Chamber Business Evening
Rugby Football Union Twickenham
Thursday 2nd February 2017
18:30 - 20:00
18:30 Guests arrive to a welcome drink and canapes
19:00 Welcome from Chamber and host RFU
19:10 Address from Jim Eyre - Harlequins FC Commercial Operations Director
19:25 Continue to meet other businesses
20:00 Event closes
~ GUEST SPEAKER ~
Jim Eyre - Harlequins FC Commercial Operations Director
~ THE HOST ~
On January 26, 1871 21 clubs were represented by 32 people at a meeting chaired by EC Holmes, the Captain of Richmond Club. It was held at the Pall Mall Restaurant in London. Within two hours the Rugby Union was formed. Algernon Rutter of Richmond was elected as the first President, with Edwin Ash as the first Secretary/Treasurer.
The founder clubs of the Union still extant are Blackheath, Civil Service, Guys Hospital, Harlequins, Kings College, Richmond, St Paul’s School, Wellington College and Wimbledon Hornets.
At this foundation meeting two sub-committees were formed, the first, consisting of three Old Rugbeians, was tasked with writing the Laws of the Game. The other was tasked with choosing a team to play the Scottish members of the Union, who had issued a challenge to the English members. The first recognised international football game, of any code, took place later the same year.
Fairly quickly after the formation of the RFU other countries formed their own unions, the Scots in 1873, the Irish in 1879 and the Welsh in 1880 and annual home-nations fixtures were contested. The RFU remained the ultimate arbiter of the sport until formation of the International Rugby Board in 1886, which the RFU finally joined in 1890.
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