Hala'ufia crunches then slaps Wilson


Lee Jones makes huge trysaving tackle


Richard Hibbard & Kalamafoni double hit


Rugby's first ever OWN TRY in NRC


Juan De Jongh vs Terry Crews dance off


Streaker starts mass brawl after tackle


Ben Flower red card for vicious punches


Samu Manoa Huge Hit on Billy Twelvetrees


Ben Tameifuna massive fend on huge prop

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The History of Rugby - Parts 14 & 15 - Final

The History of Rugby - Parts 14 & 15 - Final

It's dragged on a bit, but today we've got the 14th and final parts of the thoroughly enjoyable History of Rugby documentary. It started with the games inception, and two and a half hours later, ends just before the 2003 Rugby World Cup.

Looking back, the first episode was posted on here exactly a year ago, so hopefully those of you that have been following along have enjoyed it. The opportunity to catch up on how the game was formed and what's happened over the years is not something to be scoffed at, so no matter where you come from or which team you support, we'd like to think you've found value in it.

Two weeks ago part 13 covered the Five Nations and went right up till the 1999 World Cup. That's where we pick up in part 14, but as England didn't have a great World Cup, the documentary then skips ahead.

In fact, the rest of the documentary focuses on England and how their star rose in the build up to the 2003 World Cup. You could say it's because it's English made, but it's also perhaps a fair reflection of the time, as they were a powerful unit that as we all know, went on to take the title.

Ironically that is where the documentary ends, just before that tournament. Perhaps in time we'll get to see an updated version that covers the next eight years, including this years World Cup in New Zealand. Time will tell though, and if or when it happens, you can be sure that you'll get a chance to see it right here on RD.

Enjoy the rest of this one (22 mins total), and if you did, please leave a comment to say so, and share it with your friends. Both parts are listed as a playlist below. Or you can catch up on all episodes via the History of Rugby archive page .

Posted at 12:39 pm | 26 comments

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James July 27, 2011 12:47 pm

Great, thanks RD!

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Colombes July 27, 2011 1:10 pm

as well introduced by RD, it's an english video on the best english rugby period (2001-2003)
so the patriotic view doesn't shock me:)
but to name it the video "THE history of rugby".
Would be fun to watch the aussie, kiwi or french view of history ;)

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Anonymous July 27, 2011 1:54 pm

What a load of s**t these videos have been.
Not a fan RD. :(

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Anonymous July 27, 2011 2:42 pm

That'h hilarious, they just sckiped the 99 world cup.
What a joke of a documentary.

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Anonymous July 27, 2011 3:21 pm

Not a single clip that does not show England, always showing more of their tries and for longer than the opposing team.
Anglo-centric?

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red July 27, 2011 3:35 pm

The first few videos were actually pretty informative and had a decent historical perspective - going through the early roots of rugby. Plus, it was entertaining watching old black-and-white rugby clips.

But clearly, as the series has gone on, it's been slanted towards an English rugby highlights reel.

Not a big problem, though. Either watch it, or don't. Until recently, the squad has been...lackluster for the past couple years. So it's interesting to see proof that in the past, they've been a pretty imposing side and chalked up some big wins.

(On a documentary-related, maybe RD might have some info on it, anyone heard anything about that Inside Biarritz film that was made last year or so following BO in the Heineken Cup - did it ever come out?)

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Anonymous July 27, 2011 3:36 pm

*documentary-related side note

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RD July 27, 2011 3:48 pm

Rather than just STOP posting them, because it's bias towards England at the end, I figured it would be good to finish the series off, but acknowledge that it should be taken with a pinch of salt.

The rest of it was good anyway.

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BDP July 27, 2011 3:52 pm

Tipical english crap. We showed them who they reelly are when we beet them in the Autumn. after the tri nations over we willed trash them in the world cup. none of thees other teems are gunna be anywere neer us when we win the world cup back to back!

Go Bokke!

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Anonymous July 27, 2011 4:04 pm

Guys are you thick as pigshit?

Rugby was invented in England, this documentary is English, therefore would it not be geared towards english people and therefore be deemed to have an english theme to it all?

