MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM ALL OF US AT TRINITY RFCDecember 24, 2020
TITANS TRAINING CONTINUES ON ZOOMJanuary 28, 2021
On 26 January 1871 at the Pall Mall Restaurant on London’s Regent Street, a meeting took place between representatives from 21 clubs, many of which are still in existence today. The representatives were young men, the average age being 23, many were club captains and together they created the world’s first governing body for rugby football.
At the meeting 20 players were also selected to represent England in the first ever international contest on 27 March 1871 following a challenge of an international fixture issued by Scotland.
150 years England Rugby will be marking the anniversary by launching aimless box kicks into the sky above Twickenham proving that Willian Webb-Ellis had completely the wrong idea all those years ago when he thought that running-with-the-ball would prove to be a popular idea.
Other activities to mark the anniversary includes:
- The creation of a heritage rose with artwork by renowned artist Chris Wormell taking inspiration from the very first rose featured on the caps of the 1871 team and still features on players’ caps today.
- A social media campaign on 26 January inspired by the World Rugby Museum’s RFU at 150 exhibition, charting the evolution of the game in England over a century and a half. A physical version of the exhibition will be available in the World Rugby Museum at Twickenham Stadium at a later date.
- A commemorative 150th anniversary book celebrating a century and a half of England Rugby. This coffee table-style hardback will be available to purchase from 21 January at www.englandrugbystore.com priced £30.
- In partnership with Harkness roses, England Rugby will launch a commemorative rose on 1 February.
- A limited-edition heritage kit, created by official technical kit partner Umbro and England Rugby, that will launch tomorrow.
- Official timing partner, Bremont, are also planning something extremely limited, exciting and fitting to tie into the 150th anniversary celebrations, available 150 years on from that illustrious day when it all started.
There will be lots of other exciting anniversary products launching throughout the year. The RFU will also look to celebrate its momentous milestone further with the community game and with supporters back at Twickenham when it is safe to do so.
Trinity RFC will be holding a suitable anniversary celebration as soon as Lime Meadow Avenue reopens and gatherings of more than 15 people a side are allowed.