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!

Another Holiday Highlight 2015

Another Holiday Highlight 2015

15 May 2015

If you are in England and near the town of Rugby in Warwickshire it really behoves you to pay a visit, right? So this year I did and after a night in the nearby village of Dunchurch a visit to Rugby on its Market Day was a must - and fun. Read more »

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Where All Blacks Fell: The second in a series in 2015

Keith Quinn at the war time Underhill Cemetery near Messines, Belgium.

Where All Blacks Fell: The second in a series in 2015

8 May 2015

It is known that 13 All Blacks died in World War I. Three All Blacks died in Flanders Fields, Belgium. This year on a tour with my wife and friends I visited the three headstones of those who fell in Flanders. This one was at the Underhill Cemetery, near Messines in one direction and Ploegsteert on the other. (The Kiwi soldiers and others called it Plug Street in the same way the town of Ypres became 'Wipers' in mis-pronunciation.) The Underhill Cemetery was so named because it near to a spot that Kiwi tunnelers began to dig to undermine the German held town (of Messines). Read more »

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Where All Blacks Fell: A visit to the last resting place of a man who has no known grave

A finger points to the only reference left of the life of All Black George Sellars

Where All Blacks Fell: A visit to the last resting place of a man who has no known grave

8 May 2015

It was with a particular sadness that I visited the last resting place of the Ponsonby Club's All Black hooker from 1913 and 1914, George Sellars. Read more »

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Where All Blacks Fell; Standing at a famous Rugbyman's grave.

Where All Blacks Fell; Standing at a famous Rugbyman's grave.

6 May 2015

I consider it a very good fortune from my life to have visited the gravesite of the first All Black captain Dave Gallaher a number of times. I first went in 1991 with some All Blacks of the second Rugby World Cup team. But that day one of the team behaved very badly by goose-stepping between the rows and rows of quietly standing headstones. When the player even stuck two fingers under his nose and raised one arm in a disgusting 'Hitler Salute' as he marched I could have killed the young bastard! Read more »

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Such a Shame Japan Are to lose their Sevens Tournament.

Such a Shame Japan Are to lose their Sevens Tournament.

22 April 2015

I've been lucky enough to go to the Japan Sevens for the last few years. Its always a fun event to be at, and not always held in the finest of weather conditions. Now we hear that this year's event will be the last in Tokyo. From next year Singapore will follow after the Hong Kong tournament. So in future we'll miss seeing sights like the one here - which shows all the local staff''s shoes outside the Japanese TV production and commentary boxes at Chichibu Stadium. Read more »

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It never hurts to look back; the last test on Wellington's beloved Athletic Park

It never hurts to look back; the last test on Wellington's beloved Athletic Park

8 March 2015

Memories of dear Athletic Park. The ground in the suburb of Berhampore in Wellington, New Zealand was called 'The Home of Rugby' on a sign inside the ground. But its time as 'HQ' for rugby in Wellington had to end. By 1999 the facilities at the very famous field were old, rusty and literally in danger of collapsing in some places. After rugby had been played there for over 100 years a brand new stadium had been built downtown (in what we know now as Westpac Stadium). So we locals came to that very sad but inevitable day in 1999 - when the last test ever was played on 'our' home ground. Read more »

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