Im not saying rugby is all about england, but i wouldnt watch a documentary about the invention of Zorb balls and expect it to not focus on new zealand....

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Ben July 27, 2011 5:37 pm

to anonymous (an english who prefer clearly to stay anonymous?)

it's not about the game roots. england have launched a lot of sports shared (or not) by the whole world: football, rugby, cricket, tennis, etc...

But history of rugby is not just about england. Their golden 2003 era was remarkable but even the precedent chapters (1970, 1980, 1990...) seem a bit anglo-centric, as i personnaly think that teams like AB's, Wales and France have brought far more to rugby than england...

Just a question of view, whether u are from a nation to another, nothin more

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Anonymous July 27, 2011 8:35 pm

Was enjoying those until I heard Eddie Butler's voice!

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Anonymous July 27, 2011 8:38 pm

Anglo-centric video indeed...don't call it the History of Rugby.

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Anonymous July 27, 2011 9:07 pm

look imbeciles its the history of rugby from an england perspective....

YOU ALL KNOW ITS GOING TO BE ENGLAND BIASED SO WHY WATCH IT?!?!?

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Anonymous July 28, 2011 9:43 am

It's the sheer egocentric arrogance of England that make them so enjoyable to beat and so very often their undoing in different sports when their mediocre team does not perform to the unrealistic hype and expectations.

Any other team in the world could just play the last couple of episodes in this series if they wanted to fire their team up.

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Jacksonville Jaguars July 28, 2011 9:55 am

its great and very informative blog.And the video of history of Rugby is awesome.,informative and very interesting.Its the game of Power.Wonderful videos and Wonderful informative blog

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Anonymous July 29, 2011 2:18 am

"The History of ENGLISH Rugby" is what this should have been called. What was he doing in his pockets at the last clip?

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Anonymous July 29, 2011 1:39 pm

yeh thats great, but then the mongoloids start asking "when is the history of SA rugby" or NZ rugby or every other nations rugby

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Anonymous July 29, 2011 4:51 pm

Don't we love it as English supporters when the rest of the rugby world becomes a bit defensive and throws the word 'arrogant' around. Having lived in many countries for twenty years I have to say the English take defeat and the laws of average better then most other nations. You mock us and take the p**s on a regular basis but I rarely see a Southern Hemisphere fan react as reasonably to defeat. Perhaps the most lasting thing the English gave sport was the sense that it's a bit of serious fun but actually NOT the end of the world. I'm sure the SANZAR versions of such a documentary would be supremely objective. Enjoy RWC everyone but remember it ain't real life.

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I hate ppl who write July 30, 2011 9:20 am

I don't get what all the bitching is about. They invented the game and eventually managed to win the world cup. I presume that this was a documentary made for English TV to promote the game in their country.

@BDP, try spell-check mate, or if you have it, take note of the wiggly red line under most of the words you write :)

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Anonymous July 30, 2011 1:29 pm

2 things I've realised from these clips.
1) I hate England
2) Rob Andrew should never appear on TV. Ever.

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Anonymous July 31, 2011 9:24 am

Yeah it should be called the histroy of the english rugby team while acrefully avoiding mentioning other teams' successes.

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Anonymous July 31, 2011 12:32 pm

Should read History of English Rugby....

An impressive team got to be said, amazing to see many of the same faces still in English squad!

Rob Andrew is no future pundit based on this talk to camera performance....zzzzzzzzz

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running rugby August 08, 2011 4:33 am

Nearly ten years after that English golden period I appreciate it more now than before - great team.

But I have to agree with most of the other posters, you can't call it the history of rugby if the main focus is on one nation. 15 episodes with ten dedicated to the top ten nations and others dedicated to the Pacific Island and other to the British and Irish Lions etc... Just an idea.

None the less, enjoyable series.

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Anonymous August 20, 2011 10:46 pm

This is a rip of the RFU's History of Rugby video so of course it's slanted towards England.
My question is: Have any of the other unions also created a similar video which could also be posted to address the balance?
btw. there is a much newer and updated version of the this RFU video commercially available.

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