category: Fun Stuff
The USA won the Olympic gold medal for rugby last time it
was competed for and so is the current Olympic
champion! In fact the USA has won the last two
rugby gold medals at the Olympics.
Pope John Paul II played rugby. He
played for Poland.
In the Asian qualifier tournament for
the 1995 World Cup, held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,
October 22-29 1994, Hong Kong fullback Ashley
Billington scored 10 tries for a total of 50 points
in only one game!
The unlucky victims were Singapore who suffered a
world record defeat to the tune of 164-13 in the
Western Samoa's first international
was against Fiji in 1924. The game kick off
was at 7am (so the Samoans could go to work
afterwards) and there was something unusual about
the pitch! The match was played in a
local park, and there was a tree in the centre of
The Calcutta Cup (played for
annually between England and Scotland) was made from
the rupees when the Calcutta rugby club folded.
Although the withdrawal of British troops from India
caused its ultimate demise,
the withdrawal of a
free bar as a membership privilege had
previously lead to dramatic reduction in membership.
Idi Amin (former leader of Uganda)
was an official reserve for East Africa playing against
the 1955 British Lions.
Uganda turned out to play Kenya in Entebbe in
1935, but both sides had white shirts. A lady
spectator eventually provided a large bottle of dye,
and using the water bucket they dyed their shirts
black. They have played in black ever since.
The ball on the lid of the William Webb Ellis Cup (the World
Cup) is not a rugby ball. The Cup is believed to be an old
Association Football trophy.
President Bush played for Yale Rugby team in1968.