Twickenham is called the home of English rugby and it was on this day in rugby history in 1910 that the England national team played their first test match at the stadium facing off against Wales.
The stadium currently holds 82,000 fans but on that day in 1910 the maximum capacity was 20.000. The RFU, however, had no problem selling it out. The impetus to purchase land for a home rugby stadium came from sold out events at the Crystal Palace during tours by the New Zealand All Blacks and South Africa Springboks at the turn of the century.
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The game was the England opener in the 1910 Five Nations Championship. England went on to win the game 11-6 and also won the Home Nations that year. The competition that year was memorable as well for being the first to include a team, France, outside of the Home Nations.
And also on this day in rugby history in 1927, England and Wales played the first rugby match to be broadcast live on the radio.
England: WR Johnston (Bristol), FE Chapman (Westoe), JGG Birkett (Harlequins), RW Poulton (Oxford University), Barney Solomon (Redruth), AD Stoop (Harlequins) capt., DR Gent (Gloucester), HJS Morton (Blackheath), L Haigh (Manchester), WA Johns (Gloucester), DF Smith (Richmond), EL Chambers (Bedford), Harry Berry (Gloucester), LE Barrington-Ward (Edinburgh University), Charles Pillman (Blackheath)
Wales: Jack Bancroft (Swansea), Phil Hopkins (Swansea), Reggie Gibbs (Cardiff), Jack Jones (Pontypool), Billy Trew (Swansea) capt., Dick Jones (Swansea), Dicky Owen (Swansea), Harry Jarman (Newport), Benjamin Gronow (Bridgend), Cliff Pritchard (Newport), David John Thomas (Swansea), Jim Webb (Abertillery), Tom Evans (Llanelli), Ivor Morgan (Swansea), Joseph Pugsley (Cardiff)