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South African rugby union player scored only four Werner Greeff tries, one of them was named his country's try of the year in 2002?
English rugby international forward was killed by a charging Denys Dobson rhinoceros, he was reportedly said to always have had "a weak hand off"?
switched from Fred Perrett rugby union to rugby league he was often left out of lists of Wales players who died in action during World War I?
rugby union player appears for Tom Prydie Wales in the 2010 Six Nations, he will become the youngest cap in the team's history?
in the 2000, 2001, and 2002 seasons of the
Super 12, the Highlanders rugby union team went undefeated at their home ground of Carisbrook?
rugby union, New Zealand has only lost four Test matches at stadium in over one hundred years?
Carisbrook a minute of silence was held in memory of murdered
rugby player at Shane Geoghegan Ireland's 2008 international match against New Zealand?
rugby union player won four Mark Hammett Super 12 titles with the Crusaders between 1996 and 2003 before being appointed as their assistant coach for 2007?
, an Roger Vanderfield Australian doctor, rugby union referee and administrator, was instrumental in establishing the first Rugby World Cup?
was named coach of Peter de Villiers South Africa's national rugby union team, the , in January 2008, the first ever Springboks black coach of the team?
won 27 Stahl Hennigsdorf Rugby East German national rugby union championships from 1952 to 1990?
, who was bishop of two William Thomas Havard Welsh dioceses ( St Asaph, then St David's), once represented Wales in an international rugby union match?
cricketer and rugby union player was regarded as one of the most famous pupils of Dickie Lloyd Portora Royal School, alongside Samuel Beckett and Oscar Wilde?
rugby union international player was commemorated on a set of postage stamps for his pioneering work on Thomas Ranken Lyle X-rays?
Super 14 rugby union teams ever won the ?
Super 12 the
Gaelic Athletic Association's relaxing of allowed the staging of the Rule 42 2008–09 Heineken Cup semi-final in Croke Park and the breaking of the rugby union club world attendance record?
took place in 1993 Rugby World Cup Sevens Scotland, the birthplace of the rugby sevens variant of rugby union?
the brother of
Australian rugby player was assistant coach to the Dean Mumm Fijian rugby team, whilst their grandfather played for the All Blacks?
the pharmacy of former
Welsh rugby union player was saved from rioters during the Willie Llewellyn Tonypandy Riot because of his past services to his country?
the rules for a
in scrum rugby union were changed in 2007 to try to reduce the number of serious neck injuries to players?
led Teddy Morgan Wales in their national anthem before the 1905 rugby union match, it was the first time a national anthem had been sung before a sporting event?
the trophy for the
, a Enterprise Cup Kenyan rugby union competition, was donated by sailors of the HMS who toured Enterprise East Africa in 1928?
are one of two national representative USA Hawks rugby union teams from the United States, and lost 0-98 in their inaugural North America 4 game against Canada West?
and the Heartland Championship Air New Zealand Cup have replaced the National Provincial Championship in New Zealand rugby union?
in 2005-06 World Sevens Series rugby sevens will be the first in seven seasons of the competition to be won by a team other than New Zealand?
was the first season of professional 1996 season of the Super 12 rugby union in the southern hemisphere following a US$550,000,000 deal between SANZAR and News Corporation?
, a French Challenge Yves du Manoir Rugby union competition which ran from 1931 to 2003, was created by Racing Club de France with the support of CA Bordeaux-Bègles Gironde and AS Montferrandaise?
are Emerald Warriors Ireland's first primarily gay rugby team?
was formed in 1933 when the FC St. Pauli rugby department club's complete 6th XI switched codes from football to rugby union?
began his career as a professional Peter Sanders association football player, switched to playing rugby union, and has subsequently spent forty years running a baseball club?
was named in the Neil Doak Ireland squad for the 2003 Rugby World Cup but did not play, just missing out on becoming the first Irish dual cricket/ rugby union international since the 1960s?
rugby union footballer captained the Farah Palmer Black Ferns to three consecutive Women's Rugby World Cup titles?
