United States (8) beat France (0) in Olympic Games
to take gold (only two teams compete).
Fédération Française de Rugby formed.
International Rugby Board introduced numbering on
Northern Rugby Football Union (NRFU) became the
Rugby Football League.
successfully defend the Olympic title (USA 17 -
France 3), this is a great story! Romania take the
bronze. Rugby has since been discontinued in the
A touring team consisting of the best players from
England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales became known as
the "British Lions" while playing in South Africa
because they wore ties with the British Lion emblem
Cyril Brownlie the first man sent off in an
international (England vs. New Zealand at Twickenham).
The 1924/25 New Zealand team gained the nickname
"The Invincible's", after winning all 32 matches on
British Police Rugby founded, when a semi-official
body known as the Police Rugby Union arranged a few
matches during the course of several seasons. This
picked up very quickly with Police Union Rugby sides
playing against English Counties like Devon and
Cornwall. Records show that a British Police team
toured the West Country and Cornwall as early as
1932. This led on to fixtures with such famous clubs
as Pontypool in 1934 and Llanelli in 1937.
First important 7-a-side tournament organized at
Twickenham (in aid of Middlesex hospital). Won by
Captain H.B.T. Wakelam was the first to broadcast a
commentary on a Rugby International, the match in
question being England v. Wales in 1927. He became
one of the team of all-round commentators, covering
not just rugby, boxing, cricket and tennis, but also
other things entirely, such as Tidworth Tattoo. His
speciality was always rugby, however.