Stamps on Rugby World Cups – 1987 to 2019

Stamps on Rugby World Cups – 1987 -2019

The Rugby World Cup is played every Four Years . The Inaugural World Cup was played in 1987 and was co-hosted by New Zealand and Australia.Eight editions of World Cup have been held till now. The last World Cup was played in England in 2015 and next world Cup which will be Ninth World Cup is scheduled to be held in Japan from 20 September 2019 to 02 November 2019 .There will twenty teams participating in 2019 Rugby World Cup.New Zealand are current World Champions and have won the Webb Ellis Trophy thrice, Australia and South Africa have won it twice and England have won it once.

3rd World Cup was held in South Africa in 1995. Teams from 16 countries participated in the Cup and South Africa defeated New Zealand 15-12 in the final to win lift the Winner’s Trophy. South Africa also issued a miniature sheet on 25 May 1995 to commemorate the hosting of Rugby World Cup in South Africa.

1995 RUGBY WC SA
MINIATURE SHEET 1995 RUGBY WC SOUTH AFRICA

 

The 4th Rugby World Cup was hosted by Wales in 1999. Australia beat France in the Final 35-12 to lift the World Cup. France issued an oval shaped (rugby ball) stamp on the 4th Rugby World Cup on 11 Sep 1999.

WORLD CUP RUGBY FRANCE
STAMP OF FRANCE – ODD SHAPED OVAL -4TH RUGBY WORLD CUP 1999

5th World Cup was held in Australia in 2003. Teams from 20 countries participated in the World Cup and England defeated Australia in the Finals 20-17 to win the trophy..A total of 48 matches were played and total attendance was 1,837,547 .A

Australia issued a miniature sheet containing three stamps on 08 October 2003 to mark the event. The stamps feature the Webb Ellis Trophy and rugby players.

2003 RUGBY WC AUS MS
MINIATURE SHEET AUSTRALIA 2003 RUGBY WORLD CUP

 

The Final was played on 22 November 2003 at Telstra Stadium in Sydney in front of a crowd of 82,957. England won the finals and Royal Mail issued a miniature sheet with four stamps on 19 Dec 2003 to commemorate England’s historic win and crowning as Rugby World Champions.

2003 RUGBY WC ENG CHAMPIONS
2003 RUGBY WORLD CUP ENGLAND WORLD CHAMPIONS

 

100 Years of New Zealand Test Rugby 2004 -Stamps on Rugby

100 Years of New Zealand Test Rugby 2004 -Stamps on Rugby

New Zealand Post issued a miniature sheet on 30 Jan 2004 to celebrate 100 years of New Zealand Test Rugby and to commemorate England vs New Zealand test in 1997.

2003 RUGBY NZ VS ENG TEST
100 YEARS OF NEW ZEALAND TEST RUGBY -MINIATURE SHEET ON RUGBY -2004

Centenary of Welsh Rugby Union (WRU)- First Day Cover

Centenary of Welsh Rugby Union (WRU)- First Day Cover

The Welsh Rugby Union was formed in 1880-81. The Royal Mail issued a commemorative stamp and a cover to mark the Centenary of Welsh Rugby Union in 1980.The 13 and half pence stamp features rugby players.

FDC WELSH RUGBY UNION
FIRST DAY COVER -CENTENARY WELSH RUGBY UNION -1980

 

125 Years of Rugby Football in Sri Lanka -2006

125 Years of Rugby Football in Sri Lanka -2006

Sri Lanka issued a stamp on 08 December 2006 to commemorate 125 Years of Rugby Football in Sri Lanka.

FDC 125 YRS RUGBY SRI LANKA
FIRST DAY COVER -125 YEARS OF RUGBY FOOTBALL IN SRI LANKA

 

Rugby Union – A Philatelic Delight

Rugby Union – A Philatelic Delight

There is an interesting story behind the origination of Rugby. It is believed that during a football match in a school in Warwickshire, England a schoolboy named William Webb Ellis picked up the football and started running with it.He never realised that this would give birth to a new game called Rugby.

In fact,  Rugby World Cup trophy presented to the winners is named after him as the Webb Ellis trophy. It is a very popular sport in most of the Commonwealth  and a number of countries have issued stamps to promote and popularize this sport.

A Stamp and a First Day Cover was released at Rugby, Warwickshire on 25 August 1971 to commemorate the Centenary of Rugby Football Union (1871-1971). The cover design shows the scene at Warwickshire when Webb ran with the ball and other players are following him.

