Rugby Union in History

Events in Sport

Events 1 - 100 of 197

  • 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
  • 1883-03-03 In the series decider England beats Scotland, 2 tries to 1 at Raeburn Place, Edinburgh to win the inaugural Home Nations Rugby Championship with an undefeated record
  • 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
  • 1932-03-19 England beats Scotland, 16-3 at Twickenham, London to force a 3-way share with Wales and Ireland of renewed Home Nations Rugby Championship; France expelled, alleged professionalism
  • 1933-04-01 Scotland beats Ireland, 8-6 at Lansdowne Road, Dublin to win the Home Nations Rugby Championship and Triple Crown
  • 1934-03-17 England beats Scotland, 6-3 at Twickenham, London to win the Home Nations Rugby Championship and Triple Crown
  • 1935-03-16 Scotland beats England, 10-7 at Murrayfield, Edinburgh to allow Ireland to win the Home Nations Rugby Championship with a 2-1 record
  • 1936-03-14 Wales beats Ireland, 3-0 in Cardiff to clinch the Home Nations Rugby Championship with a 2-1-0 record
  • 1937-03-20 England beats Scotland, 6-3 at Murrayfield, Edinburgh to clinch the Home Nations Rugby Championship and Triple Crown

  • 1937-04-12 Sir Frank Whittle ground-tests the first jet engine designed to power an aircraft at Rugby, England.
  • 1938-03-19 Scotland beats England, 21-16 at Twickenham, London to win the Home Nations Rugby Championship, Triple Crown and Calcutta Cup
  • 1939-03-18 England beats Scotland, 9-6 at Murrayfield, Edinburgh to force a share of the Home Nations Rugby Championship with Wales and Ireland
  • 1947-04-19 England beats France, 6-3 at Twickenham to be level on points with Wales for a share of the Five Nations Rugby Championship; first appearance of France in tournament since 1931
  • 1948-03-13 Ireland beats Wales, 6-3 at Ravenhill Stadium, Belfast to clinch the Five Nations Rugby Championship and first Grand Slam
  • 1949-03-12 Ireland retains Five Nations Rugby Championship & Triple Crown with a 5-0 win over Wales at St. Helen's Ground, Swansea
  • 1950-03-25 Wales outclasses France, 21-0 at the National Stadium, Cardiff to clinch the Five Nations Rugby Championship, Grand Slam and Triple Crown
  • 1951-03-10 Ireland clinches their 7th Five Nations Rugby Championship with a 3-3 draw against Wales at the National Stadium, Cardiff
  • 1952-03-22 Wales wins Five Nations Rugby Championship, Grand Slam & Triple Crown with a 9-5 win over France at St. Helen's Ground, Swansea
  • 1953-03-21 England beats Scotland, 26-8 at Twickenham, London to clinch their 14th Five Nations Rugby Championship
  • 1954-04-10 Wales beats Scotland, 15-3 at the St. Helen's Ground, Swansea to share Five Nations Rugby Championship with France and England; France's first title
  • 1955-03-26 France misses out on a maiden Grand Slam after losing, 16-11 to Wales at Stade Colombes; share Five Nations Rugby Championship with Wales with 3-1 record
  • 1956-03-24 Wales beats France, 5-3 at the National Stadium, Cardiff to clinch their 13th Five Nations Rugby Championship
  • 1957-03-16 England clinches its 15th Five Nations Rugby Championship, the Grand Slam, Triple Crown and Calcutta Cup with a 16-3 win over Scotland at Twickenham, London
  • 1958-03-15 England retains the Five Nations Rugby Championship with a 3-3 draw against Scotland at Murrayfield, Edinburgh; England’s 16th FN title
  • 1959-04-04 France beats Wales, 11-3 at Stade Colombes to win the Five Nations Rugby Championship outright for the first time
  • 1960-02-27 Five Nations Rugby Championship is won jointly by England and France with the pivotal game a 3-3 draw between the teams at Stade Colombes, Paris
  • 1960-06-25 South Africa beats New Zealand 13-0 in the first rugby test of the series in Johannesburg
  • 1961-04-15 France wins it’s 2nd outright Five Nations Rugby Championship with an 15-3 victory over Ireland at Lansdowne Road, Dublin
  • 1962-04-14 France retains the Five Nations Rugby Championship with an 11-0 win over Ireland at Stade Colombes, Paris
  • 1963-03-16 England edges Scotland, 10-8 at Twickenham, London to win its 17th Five Nations Rugby Championship
  • 1964-03-21 Wales draws 11-11 with France in Cardiff, whilst Scotland beats England, 15-6 at Murrayfield to leave the Five Nations Rugby Championship shared by Wales and Scotland on 6 competition points
  • 1965-03-20 Wales misses out on a 4th Grand Slam after losing to France, 22-13 at Stade Colombes, Paris despite winning the Five Nations Rugby Championship
  • 1966-03-26 Wales beats France, 9-8 at the National Stadium, Cardiff to clinch their 15th Five Nations Rugby Championship
  • 1967-01-01 Canadian Amateur Football Association formally becomes successor to Canadian Rugby Football Union; turns over the Grey Cup trophy to the CFL
  • 1967-04-15 France wins it’s 4th outright Five Nations Rugby Championship with an 11-6 win over Ireland at Lansdowne Road, Dublin
  • 1968-03-23 France retains the Five Nations Rugby Championship with an 14-9 win over Wales at the National Stadium, Cardiff; first Grand Slam victory for France
  • 1969-04-12 Wales beats England, 30-9 at the National Stadium, Cardiff to clinch their 16th Five Nations Rugby Championship and 11th Triple Crown

