Rugby Championship

Rugby Championship is one of the coolest and most prestigious competitions for all players. Such a sporting event is held once a year, that is, it takes place annually. That is why the fans of this sport can enjoy such a bright and truly enchanting spectacle from year to year. This is better than waiting for the Rugby World Cup, which, like the World Cup, is held only once every four years. So, let us remember how it all began and where the roots of this magnificent, somewhat dangerous and incredibly memorable game grow from.

Modern rugby: the Rugby Championship and other famous rugby milestones

Today, rugby is a notable beguilement. It is played by a large number of people more than 100 countries around the world. Following 100 years, the Rugby Union assented to the “free” status of rugby, which dropped the pay repressions for contenders and the difference in rugby to a specialist measurement. In Russia, the essential rugby arranges were held in Moscow on September 23, 1923. In 1936, the USSR Union of Rugby Union and the USSR national gathering appeared. The preoccupation expanded exceptional universality in the USSR by virtue of the World Youth Festival held in Moscow in 1957. In 1991-1992 even the CIS rugby aggregate existed. In 1900-1924, the diversion was consolidated into the program of the Olympic Games.

3 renowned groups that moved toward becoming legends of the Rugby Championship and won widespread love and world popularity


Accomplishments: the group participated in the World Cup multiple times and once turned into the boss. The All Blacks additionally became the victors of the Three Nations Cup.

For New Zealand, rugby is something of a religion, and it isn’t amazing that he was regarded to be known as a national game, particularly since the national group of this nation is viewed as the most grounded group on the planet as per the IBR rating. All Blacks holds another sort of record – in the 104 years of its reality, they won 74% of the recreations, which is the best outcome ever of games. All Blacks dependably play in dark shorts and dark T-shirts. There is a maxim that showed up back in the thirties of the only remaining century: “When they go out on the field, the All Blacks put on grieving for their adversaries.”


Accomplishments: right now the group of South Africa is the present best on the planet and the second best group after New Zealand as indicated by the IBR rating. They have also following titles: title holders (1995, 2007) and victors of the Three Nations Cup (1998, 2004, and 2009).

An uncommon spot in the historical backdrop of South African rugby is won in the sensational finals against the New Zealand national group at the 1995 World Home Championship, after which President Nelson Mandela, wearing the national rugby group, introduced the Champions Cup to group skipper Francois Pienarou, white-cleaned Africanamerier. This contacting minute has turned into a milestone not just for the entire of South African games, yet additionally for the nation all in all – the handshake turned into an image of the nation’s unification and the end of racial clashes in South Africa.


Accomplishments: The “recreations” from Leicestershire are England’s most titled group. Multiple times the competitors turned into the heroes of the nation. “Tigers” – one of only a handful couple of groups that have never left the best division. Rugby players from Leicester routinely contend in the Heineken Cup, Europe’s biggest club rivalry, and twice commended a triumph in this competition.

The club was established in August 1880 in the city of Leicester (Leicestershire), when the pioneers of the three groups – Leicester Societies, Leicester Amateur and Leicester Alert – consented to combine. After five years, the Leicester Daily Post was utilized out of the blue by the name Tigers, one form of the birthplace of which is related with the Leicestershire military regiment, called “tigers” subsequent to serving in India. Supporters of another theory guarantee that the group got its epithet for playing in a striped dark and orange uniform.

Legendary player

Colin Meads

The wandering forward and captain of the New Zealand national team from 1960 to 1971 honestly earned the right to be called one of the toughest players in rugby history. Meads was famous for fearlessness and cruelty on the field – he finished one of the matches of his team with a broken arm. In addition, Meads entrenched strong glory rugby rude, reasons for such a characteristic for his entire career has accumulated abound. For example, he contributed to the end of the career of Australian player Ken Kachpole, breaking a leg in two places during a match – the English Daily Telegraph commented on the removal of Meads for this violation in the following way: “It was more like a dangerous criminal link to prison than disqualification.”

A terrible event in the history of rugby – something that can’t go anywhere and that it is impossible to forget: cannibalism for the sake of salvation

The tragedy made the rugby players have friends and relatives. There were no claims to them. Air crashes in our time are not uncommon, and the life of a professional athlete is hard to imagine without flying – away games, fees, competitions. That is why the tragedies in the sky sometimes affect entire teams. “Torino” and “Shapekoense”, Yaroslavl “Locomotive” and “Manchester United” – the list, alas, can be continued for a very long time. However, the tragedy with the Old Christian rugby team that happened exactly 46 years ago is still striking. Not so much by the fact of the crash, but by what happened after that.

