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!

Colin Meads played 1st class rugby after this injury!

Colin Meads played 1st class rugby after this injury!

8 June 2014

The mighty Colin Meads of King Country New Zealand, who was the symbol of everything that was tough about rugby in the 1960s and '70s. Here he is with his upper body covered in plaster playing with his young son. Weeks earlier near his farm Meads had suffered a broken back after a motor vehicle crash. A matter of months later he had recovered sufficiently to play full international games again, though his All Black days were over. Read more »

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Keith Quinn at his Mecca!

Keith Quinn has visited Menton 3 times; this visit in 2007 during the Rugby World Cup

Keith Quinn at his Mecca!

3 June 2014

Some people journey to Jerusalem or Mecca or other Holy places. Here is Keith Quinn at his personal 'place of pilgrimage'; at the grave of William Webb Ellis at Menton, Southern France. It serene place where one can reflect whether the man buried there really did start the game of rugby in 1823. Read more »

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Those were days - Test rugby in the afternoon!

High above Lancaster Park, Christhcurch, New Zealand, during the Lions v All Blacks 3rd test match.

Those were days - Test rugby in the afternoon!

1 June 2014

In the 1950s when the big test matches were played it was common for air planes to fly over the grounds dragging advertising slogans. This gave the opportunity for wonderful photographs to be taken. This one was taken in 1959 when officially it was 57,000 people attended the All Blacks v British Lions in Christchurch. Note the packed crowd on the embankment (right hand side) but seated fans on the ground in front of the bank. Read more »

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