhalf Carlos Spencer lands 5 penalties and 3 conversions; halftime NZ, 36-0
  • 1998-05-30 In an all-NZ final, Andrew Mehrtens lands 2 penalties and 2 conversions as the Canterbury Crusaders beat the Blues, 20-13 at Eden Park, Auckland; Crusaders first Super 12 Rugby title
  • 1998-08-22 South Africa beats Australia, 29-15 in Johannesburg to win their first Tri Nations Rugby Series with an unbeaten record; Springboks fullback Percy Montgomery lands 5 penalties and 2 conversions
  • 1999-05-30 Canterbury Crusaders retain their Super 12 Rugby title with a 24-19 win over Otago Highlanders at Carisbrook, Dunedin; flyhalf Andrew Mehrtens kicks 3 penalties, a conversion and dropped goal for the winners
  • 1999-08-14 New Zealand win their 3rd Tri Nations Rugby Series as South Africa edges Australia, 10-9 in Cape Town; All Blacks' only defeat comes in final round dead rubber, 28-7 against Wallabies in Sydney
  • 2000-03-18 England clinch inaugural Six Nations Rugby Championship with 59-12 thrashing of Italy at Stadio Flaminio, Rome; England flyhalf Jonny Wilkinson kicks 7 goals and winger Austin Healey scores 3 tries
  • 2000-05-27 Crusaders claim their 3rd consecutive Super 12 Rugby title with a 20-19 win over the ACT Brumbies at Bruce Stadium, Canberra; flyhalf Andrew Mehrtens kicks 5 penalties for the winners
  • 2000-07-15 World record Rugby attendance of 108,874 see New Zealand beat Australia, 39-35 in Tri Nations match at Stadium Australia, Sydney; 5 tries each with Andrew Mehrtens' goal kicking (6) the difference
  • 2000-08-26 Australia clinches first Tri Nations Rugby Series with a 19-18 win over South Africa in Durban; Wallabies centre Stirling Mortlock lands 4 penalties and a conversion
  • 2000-12-02 England holds off a determined comeback by South Africa to notch up their 3rd Southern Hemisphere rugby scalp of the autumn with a 25-17 win at Twickenham; previously beat Australia, 22-19 and Argentina, 19-0
  • 2001-05-26 Fullback Andrew Walker kicks 5 penalties and 3 conversions as the ACT Brumbies win their first Super 12 Rugby title; beat Coastal Sharks (Durban), 36-6 at Bruce Stadium, Canberra
  • 2001-09-01 Australian Rugby Union team gives all-conquering captain John Eales perfect send off in his final international with a famous last minute, 29-26 win over New Zealand in Sydney; Wallabies retain Tri Nations Series
  • 2001-10-20 Despite 20-14 final round loss to Ireland in Dublin, England retains Six Nations Rugby Championship; set new records for points scored (229), tries scored (29) and overall points-difference (+149)
  • 2001-11-01 In the Wallabies’ 400th rugby union Test match in history, Australia routs Spain 92-10 (Australian record score) in Madrid; Matt Burke kicks an Australian record 10 conversions
  • 2002-04-06 France beats Ireland 44-5 at Stade de France, Saint Denis to complete a Grand Slam and win the Six Nations Rugby Championship; their 13th title
  • 2002-05-25 Crusaders win 4th Super 12 Rugby title with a 31-13 thumping of the ACT Brumbies at Jade Stadium, Christchurch; flyhalf Andrew Mehrtens boots 3 penalties, 2 conversions and a dropped goal for the winners
  • 2002-08-10 New Zealand beats South Africa, 30-23 in Durban to win their fourth Tri Nations Rugby Series; All Blacks score 4 tries to 2
  • 2003-03-30 In a final match decider, England beats Ireland 42-6 in Dublin to complete a Grand Slam and win the Six Nations Rugby Championship; Jonny Wilkinson kicks 3 conversions, a penalty and 2 dropped goals for England
  • 2003-05-24 Auckland Blues beat defending champion Canterbury Crusaders, 21-17 at Eden Park, Auckland for their 3rd Super 12 Rugby title
  • 2003-08-16 New Zealand beats Australia, 21-17 at Eden Park, Auckland to win their 5th Tri Nations Rugby Series; All Blacks have undefeated 4-0 record and regain Bledisloe Cup from Wallabies
  • 2004-03-27 France beats England, 24-21 at Stade de France, Saint Denis to complete a Grand Slam and win the Six Nations Rugby Championship; England earns the Triple Crown
  • 2004-05-22 ACT Brumbies claim their 2nd Super 12 Rugby title with a 47-38 win over the Canterbury Crusaders at Canberra Stadium; Brumbies wingers Mark Gerrard (3) and Joe Roff (2) combine for 5 tries
  • 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
  • 2004-08-21 South Africa clinch their 2nd Tri Nations Rugby Series on points differential with a 23-19 win over Australia in Durban; Wallabies score 3 tries to 2, but Percy Montgomery lands 5 goals for Springboks
  • 2004-11-27 New Zealand's All Blacks thump Six Nations Rugby Union Champions France 45-6 in Paris
  • 2005-03-19 Wales beats Scotland, 32-20 at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff to win Six Nations Rugby Championship; becomes first team ever to complete a Grand Slam playing more games away than at home
