Thinking and talking about rugby every day for 50+ years
In November 2014 for Williment's Sports Tours, along with my wife Anne, I traveled to the UK leading a rugby supporters tour group on the the All Blacks tour. Here is a tour diary.
20 August 2014
And so the Rugby 7s at the these 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games simply raced over another two days to its conclusion today. No time for me to write a diary yesterday but here goes, back in the hotel now that the whole thing is over. Read more »
18 August 2014
Nanjing Diary Day Five and Day Six Read more »
16 August 2014
Some Random thoughts at the end of the build up days here in Nanjing as we reflect on what we know about this place and settle down for the broadcast experience ahead at the Second Summer Youth Olympic Games. Read more »
15 August 2014
Today (Friday 15th August in Nanjing) - I report on our first serious eating experience in this great city. How did we fare? Read on...its was a *verrry* interesting experience! Read more »
14 August 2014
Today (Thursday 14th August in Nanjing) was a day to acclimatise to life for the best part of the next three weeks in this huge Chinese city. Nanjing is the sixth largest city in this massive country with its population a mere 8.2 million! Read more »
13 August 2014
You all know probably what a long flight is like. Today's from Wellington-Auckland-Guangzhou-Nanjing was little different to the norm. Tedious boredom, bad movies (surprisingly), not much sleep, food OK and a rush from terminal to terminal not really sure if I was headed in the right direction. Read more »
NZ beats Wales 33-12 on Eden Park and Fergie McCormick scores 3 conversions, a drop goal and five penalties - 24 points - then the world test record.
Cambridge University, Edinburgh University and Scotland
22 internationals for Scotland 1900–08
1 international for Great Britain 1904
One of the first men in rugby to gain a reputation for being a tough, hard-nosed footballer, D.R. Bedell-Sivright (spelled Bedell-Sievewright by some historians) was a vigorous forward (and a Scottish heavyweight boxing champion), perhaps a forerunner of the tough men of later generations.
There were some who disapproved of Bedell-Sivright’s uncompromising methods, considering them ‘ungentlemanly’. Nevertheless, he built an excellent record in the Scottish forward pack.
He was chosen as captain of the Great Britain team that toured Australia and New Zealand in 1904. Winning that position ahead of an Englishman was perhaps the greatest tribute paid to ‘Darkie’, as the team was chosen by the (English) Rugby Football Union.
Bedell-Sivright, whose brother John also played for Scotland, was for a time a stock-rearer in Australia. He died of blood poisoning at Gallipoli during World War I.
How many Wanganui club players were in the combined King Country-Wanganui team which beat the 1966 British Lions team in Wanganui?