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
  • 1970-04-18 France beats England, 35-13 at Stade Colombes, Paris to earn a share of the Five Nations Rugby Championship with Wales
  • 1971-03-27 Wales clinches its 17th Five Nations Rugby Championship, 6th Grand Slam and 12th Triple Crown with a 9-5 win over France at Stade Colombes, Paris
  • 1972-02-26 Ireland-Wales Five Nations Rugby match scheduled for Lansdowne Road, Dublin is cancelled because of escalating political situation; Championship not completed for first time since World War II
  • 1973-04-14 Ireland edges France, 6-4 at Lansdowne Road, Dublin to create a 5-way tie for the Five Nations Rugby Championship; each nation wins their 2 home matches
  • 1974-03-16 Both Wales (12-16 v England) and France (6-19 v Scotland) lose their final round matches handing Ireland their 8th Five Nations Rugby Championship
  • 1975-03-01 Five Nations Rugby Championship match between Scotland and Wales at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh attracts a world record attendance of 104,000; Scots win 12-10
  • 1975-03-15 Wales trounce Ireland, 32-4 at the National Stadium, Cardiff to clinch their 18th Five Nations Rugby Championship
  • 1975-06-28 The South African rugby team beats France 33-18 in Pretoria
  • 1976-03-06 Wales clinch their 7th Five Nations Rugby Championship title, 7th Grand Slam and 13th Triple Crown with a 19-13 win over France at the National Stadium, Cardiff
  • 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
  • 1977-03-19 France beats Ireland, 15-6 at Lansdowne Road, Dublin to clinch its 6th outright Five Nations Rugby Championship and 2nd Grand Slam
  • 1978-03-18 Wales beats France, 16-7 at the National Stadium, Cardiff to clinch its 20th outright Five Nations Rugby Championship, a record 8th Grand Slam and record 3rd consecutive Triple Crown
  • 1979-03-17 Wales beats England, 27-3 at the National Stadium, Cardiff for its 2nd consecutive Five Nations Rugby Championship and record 21st outright title; record 4th straight Triple Crown
  • 1980-03-15 England beats Scotland, 30-18 at Murrayfield, Edinburgh to claim it's 18th outright Five Nations Rugby Championship, 8th Grand Slam and 15th Triple Crown
  • 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
  • 1981-03-21 France beats England 16-12 at Twickenham, London for it's 7th outright Five Nations Rugby Championship and 3rd Grand Slam title
  • 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
  • 1982-03-20 France beats Ireland, 22-9 at the Parc des Princes, Paris but the Irish take the Five Nations Rugby Championship with a 3-1 record and also their 5th Triple Crown
  • 1983-03-19 France (16-9 v Wales) and Ireland (25-15 v England) win final round matches to finish level and share the Five Nations Rugby Championship; no tie-break procedure exists before 1993
  • 1984-03-17 Scotland beats France, 21-12 at Murrayfield to win the Five Nations Rugby Championship outright and Triple Crown for first time since 1938; Grand Slam first time since 1925
  • 1985-03-30 Ireland beats England, 13-10 at Lansdowne Road, Dublin to clinch it's 10th outright Five Nations Rugby Championship and 6th triple Crown
  • 1986-03-15 Scotland (10-9 v Ireland) and France (29-10 v England) win their final round matches to share the Five Nations Rugby Championship with 3-1 records
  • 1987-03-21 France beats Ireland, 19-13 at Lansdowne Road, Dublin the clinch the outright Five Nations Rugby Championship for the 8th time and 4th Grand Slam title
  • 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
  • 1988-03-19 France edges Wales, 10-9 at the National Stadium, Cardiff to share the Five Nations Rugby Championship with the Welsh with 3-1 records
  • 1989-03-19 Wales beats England, 12-9 at Cardiff Arms Park to allow France to claim it's 9th outright Five Nations Rugby Championship
  • 1990-03-17 Scotland beats England, 13-7 at Murrayfield, Edinburgh for it's 14th outright Five Nations Rugby Championship, 3rd Grand Slam title and 10th Triple Crown
  • 1991-03-16 England beats France, 21-19 at Twickenham for it's 19th outright Five Nations Rugby Championship, 9th Grand Slam and 16th Triple Crown; fullback Simon Hodgkinson 4 penalties and a conversion
  • 1991-11-02 2nd Rugby World Cup Final, Twickenham: Australia beats England, 12-6 with Wallabies fly-half Michael Lynagh landing 2 penalties and a conversion

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 155

  • 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, Australian cricketer (Aust & England Rugby wing-forward), born in Ashfield, Sydney, Australia (d. 1931)
  • 1869-08-31 Gregor MacGregor, English cricket wicket-keeper (8 Tests 1890-93) and Scottish rugby union player, born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1919)
  • 1881-07-26 James Cecil Parke, Irish tennis, rugby player (Australasian C'ship 1912, Ireland rugby 20 caps), born in Clones, Ireland (d. 1946)
  • 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, Irish rugby union player, born in County Cork, Ireland
  • 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
  • 1952-03-31 Mike Rafter, England Rugby Union flanker (England 17 caps), born in Bristol, England
  • 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, born in Mpumalanga, South Africa
  • 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, born in Blaenavon, United Kingdom
  • 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
  • 1974-05-29 Stephen Larkham, Australian Rugby Union fly-half, coach (Australia 102 caps), born in Canberra, ACT
  • 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, born in Bethlehem, South Africa
  • 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, born in Morriston, United Kingdom
  • 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, born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1978-07-06 Kevin Senio, New Zealand rugby player
  • 1978-07-18 Shane Horgan, Irish rugby 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

LoveWedding 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 wicket-keeper (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
  • 1946-02-27 James Cecil Parke, Irish tennis, rugby player (Australasian C'ship 1912, Ireland rugby 20 caps), dies at 64
  • 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