Sport As the game between England and France approaches, which will take place at Twickenham, let’s take a look behind the scenes of the oldest international match that has been filmed!
Sport The oldest images of an international match
It was in 1910 that the first edition of the 5 nations took place with the nations present today in the 6 Nations, in addition to Italy. Before that, it was the British Tournament with only four teams. As a result, at the end of the 19th century, European nations faced each other regularly in this competition, when France was still only a small nation in world rugby. In 1911, only 1 year after Twickenham opened its doors, England welcomed the French team, which had managed to beat Scotland in Paris. During this match, rare images were recorded, showing the players of both teams leaving the locker room to sing the anthems, which was a world exclusive, even before the First World War! We can then notice that the outfit of a rugby player has changed a lot, and that long-sleeved polo shirts and denim shorts adorned with a leather belt were much less comfortable than current equipment.
6 NATIONS. England with Farrell on the bench to challenge the 15 of France
Sport English supremacy!
As mentioned earlier in the article, France was a minor nation in international rugby and the Anglo-Saxon teams were in total domination against our Blues! For this meeting of 1911, the Habs had suffered a 37 to 0, while they were only led 8 to 0 before halftime. However, important players like Peyroutou, Laterrade or Dutour had to leave the field following a few injuries, which had considerably weakened France. Afterwards, lhe France has not won in England for 40 years! It will be necessary to wait for the 1951 campaign to find a victory for the Blues at Twickenham, with the score of 11 to 3! We already knew it, Twickenham is an extremely hard fortress to take, and the band at Dupont will have to play a full match to conquer England!
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