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 Ref
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 Yorkshire Cup Recreation Ground, Holbeack 1877 Halifax York [3]
4 Calcutta Cup Raeburn Place 1879  Scotland  England [4]

Other long established rugby union competitions include:

Competition Location Date First winner First runner-up Ref
Shute Shield Sydney 1874 Waratah
Home Nations Championship United Kingdom 1883  England  Scotland [5]
The Treasury vs. Land Information New Zealand Wellington 1886 Unknown Unknown [6]
Leinster Towns Cup Ireland 1888 Blackrock College RFC [7]
Currie Cup South Africa 1889 Western Province [8]
French Championship Bagatelle, Paris 1892 Racing Club de France Stade Français [9]
Mulock Cup (University of Toronto Intramural Championship) Toronto 1895 Faculty of Medicine [10]
River Plate Rugby Championship Argentina 1899 Lomas Athletic Club Buenos Aires Football Club [11]
Ranfurly Shield New Zealand 1904 Wellington Auckland [12]
Clifford Cup Sri Lanka 1911 United Services All Ceylon
Siam Cup Channel Islands 1920 Jersey Jersey Reds Guernsey Guernsey

References[edit]

  1. ^ "United Hospitals RFC Club History". United Hospitals RFC. Archived from the original on 1 March 2010. Retrieved 2009-12-08.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link) ()
  2. ^ "Past Winners of Ulster Schools' Cup". BBC. 2003-03-14. Retrieved 2009-12-08.
  3. ^ Yorkshire Cup final programmes, including the 1978 Centenary Programme.
  4. ^ "The Origin of the Calcutta Cup". RFU. Retrieved 2009-12-08.
  5. ^ "Official RBS 6 Nations Rugby: History". Archived from the original on 2009-10-15. Retrieved 2009-12-18.
  6. ^ "New Zealand Treasury Post". Retrieved 2016-12-08.
  7. ^ "Domestic News".
  8. ^ "ABSA Currie Cup Records" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-25. Retrieved 2009-12-18.
  9. ^ "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.
  10. ^ "University of Toronto Intramurals - Mulock Cup History". Retrieved 2016-06-02.
  11. ^ "National Competitions". Union Argentina de Rugby. Archived from the original on 2013-02-19. Retrieved 2015-08-06.
  12. ^ "National Competitions". New Zealand Rugby Union. Retrieved 2009-12-18.