From The Vaults

23 May 2016
England and Wales stars of the future line up in 1989

The England Wales rugby fixture is currently enjoying a golden age. The fixture is one of sport's most historic and competitive and in recent years has decided Grand Slams, 6-Nations Championships, Triple Crowns and World Cup campaigns. In 1989 England Colts took on Wales Youth in a fiercely contested match in front of a lively crowd in Torquay. Several stars of the future took part and the game was recorded and preserved by Mr Barrie Gledhill who oversaw proceedings that day as a touch judge. Many years later Barrie submitted the film to the World Rugby Museum. Here is a clip showing the two sides singing their respective anthems. The Colts and Youth teams were the proving grounds for the rugby stars of the future and consequently there are quite a few famous young faces in the line-ups. See if you can identify them! [wpvideo ZxsYPhlr] If you have any home-recorded historic rugby footage, that you would be willing to share us, let us know!


Click here to watch some highlights from the match.

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