  • 2005-05-28 Crusaders claim their 5th Super 10 Rugby title with a 35-25 win over the NSW Waratahs at Jade Stadium, Christchurch; Dan Carter lands 3 conversions & 2 penalties for the winners
  • 2005-09-03 After beating South Africa the previous weekend, New Zealand clinch their 6th Tri Nations Rugby Series with a 34-24 win over Australia in Auckland; All Blacks winger Doug Howlett crosses for 3 tries
  • 2006-03-18 France wins Six Nations Rugby Championship on points difference over Ireland, with a 21-16 win over Wales at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff; Ireland receives consolation prize of the Triple Crown Trophy
  • 2006-05-27 Crusaders retain their Super 14 Rugby title with a 19-12 win over the Wellington Hurricanes at Jade Stadium, Christchurch; Dan Carter kicks 4 penalties and a conversion for the winners
  • 2006-08-26 New Zealand retain Tri Nations Rugby Series with 45-26 win over South Africa in Pretoria; All Blacks flyhalf Dan Carter lands 4 penalties and 4 conversions
  • 2006-11-26 The last international rugby match before demolition of Dublin's famous Lansdowne Road Stadium is Ireland's 61-17 win over the Pacific Islanders
  • 2006-12-31 The final contest at the old Lansdowne Road Stadium in Dublin is a rugby match with Leinster beating Ulster 20-12 in a Celtic League game
  • 2007-05-19 In an all South African final the Bulls (Pretoria) edge the home team Sharks, 20-19 in Durban for their first Super 14 Rugby title; Bulls flyhalf Derick Hougaard boots 2 penalties & 2 conversions
  • 2007-07-21 New Zealand beats Australia, 26-12 at Eden Park, Auckland to win their 3rd consecutive Tri Nations Rugby Series; flyhalf Dan Carter lands 7 penalties for the All Blacks
  • 2008-03-15 Wales beats France, 29-12 at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff to complete a Grand Slam and win the Six Nations Rugby Championship with a 19th Triple Crown
  • 2008-05-31 Canterbury Crusaders claim their 7th Super 14 Rugby title with a 20-12 win over NSW Waratahs at AMI Stadium, Christchurch; Dan Carter kicks 4 penalties and a dropped goal for the home team
  • 2008-09-13 New Zealand beats Australia, 28-24 in Brisbane to clinch their 4th straight Tri Nations Rugby Series; flyhalf Dan Carter scores a try and lands 4 conversions for the All Blacks
  • 2009-03-21 Ireland completes a Grand Slam with a 17-15 win over Wales at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff to win the Six Nations Rugby Championship
  • 2009-05-30 Morné Steyn kicks 5 conversions and 2 penalties as the Bulls thump the Chiefs (Waikato, NZ), 61-17 in Pretoria for their 2nd Super 14 Rugby title
  • 2009-09-12 South Africa claims 3rd Tri Nations Rugby Series with 32-29 win over defending champions New Zealand in Hamilton; Steyn bros dominate with the boot; Morné kicks 2 penalties, 2 conversions & dropped goal; François, 3 penalties
  • 2010-03-20 France edges England, 12-10 at Stade de France, Saint Denis to complete a Grand Slam and win the Six Nations Rugby Championship; France's 17th title
  • 2010-05-29 Super Rugby Final, Orlando Stadium, Soweto: Bulls (Pretoria) successfully defend their title with a 25-17 win over the Stormers (Cape Town) in an all-South African final
  • 2010-05-29 In an all South African Super 14 Rugby final, the Bulls (Pretoria) retain title, 25-17 over the Stormers (Cape Town) at the Orlando Stadium, Soweto; Morné Steyn kicks 6 penalties and a conversion for the Bulls
  • 2010-08-21 New Zealand clinch their 10th Tri Nations Rugby Series with one match remaining, scoring 2 tries in the last 3 minutes to beat South Africa, 29–22 in the first-ever Test at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg
  • 2011-03-19 Despite a final round 24-8 defeat to Ireland at the new Aviva Stadium in Dublin, England wins the Six Nations Rugby Championship courtesy of their opening 4 straight victories
  • 2011-07-09 Super Rugby Final, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane: Queensland Reds beat Canterbury Crusaders 18-13 at home for their first SR title
  • 2011-08-27 Australia claims final Tri Nations Rugby Series with 25-20 win over New Zealand in Brisbane; Argentina's Pumas join competition the following year; series rebranded The Rugby Championship
  • 2012-03-17 Wales beats France, 16-9 at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff to wrap up the Grand Slam and win the Six Nations Rugby Championship; Welsh fullback Leigh Halfpenny kicks 3 penalties and a conversion
  • 2012-08-04 Super Rugby Final, Waikato Stadium, Hamilton: Chiefs win their first SR title with a 37-6 thrashing of the Sharks (Durban, RSA) at home