FDC CENTENARY RUGBY FOOTBALL UNION GB
FDC CENTENARY RUGBY FOOTBALL UNION GREAT BRITAIN 1871-1971

The game is played between two teams consisting of 15 Players each (with up to 8 substitutes). The Rugby Football Union was formed in 1871. According to World Rugby, the governing body of Rugby Union, the game is being played by six million people across 108 countries.

The First rugby football international was played between England and Scotland on 27 March 1871 at Edinburgh.

The first Rugby Sevens tournament was held in 1883. Rugby Union was an Olympic event in Four Olympics during the early 20th century. Rugby Sevens was introduced in Commonwealth Games in 1998 and added to 2016 Rio Olympics in 2016. The First Rugby World Cup was held in Australia and New Zealand.

Centenary of New Zealand Rugby Football Union ( 1892-1992).

It was at the Club Hotel , Wellington on 16 April 1892 that eight men met and agreed to the formation of New Zealand Rugby Football Union (NZRFU),the body that controls the national game,the most followed sport in New Zealand. It is also the body that gave birth to the All Blacks ,the most respected rugby team the world has ever seen.The NZRFU celebrated its centenary in 1992 and New Zealand post released a 45 cent Pre-stamped commemorative envelope to celebrate this event. Three international matches were also played between a World XV and All Blacks teams.The design on envelope lists it as Clash of the Century.

PSE CENT NZ RUGBY UNION
PRE STAMPED ENVELOPE -CENTENARY NEW ZEALAND RUGBY UNION 1892-1992

Stamps on All Blacks – New Zealand 2010

The Silver Fern that appears on the All Blacks Jersey comes from the native ponga Fern. The New Zealand native Rugby team adopted fern as its emblem when it toured England in 1888.At the inaugural New Zealand Rugby Football union meeting in 1893 ,Tom Ellison a member of the 1888 team, proposed a uniform consisting of the black jersey with a Silver Fern. The Silver fern has formed part of the uniform for successive All Blacks’ teams ever since.

In a 1905 tour of the Northern Hemisphere the team’s early uniforms consisted of black jerseys with a Silver Fern. Since then they have become known around the world as the ALL BLACKS.

A Miniature sheet with four stamps on All Blacks was issued by New Zealand on 14 August 2010. A First Day Cover with Miniature sheet is shown below.

FDC NZ ALL BLACKS
FIRST DAY COVER -NEW ZEALAND ALL BLACKS RUGBY -2010

Stamps on All Blacks – New Zealand 2010

Stamps on All Blacks – New Zealand 2010

The Silver Fern that appears on the All Blacks Jersey comes from the native Ponga Fern. The New Zealand  native Rugby Team adopted fern as its emblem when it toured England in 1888.At the inaugural New Zealand Rugby Football union meeting in 1893 Tom Ellison a member of the 1888 team proposed a uniform consisting of black jersey with a Silver Fern. the Silver fern has formed part of the Uniform for successive All Blacks teams ever since.

In a 1905 tour of the Northern Hemisphere the team’s early uniforms consisted of black jerseys with a Silver Fern. Since this time they have become known around the world as the ALL BLACKS.

A Miniature sheet with four stamps on All Blacks was issued by New Zealand on 14 Aug 2010. A FDC with MS is listed.

FDC NZ ALL BLACKS
FDC NZ ALL BLACKS -RUGBY- SILVER FERN-2010

King of Bhutan & Sports – Post cards of Bhutan

King of Bhutan & Sports – Post cards of Bhutan 2010

Bhutan Post marked the First Anniversary of Coronation of King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk in 2010. A set of Post Cards were issued by Bhutan Post. Four Post Cards showing the King and his love for Sports are very interesting and are listed below. King is shown playing Football,Rugby,Darts and Archery (National Game of Bhutan).

BHUTAN PC KING ARCHERY
KING & SPORTS – ARCHERY – POST CARDS OF BHUTAN 2010
BHUTAN PC KING FOOTBALL
KING & SPORTS – FOOTBALL -POST CARDS OF BHUTAN 2010
BHUTAN PC KING DARTS
KING & SPORTS – DARTS-POSTCARDS BHUATN 2010
BHUTAN PC KING RUGBY
KING AND SPORTS -RUGBY -POSTCARDS BHUTAN 2010
BHUTAN PC BACK
Postcards of Bhutan 2010 -King and Sports