Rugby’s poster art goes on display

From the RFU

Treasures from Twickenham Stadium’s World Rugby Museum poster collection will be on display in a temporary exhibition that opens on May 1.

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

Highlights include 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 commemorate occasions when world events have impacted on rugby. A World War I recruitment poster is a moving reminder of the rugby players who lost their lives in the conflict, while a French poster calls 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 reflects the development of the game at all levels and offers the chance to reminisce with a light-hearted look at the fashions and hairstyles of old.

Twickenham Stadium Tours include free entrance to the World Rugby Museum and cost £14 for adults (concessions £8) with a family ticket (two adults and up to three children) costing £40. Museum-only tickets are available for £6 for adults and £4 for concessions. For up-to-date information, including opening hours, or to book your Stadium Tour in advance visit or call 020 8892 8877.

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