List of oldest rugby union competitions

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The following article lists the oldest known rugby union competitions.

Rank Competition Location Date First winner First Runner-up Source(s)
1 United Hospitals Challenge Cup The Oval 1874 Guy's Hospital St George’s Hospital [1]
2 Ulster Schools' Cup Ulster 1876 The Royal School, Armagh Royal Belfast Academical Institution [2]
3 Calcutta Cup Raeburn Place 1879  Scotland  England [3]

Other long established rugby union competitions include:

Competition Location Date First winner First Runner-up Source(s)
Home Nations Championship 1883  England  Scotland [4]
Currie Cup 1889 Western Province [5]
French Championship Bagatelle, Paris 1892 Racing Club de France Stade Français [6]
Ranfurly Shield 1904 Wellington Auckland [7]
Siam Cup 1920 Jersey Jersey Guernsey Guernsey

References[edit]

  1. ^ "United Hospitals RFC Club History". United Hospitals RFC. Retrieved 2009-12-08.  (WaybackMachine archived copy 1 March 2010)
  2. ^ "Past Winners of Ulster Schools' Cup". BBC. 2003-03-14. Retrieved 2009-12-08. 
  3. ^ "The Origin of the Calcutta Cup". RFU. Retrieved 2009-12-08. 
  4. ^ "Official RBS 6 Nations Rugby: History". Retrieved 2009-12-18. 
  5. ^ "ABSA Currie Cup Records". Retrieved 2009-12-18. 
  6. ^ "Bagatelle, Bois de Boulogne, Paris, 20 mars 1892". TOP 14 Orange : Histoire (in French). Ligue Nationale de Rugby. 2004-01-22. Retrieved 2010-12-24. 
  7. ^ "National Competitions". New Zealand Rugby Union. Retrieved 2009-12-18.