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Re: OLD STUFF - rarities

Postby Canalina » Thu, 02 May 2019, 20:24

1977, the "black" year of italian rugby. Between March and May the "Azzurri" lost in Casablanca against Morocco (10-9) and were trashed in Bucarest by Romania (69-0, that would be 81-0 nowadays with the new points system).
What happened?
The welsh coach of the italian national team, Roy Bish, went "to the mattresses" against the president of the italian federation, Martone. Bish menaced to dismiss and the players were on his side. Martone was re-elected and Bish immediately kept his promise quitting the role. The two games versus Morocco and Romania were played two weeks before and five weeks after the leave of Roy Bish, with an heavy atmosphere between the players.
This surely may explain, at least in part, those two unusual knocks-out.
Romania won the Europe Cup that year, in front of France, Spain, Italy, Poland and Morocco.
Soviet Union finished just second in pool B.

We remembered those events in this facebook post, but it's all in italian language
http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?s ... 0689872550

1977 Europe Cup on wikipedia
https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trophée_européen_FIRA_de_rugby_à_XV_1976-1977

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Postby Luka37 » Fri, 03 May 2019, 09:08

http://www.digitalna.nb.rs/wb/NBS/novin ... 2/mode/1up

On page 13 two photos from the first rugby game played in Serbian capital Belgrade, on June 12, 1921.
Two domestic teams played against each other as soccer curtain raiser game.

Two years later this team played two games against crew of British Naval ship "Glow worm" and mixed international side.

The founders of rugby clubs in Serbia were students whos spent WW1 in Scotland, Engalnd and France.

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/163 ... ugby-home/

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Postby STMKY » Fri, 03 May 2019, 10:09

The first release of the Krasnoyarsk TV program about rugby 15x15. Young coach of STM Alexander Pervukhin and Krasny Yar star Yuri Nikolaev, fragments from the match Russia v Italy in Krasnoyarsk. This is 1998.

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Postby Canalina » Mon, 13 May 2019, 10:40

Moroccan championship 1920 final, in Rabat. From fb page "Rugby au Maroc"

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Postby Canalina » Mon, 13 May 2019, 20:20

The Twickenham Rugby Museum twitter page is a cave of rugby jewels. Look at "the oldest known photograph of rugby", for example (post of April 29)

https://twitter.com/wrugbymuseum

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Postby Canalina » Tue, 14 May 2019, 12:54

The 1860 photo mentioned above, "the oldest rugby photo known".
By the way, someone few years ago discovered a 1851 photo (reported on this thread some pages above) maybe/probably representing as well two teams of rugby, standing before the game; but evidently the Rugby Museum doesn't consider that one a rugby photo with certainty.

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Postby argie » Mon, 20 May 2019, 01:15

The team of the Rosario Athletic Club of 1884, the oldest photo of a rugby team in Argentina.

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