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 153

  • 1806-11-24 William Webb Ellis, credited with the invention of Rugby (d. 1872)
  • 1860-09-11 James Allan, New Zealand rugby union player All Black, born in Taieri, Otago, New Zealand (d. 1934)
  • 1867-04-13 Sammy Woods, cricket bowler (Aust & England Rugby wing-forward)
  • 1869-08-31 Gregor MacGregor, English cricket wicketkeeper (8 Tests 1890-93) and Scottish rugby union player, born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1919)
  • 1893-05-08 Teddy Wakelam, English sports broadcaster and rugby union player (d. 1963)
  • 1900-08-01 Otto Nothling, Australian rugby union player and cricketer (Test for Australia 1928, 52 runs aver 26), born in Witta, Queensland, Australia (d. 1965)
  • 1905-03-20 Jean Galia, French rugby footballer (d. 1949)
  • 1905-04-25 George Nepia, New Zealand rugby player, born in Wairoa, New Zealand (d. 1986)
  • 1908-12-14 Claude Davey, Welsh rugby union footballer, born in Garnant, Wales (d. 2001)
  • 1910-12-18 Eric Tindill, New Zealand rugby and cricket player (international cricket umpire, rugby referee), born in Nelson, New Zealand (d.2010)
  • 1912-07-18 Max Rousié, French rugby footballer, born in Marmande, Lot-et-Garonne, France (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 and rugby player, born in Devonport, Auckland (d. 1980)
  • 1916-08-27 Tony Harris, South African cricketer (8 Tests for South Africa 1947-49, 100 runs) and rugby union player (Springbok), born in Kimberley, Cape Province (d. 1993)
  • 1921-02-06 Bob Scott [Robert], Rugby player (All Black, 1946-54), born in Wellington, New Zealand (d. 2012)
  • 1925-06-11 Richard White, New Zealand rugby union player (55 games as an All Black), born in Gisborne, New Zealand (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
  • 1934-05-01 Nev MacEwan, New Zealand rugby union #8 (All Blacks 20 caps), born Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1935-07-10 Wilson Whineray, New Zealand All Black rugby player (1957-65), born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 2012)
  • 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, born in Toomebridge, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
  • 1940-09-29 John Dawes, rugby coach
  • 1943-12-21 Walter Spanghero, French rugby player, born in Payra-sur-l'Hers, France
  • 1945-01-06 Barry John, Welsh rugby player, born in Cefneithin, United Kingdom
  • 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 J. J. [John James] Williams, Welsh rugby player, born in Nantyffyllon, Wales
  • 1949-09-11 Roger Uttley, English rugby union player, born in Blackpool, England
  • 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, born in Maesteg, Wales
  • 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 James Bowie Hobbs], chairman of the New Zealand Rugby Union and 21 test All Black, born in Christchurch, New Zealand (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 winger (101 Tests, record 64 tries), born in Queanbeyan, NSW
  • 1963-02-18 Rob Andrew, English rugby player
  • 1963-06-19 Rory Underwood, English rugby union footballer
  • 1964-07-01 Bernard Laporte, French Rugby Union coach (France 1999-2007), born in Rodez, France
  • 1964-08-16 Nigel Redman, English rugby international player
  • 1966-07-27 Al Charron, Canadian rugby union forward, born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 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, born in Suva, Fiji
  • 1968-10-28 Marc Lièvremont, French rugby union footballer and coach
  • 1971-02-20 Joost can der Westhuizen, South African rugby player, born in Pretoria (d. 2017)
  • 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
  • 1972-10-20 Will Greenwood, English rugby union player (Leicester Tigers, 2003 World Cup squad), born in Blackburn, Lancashire
  • 1972-10-31 Matt Dawson, English rugby union footballer, born in Birkenhead, England
  • 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, New Zealand rugby player, born in Invercargill, New Zealand
  • 1974-07-30 Jason Robinson, English dual-code rugby player
  • 1974-08-22 Agustín Pichot, Argentine rugby player, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1975-01-02 Reuben Thorne, New Zealand rugby union player

