Rugby union at the 1920 Summer Olympics

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Men's rugby union
at the Games of the VII Olympiad
Rugby union pictogram.svg
Venue Beerschot Stadium
Date September 5
Competitors 33 from 2 nations
Gold medal 
Silver medal 
«1908 1924»

Rugby union at the 1920 Summer Olympics was played in Antwerp. Two nations entered the rugby union event at the 1920 Summer Olympics — France and the United States. The French team were very much thought to be assured of the gold medal and came in as raging favourites in the event.[citation needed] However, the United States team caused a shock, defeating France in the only game eight points to nil.


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Rugby union  United States (USA)

Daniel Carroll
Charles Doe
George Fish
James Fitzpatrick
Joseph Hunter
Morris Kirksey
Charles Mehan
John Muldoon
John O'Neil
John Patrick
Erwin Righter
Rudolph Scholz
Dink Templeton
Charles Lee Tilden, Jr.
Heaton Wrenn

did not play the game
Colby Slater
James Winston

 France (FRA)

Édouard Bader
François Borde
Adolphe Bousquet
Jean Bruneval
Alphonse Castex
André Chilo
René Crabos
Alfred Eluère
Jacques Forestier
Maurice Labeyrie
Robert Levasseur
Pierre Petiteau
Raoul Thiercelin

did not play the game
Raymond Berrurier

none awarded


The Olympic American rugby team

Morris Kirksey also won gold for the United States in the 4x100 metre relay at these games.


United States  8–0  France

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