Friday, 8 January 2010

Rugby Pioneers

Sticking to something of an historical theme, while googling for interesting rugby images I came across this photo of an encounter between two French clubs (featuring a player sporting a beret) dating back to the early 1930s, just one image from a fabulous collection of images and other rugby memorabilia to be found at .

The site is the brainchild of Frederic Humbert, a collector fascinated by the early days of rugby (between 1870 and the 1930s) and who has built up a superb collection of memorabilia, much of which is displayed on the site.

The odd thing is that I've known about and admired for some time now and had assumed that I had included a link to it from this blog. It came as a big surprise to me to discover that I had omitted to include such a link - something I can now put right.

For rugby geeks like yours truly there are hours of fascination to be had at this site. I recommend, however, that you do not access from your computer at work - not unless you are prepared to be entirely unproductive.

Keep up the good work Frederic!


Naly D said...

Heh, I had the same problem! I've known about Frederic's site for about a year and I only recently had a chance to post it up. He's an amazing dude.

Nursedude said...

Flanker, this is utterly fantastic. What a great link! Great photo! Gotta love playing rugby with "Le beret Basque"...was this player just ahead of his time with a Basque version of the scrum cap.

My good friend Jean-Paul, who grew up in BĂ©ziers-once upon a time a French power, now in the lower divsions, sent me a couple of great out of print books that have some classic pictures. I will see if I can download them.

Frederic said...

Thank you Gentlemen for all these kind comments ! I'm always happy to "meet" and share with other "rugby geeks" (sic) all other the world !

Flanker, I like this picture a lot (1929) ! I used it in some rugby lectures and in this post two years ago:

cgtodd said...

I have been fascinated with Frederic's photos for well over a year myself, and have even "stolen" some of his images for my desktops.