Person of interestJonah Lomu

1975-05-12 Jonah Lomu, New Zealand rugby union winger (youngest ever All Black, 63 internationals), 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, born in Paraparaumu, New Zealand
  • 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, born in Henderson, New Zealand
  • 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, born in Cork, Ireland
  • 1978-03-04 Denis Dallan, Italian rugby union footballer
  • 1978-03-30 Chris Paterson, Scottish rugby player and coach, born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1978-04-03 John Smit, South African rugby player, born in Polokwane, South Africa
  • 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, born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
  • 1978-09-05 Chris Jack, New Zealand rugby union footballer (All Blacks), born in Christchurch, New Zealand

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

  • 1919-08-20 Gregor MacGregor, English cricket wicketkeeper (8 Tests 1890-93) and Scottish rugby union player, dies at 49
  • 1934-09-02 James Allan, New Zealand rugby union player All Black, dies at 73
  • 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
  • 1959-06-02 Max Rousié, French rugby footballer, dies in a car crash at 46
  • 1963-07-10 Teddy Wakelam, English sports broadcaster and rugby union player (b. 1893)
  • 1965-09-26 Otto Nothling, Australian rugby union player and cricketer (did next to nothling in Aust), dies at 65
  • 1986-06-27 George Nepia, New Zealand rugby player, dies at 81
  • 1993-01-04 Daniel H Craven, South African rugby coach, dies
  • 1993-03-07 Tony Harris, South African cricketer (8 Tests for South Africa 1947-49, 100 runs) and rugby union player (Springbok), dies at 76
  • 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, cricket representative (international cricket umpire, rugby referee), dies at 99
  • 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 All Black rugby player (1957-65), 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 interestJonah Lomu

2015-11-18 Jonah Lomu, New Zealand rugby union winger (youngest ever All Black, 63 internationals), dies of a heart attack linked to kidney disease at 40

Rugby Union Superstar Jonah Lomu
Rugby Union Superstar
Jonah Lomu
  • 2017-02-06 Joost can der Westhuizen, South African rugby player, dies of motor neurone disease at 45