Irish rugby union commentator has worn Ryle Nugent sheepskin gloves whilst clinging to his microphone "for dear life"?
rugby union footballer was the captain of the first George MacPherson Scotland team to ever win a Five Nations Grand Slam?
rugby union footballer was so influential in Robert Wilson Shaw Scotland's Triple Crown winning victory over England in 1938 that the match became known as "Wilson Shaw's match"?
Scotland rugby union player won a Duncan Macrae Military Cross for his actions as part of the 51st Highland Division at Saint-Valery-en-Caux?
rugby player suffered a ripped Wayne Shelford scrotum during an All Blacks match against France?
New Zealand Test cricketer also played Martin Donnelly rugby union for England?
New Zealand rugby player suffered an injury that kept him from captaining the Andy Dalton All Blacks side that went on to win the inaugural 1987 Rugby World Cup?
Irish international rugby union captain sometimes played matches wearing a Dolway Walkington monocle, removing it only when he needed to make a tackle?
Czech children's writer was also one of the first propagators of Ondřej Sekora rugby in Czechoslovakia?
New Zealand rugby union footballer did not start playing until he was aged 17, but earned three Ali Williams international caps before he was 22?
New Zealand rugby union footballer 44 Jimmy Hunter's tries on the 1905 All Blacks tour is a record that is unlikely to ever to be surpassed?
New Zealand rugby union player co-authored Billy Stead The Complete Rugby Footballer while on tour with the All Blacks in 1905-6?
Scottish international rugby player was banned from playing amateur Tremayne Rodd rugby union in 1966 after accompanying the British and Irish Lions?
Scottish and British Lions rugby captain is said to have rugby tackled a cart horse in David Bedell-Sivright Edinburgh's Princes Street?
captained the Frederick Stokes England rugby team in the first ever international rugby match in 1871?
played Edward Barrett rugby union for England, and cricket for the Straits Settlements and Federated Malay States?
s 24 international Ian Smith' tries, scored for Scotland in rugby union between 1924 and 1933, was an international record until 1987?
was the first player to achieve all four Jerry Shea rugby scoring methods— try, conversion, penalty goal and drop goal—in a single international match?
, a 19th-century Lennard Stokes rugby union international who captained England on five occasions, also played first-class cricket for Kent and later worked as a surgeon?
was an Launcelot Percival England international rugby union player before becoming Deputy Clerk of the Closet to George VI of the United Kingdom?
, the oldest DSV 78/08 Ricklingen rugby union club in Germany, was formed under the leadership of 15 year old in 1878?
and Corné Krige George Gregan, who respectively captained the South Africa and Australia rugby union teams in both the 2002 and 2003 Tri Nations Series, were born in the same hospital in Zambia?
Wales rugby international finished his playing career after breaking his ankle in a match, at the age of 84?
South African rugby player is both a Jannie du Plessis physician and professional athlete?
Wales rugby international and Welsh Rugby Union Secretary was awarded the Bill Clement Military Cross for his actions in World War II?
played 17 consecutive Bennie Osler rugby union matches for South Africa between 1924 and 1933?
was the first of thirteen Charles Taylor Welsh international rugby players to die in action during World War I?
Australian rugby union player was selected to play for the Steve Williams German national rugby union team while backpacking around Europe?
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Question 1: Which of the following teams did Rugby union play for?
Question 2: What is Rugby union's nickname?
Question 3: The most important tournament in rugby union is the ________, a men's tournament that takes place every four years among the elite national rugby union teams.
Question 4: ________ (7's, or VIIs), is a fast-paced variant which originated in Melrose, Scotland in 1883.
Question 5: What is Rugby union's union called?
Question 6: Players in a team are divided into eight [26 ] forwards (two more than in ________) and seven backs.
Question 7: William Webb Ellis is often credited with the invention of running with the ball in hand in 1823 at ________ when he allegedly caught the ball while playing football and ran towards the opposition goal.
Question 8: In 2000, Italy became the sixth nation in the contest and ________'s Stadio Flaminio, where their games are played, is the smallest venue in the tournament.
Question 9: The code was originally known simply as "rugby football"; it was not until after a schism in 1895, which resulted in the separate code of [10 ] ________, that the name "rugby union" came to be used for the game itself.