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A Look Back In Time - Cornish Lions
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08 June, 2017 14:52
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Re: A Look Back In Time - Cornish Lions
*Stalwart (IP Logged)
08 June, 2017 15:51
Fascinating stuff, Phil - especially Tom "Rusty" Richards, what a story, it would make a great film!

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old prop steve (IP Logged)
08 June, 2017 17:53
Bit of useless trivia for those who like this sort of thing!

I read somewhere last week that Jack was Exeter's first ever British Lion. Not so.

They had a real toughie of a prop between the wars called Harry Rew who was in the regular army in the Royal Tank Corps and played in all 4 Tests against the All Blacks in 1930. Ten years later he saw a lot of action as a Desert Rat but died of wounds in 1940 in Libya long before Monty got out there.

In fact Harry was a sort of prehistoric Alan Paver being almost exactly the same size and shape and was also an encyclopaedia of the arts of front row scrummaging!

Up until his time rugby players used to have the convention of 'first up - first down'. It all seems pretty weird today but apparently the first three players who puffed up to the scrum then comprised the front row, the next lot the second row and so on. It was much quicker than what we we have to endure today and scrums almost never collapsed. Also one dear old boy once told me that if you wanted to stick one on somebody you could make sure you were directly facing him in the next scrum!

The cleverer teams used to have a specialist hooker and a roving back man who often dominated affairs - a trend which was largely begun by Dave Galllagher of the 1905 All Blacks who SKY TV kept banging on about last week.

Rew and his generation of players changed all that to the 3-4-1 scrum format we generally see today.

Re: A Look Back In Time - Cornish Lions
*Stalwart (IP Logged)
08 June, 2017 18:01
I love all this. The knowledge that Phil and Steve have is staggering.

Re: A Look Back In Time - Cornish Lions
cornishbob (IP Logged)
09 June, 2017 08:24
Another fascinating article. Love them.

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