— Colonel Davidson 1/10th Liverpool Scottish, 1916.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) and the Rugby Football Union (RFU) are proud to come together to launch Rugby Remembers – a project which will honour those rugby players who served and died during the First World War.

A hundred years ago, conflict originating in Europe had spread around the world.

In the midst of a ferocious war on land, at sea and in the air, countless men enlisted, eager to be fighting for their King and country, amongst them many rugby players - fit young athletes who would make a vast contribution to the war effort.

Club members often joined up together - and sadly, quite often they died together too.

Here we’ll explore some of these stories. There’ll be news about the CWGC and RFU partnership, engagement resources and a chance to win tickets to see Old Mutual Wealth Cup: England v Barbarians in May.

The RFU and CWGC have launched a competition to encourage young people, rugby club juniors and schools to visit one of the hundreds of UK-based CWGC sites, and explore the research into the hundreds of rugby club members who went off to fight in First World War never to return. 

To be in with a chance of attending the Old Mutual Wealth Cup: England vs Barbarians Match on Sunday 28 May, you need to visit either a CWGC UK site or a memorial board in your school or club and upload a photo to Twitter or Facebook using #rugbyremembers and @CWGC.

Download the resource pack below for full details on how to get involved.


Lewis Moody recently visited CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery to launch the competition

The competition closes on Wednesday 17 May 2017

The winners will be drawn from entries post before 5pm on 17 May and informed from Monday 22 May.

CWGC is the nominated charity partner for:

28 May - OMW Cup: England v Barbarians Match

11 November - OMW Series England v Argentina Remembrance Match