Accident in the Andes

On Friday, October 13, 1972, an FH-227 aircraft with Uruguayan rugby players on board (40 passengers in total and 5 crew members) flew from Montevideo to Santiago. Due to bad weather, visibility dropped to almost zero. After a collision with one of the mountain peaks of the Andes, the plane fell apart, and its pieces rolled down the slope, eventually crashing into a snowy slope. 12 people died immediately, another five were seriously injured and did not survive the first night after the crash. 28 people were survived: without winter clothes, a sufficient amount of food and any medicines.

At the same time, the authorities tried to organize a search operation. However, the weather and the highlands seriously hampered rescuers. Yes, and even understand the approximate location of the crash was not possible. The crew of the crashed plane informed the dispatcher of incorrect coordinates, which led first to a crash, and then to an inefficiency of searches. The survivors tried to find food. In the luggage was found several bottles of wine, as well as a little cracker and chocolate. It was obvious that it was impossible to feed on this. However, there was a hope that they would be found soon. Somewhere in the distance, planes were flying. It seemed that salvation was near. Someone was too optimistic, and therefore ate half of the already poor food stocks. Survivors still do not know who it was. Or simply did not want to know. Compared to what they had to go through soon, this seems like a trifle.

We felt pathetic

The captain of the team Marcelo Perez was initially mistaken for the dead and put together with the corpses. When he came to himself and saw dead friends around him, he was in shock for some time, however, he soon ordered the rest of the survivors to set up camp from the fact that it had survived. A radio was found, from which the passengers, after eight days, found out that the search was over, and they are now considered to be missing. During this time, the younger sister Nando Parrado, one of the players of the team, also died. She died in the arms of her brother – all these days he did not leave her a single step.

If melted snow served as water, there was practically no food. Over time, despair and hunger were made to feed on the aircraft’s leather skin and pieces of suitcases. It did not help, moreover, it became worse. A few days later, a terrible idea was probably in the mind of almost everyone. Frozen corpses of recent comrades were not spoiled due to frost, and therefore the proposal of the medic Roberto Cannes after a brief dispute was accepted. There was only one way to save lives: cannibalism. It was decided to use recent teammates and even relatives as food.

“We could not physically open our mouths, we felt pitiful, we were disgusted to do this,” Kannes later recalled. However, soon everyone accepted the terrible meal. With one of two terrible misfortunes – hunger and cold – saved, by overcoming themselves, managed. However, soon came a new one.

On the seventeenth day of disaster, an avalanche came down from the top. Eight more people were killed, including the captain of the rugby team Marcelo Perez. 19 people remained alive. Caught in an avalanche in the fuselage with the half-eaten corpses of recent friends, they were close to giving up. However, it was at this moment, when the human increasingly abandoned them, the animal desire to survive seized them. The remaining three days outside dug up the remnants of the aircraft to help comrades. The main part of the group, clamped by prisoners in the fuselage, with the help of fittings, could make themselves like ventilation so as not to suffocate. The avalanche to some extent even helped. Due to the fact that she covered the remnants of the aircraft, the group could hide there from the cold winds.

Terrible secret

After the avalanche a month came down. Two more died from exhaustion. The expeditions to find help did not bring success. After several days of trekking, the travelers returned with nothing. Everyone understood that the only chance for salvation was to reach people and report about the survivors. But time was running out. Someone from despair offered himself in addition to the diet of the dead passengers. Someone attempted suicide to relieve friends from mental agony when eating more living comrades. The desire to live gradually left everyone. Those who had not yet become insane understood that the next expedition would be the last. Either they will find people, or they will remain in the Andes forever.

They were armed with warm clothes, frozen meat and water, three men set off on their way – Parrado, Cannes, and also one of the medic’s colleagues. Not knowing where they are, they initially went the wrong way. Having found an error in two days, Parrado and Kannes returned the third comrade back to the camp, and they themselves went for luck. For the first time in two months she smiled at them – after nine days they met the shepherds! It was a salvation. Cowboys brought the exhausted bodies of travelers to the ranch.

Further was already a matter of technology. Cannes and Parrado showed the wreck site as a lifeguard. More dead were gone. 71 days after the crash, all the survivors were rescued. Of the 45 passengers and crew members, 16 people were able to return to their families. Soon the terrible secret of cannibalism was revealed. Nobody condemned the cannibals, not even the relatives of the victims. And no one could imagine even the slightest part of the horror that those who survived experienced in those days. What happened at the foot of an extinct volcano in the Andes remained there.

Those who survived were soon able to return to normal life. Parrado became a businessman, started a happy family. Medic Cannes, also having found family happiness, made a serious career and even ran for president. On the motives of those days in the Andes, the film “Survive” was shot, several books were written. And exactly three years after the crash of the plane, the updated Old Christians rugby team got on a plane and flew to the match from Montevideo to Santiago, where it nevertheless held the match with the local team. Since then, the Friendship Cup is held annually, and, rising into the plane, the Uruguayan rugby players pay tribute to the memory of their fallen predecessors.