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Events in Sport

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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
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
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.
1970-02-11 - John Lennon pays £1,344 fines for 96 protesting South African rugby team playing in Scotland
2004-08-15 - Bay of Plenty win Rugby Union's Ranfurly shield for the first time in the shield's 102 year history and after 28 unsuccessful challenges. They defeated Auckland. 33-26
2004-11-27 - New Zealand's All Blacks thump Six Nations Rugby Union Champions France 45-6 in Paris

Birthdays in Sport

Results 1 - 100 of 136

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
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 international 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
1960-05-31 - 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)
1968-05-20 - Waisale Serevi, Fijian rugby union and rugby sevens footballer
1968-10-28 - Marc Lièvremont, French rugby union footballer and coach
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
1975-05-12 - Jonah Lomu, New Zealand rugby union footballer
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
1976-08-12 - 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 International 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 International 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
1979-10-01 - Marko Stanojevic, English-born Italian rugby union footballer
1979-10-20 - Paul O'Connell, Irish rugby player
1980-02-20 - Imanol Harinordoquy, French rugby union footballer
1980-03-14 - Ben Herring, New Zealand rugby union footballer
1980-05-14 - Hugo Southwell, Scottish rugby union footballer

Deaths in Sport

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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
1994-12-31 - Woodrow "Woody" Strode, US rugby player and African American cowboy actor (Oil), dies aged 80
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)


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