Favourite Photos: People, places and stories from around the rugby world

From my travels I have collected many photos; had them sent to me or saved them, because, well, behind most of them there is a good story!

A great shot of the much missed Lancaster Park

I love this picture because it says so much about a typical rugby fan's view of a New Zealand rugby test in the 1960s. It was taken by a young Christchurch lad Warwick Burke, who later became an accomplished broadcaster in Wellington. He commentated rugby for a time and these days is a superb news reader on National Radio. I like the picture as it is a reminder of the old Lancaster Park in Christchurch, a ground which was smashed by the earthquakes of recent times and has been abandoned. This picture shows the view the everyday person got from the wide embankment which ran the length of one side of the field. A crowd of 50,000 saw this afternoon game when Brian Lochore's All Blacks beat Mike Campbell-Lamerton's Lions by 19-6. Note also the slightly muddy field - which is something the modern test player does not encounter to the same extent. And the winger No.14 is throwing the ball into the lineout. These days the ball is thrown to a lineout almost exclusively by the hookers. I also note the very dignified clothing some of the photographers are wearing. Pullovers and jackets being preferred by some. [Scroll down here for more great photographs]

A great shot of the much missed Lancaster Park

27 September 2014

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Bill McLaren's Big Sheets - done before every game he covered

The amazing Scottish TV commentator Bill McLaren commentated on the game for the BBC for over 50 years. The much loved Bill prepared assiduously before EVERY game he was to broadcast. His family tell us he would often start on Monday for a game to be played the following Saturday. The result were these handwritten 'Big Sheets' about every player and official to be involved. He left nothing to chance. It was often said 'Bill knew mre about each player that they knew about themselves!' Note how he used different coloured pens to separate each fact. That there so there was no 'searching' for them during a live telecast. This 'Big Sheet' was drawn up for his call of the All Blacks v Barbarians Club at Twickenham in 1993. Details of the scores, scoring, players, referees and reserves and even those who were to sit in the official box are all found here if you look closely. After this game Bill would file the sheet away and two days later would begin another sheet for his next call.

Bill McLaren's Big Sheets - done before every game he covered

26 September 2014

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The Olympics Come to China - Again!

At the Nanjing Old City Wall 2014 - it was first built in 1366.

The Olympics Come to China - Again!

28 August 2014

I had been to China a number of times before 2014. The main time was for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, then for the Paralympic Games which followed. I was in the country then for nearly two months. I had been for rugby reasons too; Firstly to Shanghai for several IRB 7s rugby tournaments and then there was a similar event in Beijing in 2003. That time the IRB were hoping to impress upon the 2008 Chinese Olympic Games Officials how nicely their game would sit in an Olympic programme. That didn't happen then but it has now. So in 2014 here I was in Nanjing and forgive me if I felt part of a breakthrough rugby broadcast team for the Olympic movement. The Summer Youth Sevens event in Nanjing was great fun. So I made sure I found time to make an appropriate 'location' picture to mark my time in this city. Here I am at the Nanjing Old City Wall with the Olympic rings a backdrop. Construction on the wall was started in 1366.  Read more »

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Danie Craven did it best

Danie Craven wasn't the first to specialise with this halfback's pass - but he was the best!

Danie Craven did it best

16 August 2014

Is this the best photograph ever taken of a rugby dive-pass? If it's not then show me a better one. This is the great Danie Craven playing for South Africa v New Zealand in the third test match of 1937 at Eden Park in Auckland. Some old historians claim Craven 'invented' the dive-pass for a halfback in the 1930s but in fact it was first used to best effect by an earlier Springbok half, by the name of Dauncie Devine - in the South African team which played New Zealand in South Africa in 1928. Read more »

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All Blacks first time on TV - 1954

January 1954 and on TV for the first time New Zealand beats England 5-0

All Blacks first time on TV - 1954

17 June 2014

The All Blacks in full colour playing their test matches are a familiar sight these days. But it was not always that way. This is a freeze-frame photo taken from the first ever live telecast of New Zealand's famous team on television. Coverage was in black and white only and only four cameras intercut the action. Focus on the play a far from the high definition of the modern digital coverage of today. New Zealand beat England in this match in 1954 by 5-0. Read more »

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Lionel Wilson gives us a reminder about the Good old days!

1965 Springbok fullback Lionel Wilson after a fearful collision during the South Africa v Canterbury match.

Lionel Wilson gives us a reminder about the Good old days!

9 June 2014

The 1965 South African fullback Lionel Wilson sent this picture to KeithQuiinnRugby.com some years ago. It is from his private collection of memorabilia and shows how he looked after being involved in a fearful collision during the South Africa v Canterbury game. He recovered from the black eye and played a test match a week later! Wilson came to New Zealand to live permanently in the years after the tour. Read more »

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