Want to help ?
National Rugby Unions | Laws | Scoring | Player Numbering | Player Positions | * | *
Rugby School | Club History | Bloxham's Letter | Split of Union and League | Thomas Hughs | * | *
The Ball | Apparel | * | * | * | * | *
Olympics | Six Nations | Tri-nations | Rugby World Cup | Women's RWC | * | *
Rugby History Links | General Rugby Links | Club History Links | * | * | * | *
subglobal8 link | subglobal8 link | subglobal8 link | subglobal8 link | subglobal8 link | subglobal8 link | subglobal8 link

Historical Rugby Milestones 1940s

Carl Mullen signs rugby ball for small boy


WW2 see more about Rugby at war.


Although Rugby union players could not normally take part in a Rugby league game without being kicked out of the union and receiving a life ban and likewise any rugby league player could not play union, during the war the military were exempt and players could switch codes with impunity.

During WWII Twickenham was used as a Civil Defence Depot, the East Car Park was dug up for allotments, and the West Car Park was a coal dump.


The RFU appointed medical student Tommy Kemp as England's first war-time captain. Kemp, who played his first international in 1937, finished in 1948, one of a handful to have played either side of the war. He also captained England in his fifth and final official appearance.


January 23rd - A game took place at Headingly on January 23rd, 1943, under Union laws, between Northern Command Rugby League XV and Northern Command Rugby Union XV. A crowd of 8,000 saw the league team win 18-11.


April 24th. Rugby League Combined services played Rugby Union Combined services, under Union laws, at Odsal (Bradford) with the league side winning 15 - 10. Bob Weighill who later became secretary of the RFU played.


Cambridge beat Oxford beat 16-4 at Grange Road, Cambridge in the last war-time Varsity match.


Dr Kevin O'Flanagan, an all round sportsman, played rugby for Ireland against France (in an unofficial international) and then played soccer for the Ireland national football team against Scotland seven days later. He won his only official cap in a Test against Australia, a 16-3 defeat at Lansdowne Road. He died in a Dublin hospital in 2006 aged 86.


France plays its first Five Nations games since 1931 as the championship restarts after the war.

Mick O'Flanagan (brother of Kevin , see 1946) played international soccer on September 30, 1946 in a game against England. He began playing rugby union with Lansdowne R.F.C. and on February 28, 1948, he played for Ireland against Scotland in a 6-0 win at Lansdowne Road. The team features Karl Mullen and Jack Kyle,who went on to win the Triple Crown, Grand Slam and the 1948 Five Nations Championship.

1948 - Dropped goal reduced from 4 points to 3 points.

Australia beat England 11 - 0 at Twickenham:


Credit: Britishpathe news


But Australia go down to the Barbarians in the last match of their tour 9 - 6:


Credit: Britishpathe news


The Australian rugby union is founded, taking control over from the New South Wales Rugby Union.

Australia, New Zealand and South Africa become members of the IRFB.

First France tour, to Argentina. The tourists win all nine games, including the two Test matches.



Carl Mullen signs rugby ball for small boyCredits |Contact Us | ©2007