Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Making History

Well done to John Birch of Letchworth Girls Rugby fame who, in the midst of his epic research into the history of women's rugby, appears to have unearthed a remarkable story of what may possibly have been the first girl to have played rugby.

It seems that in 1884 a teenage girl - Miss E F Valentine - having been refused permission to play rugby at her school, Portora Royal School in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland (this was Victorian Britain after all) started playing rugby with her brothers and friends every Saturday, and some records even suggest that they played some fixtures in 1885.

So, a female version of William Webb Ellis perhaps (although factually more accurate)?

For more on this remarkable story click here...

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