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Off The Wall: A Century of Rugby Posters

Treasures from Twickenham Stadium’s World Rugby Museum poster collection were on display in a temporary exhibition that opened on May 1, 2009.

From its earliest days, rugby has inspired artists and graphic designers. This display brought together the finest examples of rugby-related work from around the world.

Highlights included Dame Laura Knight’s original artwork for the famous London Transport ‘Rugby at Twickenham by Tram’ poster; an advertisement for Dandy Shandy and a 103-year-old poster advertising a match on the groundbreaking All Blacks tour of 1905.

The posters also commemorated occasions when world events have impacted on rugby.

A World War I recruitment poster was a moving reminder of the rugby players who lost their lives in the conflict, while a French poster called for supporters to boycott the 1970 Springboks tour in response to South Africa’s apartheid regime.

By reliving memorable matches and tours throughout the decades, the collection reflected the development of the game at all levels and offered the chance to reminisce with a light-hearted look at the fashions and hairstyles of old.