With just a year to go before the Rugby World Cup, this summer’s International friendly matches have given teams an opportunity to blood some new players ahead of the sport’s biggest contest.
Although there were no prizes at stake there is always pride to be played for, especially when the fixtures pitch old rivals against each other. When there are scores to be settled and a history between the teams these games can rarely be described as ‘friendly’.
This month the Royall Lyme series remembers a classic contest between the oldest rivals in rugby and a fixture between these two sides which gave the sport one of its most unexpected results.
Scotland v England: The First Rugby International
Today in 1871 Scotland beat England in the first international rugby union match in Edinburgh, at Raeburn Place pic.twitter.com/gOCIQux6AI
— Charlie Babbage (@CharlieBabbageW) March 27, 2014