Saturday, 9 March 2013

Raeburn Shield on the line

When England take on Italy at Twickenham, not only will they be attempting to win their 4th match en route to what they hope will be a Six Nations Grand Slam, they will also, of course, be defending the Raeburn Shield.

It is something I have blogged about previously and now seems as good a time as any to remind you that the Raeburn Shield is a hypothetical international rugby trophy that you win by beating the current holders and keep until you are next beaten.

Scotland were the first holders of the Shield after beating England in the the very first game of international rugby union at Raeburn Place, Edinburgh in 1871, while England are the current holders by virtue of their victory against the All Blacks in December 2012.

Sadly there's still no physical trophy to hand out to the holders which is a tad ironic seeing as more or less every international match these days features some meaningless sponsor-led piece of tat handed to the winning captain.

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