World Rugby Museum

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World Rugby Museum
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World Rugby Museum is located in Greater London
World Rugby Museum
Location within Greater London
LocationTwickenham Stadium, Richmond upon Thames
Coordinates51°27′18″N 0°20′26″W / 51.45502°N 0.34049°W / 51.45502; -0.34049

The World Rugby Museum re-opened in early February 2018 in the South Stand of Twickenham Stadium formerly opened as ‘The Museum of Rugby’ in 1996. It became the World Rugby Museum in 2007. Its collection comprises over 37,000 pieces of rugby memorabilia, boots, balls, jerseys, programmes, match-tickets, books and assorted paraphernalia.


The World Rugby Museum has several fluid exhibition spaces in which it rotates objects from its collection and curates a regular programme of special exhibitions.

Past exhibitions have included: HQ at 100, One Century Hundreds of Moments. More Than A Tour, the 1905 All-Blacks. Gone But Not Forgotten, Rugby Players at War. England 2010, the Women's Rugby World Cup. From War to Tour, 1906 and the First Springboks.

Permanent exhibitions include: The Twickenham Wall of Fame, The Birth of Rugby and The World of Rugby.

Twickenham Wall of Fame[edit]

The Wall of Fame was opened by Martin Johnson (rugby union) on 3 June 2005. It is a celebration of the best players from all over the world to have played at Twickenham Stadium.

The Wall of Fame players[edit]

Rugby Wall of Famers
Induction date Name National Side
Agustín Pichot  Argentina
Hugo Porta  Argentina
David Campese  Australia
Ken Catchpole  Australia
Mark Ella  Australia
Nick Farr-Jones  Australia
Michael Lynagh  Australia
Cyril Towers  Australia
Col Windon  Australia
John Birkett  England
Fran Cotton  England
WJA Davies  England
Peter Jackson  England
Ronald Poulton-Palmer  England
Rob Andrew  England
Neil Back  England
Bill Beaumont  England
Jeffrey Butterfield  England
William Carling  England
FE Chapman  England
Ronald Cove-Smith  England
Lawrence Dallaglio  England
Wade Dooley  England
David Duckham  England
Eric Evans  England
Bernard Gadney  England
Jeremy Guscott  England
Richard Hill  England
Bob Hiller  England
Ron Jacobs  England
Dickie Jeeps  England
Martin Johnson  England
Jason Leonard  England
Cyril Lowe  England
Brian Moore  England
Alexander Obolensky  England
Chris Oti  England
Dean Richards  England
Jason Robinson  England
Budge Rogers  England
Hal Sever  England
Richard Sharp  England
Adrian Stoop  England
Rory Underwood  England
Roger Uttley  England
William Wavell Wakefield  England
Peter Wheeler  England
Peter Winterbottom  England
Norman Wodehouse  England
Clive Woodward  England
Jean Prat  France
Serge Blanco  France
Didier Codorniou  France
Xavier Dutour  France
Raphaël Ibañez  France
Jean-Pierre Rives  France
Philippe Saint-André  France
Philippe Sella  France
Simon Geoghegan  Ireland
Michael Gibson  Ireland
Willie John McBride  Ireland
Tom Kiernan  Ireland
Jackie Kyle  Ireland
Tony O'Reilly  Ireland
George Stephenson  Ireland
Keith Wood  Ireland
Diego Domínguez  Italy
Massimo Giovanelli  Italy
Alessandro Troncon  Italy
Don Clarke  New Zealand
Sean Fitzpatrick  New Zealand
John Kirwan  New Zealand
Jonah Lomu  New Zealand
Colin Meads  New Zealand
Graham Mourie  New Zealand
George Nepia  New Zealand
Mircea Paraschiv  Romania
Gary Armstrong  Scotland
Gordon Brown  Scotland
Peter Brown  Scotland
Gavin Hastings  Scotland
Andrew Irvine  Scotland
Roy Laidlaw  Scotland
Robert Wilson Shaw  Scotland
Ian Scott Smith  Scotland
Gerry Brand  South Africa
Dawie de Villiers  South Africa
Frik du Preez  South Africa
Hennie Muller  South Africa
François Pienaar  South Africa
Chester Williams  South Africa
Phillip Bennett  Wales
Gerald Davies  Wales
Gareth Edwards  Wales
Vivian Jenkins  Wales
Barry John  Wales
Kenneth Jones  Wales
Lewis Jones  Wales
Cliff Morgan  Wales
JPR Williams  Wales
Rugby Wall of Famers - Country Representation
National Side Number of players represented
 England 41
 France 8
 Scotland 8
 Wales 9
 Australia 7
 Ireland 8
 New Zealand 7
 South Africa 6
 Italy 3
 Argentina 2
 Romania 1


The World Rugby Museum’s education facilities predominantly comprise its ‘Workshops and Seminars’ programme.

Workshops involve a series of hands-on, curriculum-focused active-learning sessions, such as: ‘Rugby Strips & Textiles’, ‘What Kind of Rugby Player Are You?’ and ‘How to be a Rugby Fitness Coach’.

Seminars are delivered by professionals from within the Rugby Football Union and include: ‘Twickenham Control’, ‘Commercial Twickenham’ and ‘Pro Sports Coaching’.

‘Workshops and Seminars’ received the Sandford Award for Heritage Education in 2010.[1]


The World Rugby Museum has the most extensive collection of rugby football memorabilia in the world and includes over 25,000 recorded objects, 7,000 pieces of archival material and 7-8,000 photographs.[2]

It includes the RFU collection, the Harry Langton Collection and the RFU Rugby Archive.

Star items include: the Calcutta Cup, the 2003 Rugby World Cup, an 1871 England Jersey and Cap and an 1888 Anglo-Australian Tour Jersey and Cap.

The World Rugby Museum is a museum of international rugby history and includes objects from all over the globe.

World Rugby Museum collection

Rugby Archive[edit]

The Rugby Archive consists of over 7,000 pieces of archival material including books, match-programmes, minutes and club histories.

Star items include: Rugby Football Union minutes 1871-1949, the 1907 Twickenham Stadium deeds, a photograph album relating to the first British and Irish lions Tour of South Africa in 1891, the original 'Football Rules' as produced at Rugby School in 1845 and the Rugby Football Union's 1871 'Proposed Laws of the Game'.

The archive does not operate a lending facility but students and private researchers can use the resource upon appointment.

Rugby Football Foundation[edit]

The World Rugby Museum comes under the umbrella of the Rugby Football Foundation, a charitable trust established by the Rugby Football Union.

Twickenham Stadium Tours

See also[edit]


  1. ^ bgpr040211/2. "Loyd Grossman To Present The Sandford Awards For Heritage Education 2010 and 2015 and was nominated for the inaugural School Travel Awards in 2016". Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln. Retrieved 14 June 2012.
  2. ^ Spragg, Iain (2010). Twickenham: 100 Years of Rugby's HQ. London: Vision Sports Publishing. p. 160.

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Coordinates: 51°27′21″N 0°20′19″W / 51.45583°N 0.33861°W / 51.45583; -0.33861