1874–75 Home Nations rugby union matches

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The 1874-75 Home Nations rugby union matches are a series of international friendlies held between the England, Ireland and Scotland national rugby union teams. This season of games was notable as it saw the first international appearance of the Ireland team.


15 February 1875
 England 2 – 0  Ireland
8 March 1875
 Scotland 0 – 0  England

Scoring system[edit]

The matches for this season were decided on goals scored. A goal was awarded for a successful conversion after a try, for a dropped goal or for a goal from mark. If a game was drawn, any unconverted tries were tallied to give a winner. If there was still no clear winner, the match was declared a draw.

The matches[edit]

England vs. Ireland[edit]

15 February, 1875
 England 1G, 1DG, 1T – nil  Ireland
Try: Cheston
Con: Pearson
Drop: Nash

England: AW Pearson (Guy's Hospital), L Stokes (Blackheath), William Henry Milton (Marlborough Nomads), AT Michell (Oxford University), EH Nash (Oxford University), WE Collins (St George's Hospital), FR Adams (Richmond), Thomas Batson (Blackheath), EC Cheston (Richmond), Charles Crosse (Oxford University), EC Fraser (Oxford University), HJ Graham (Wimbledon Hornets), JDG Graham (Wimbledon Hornets), WHH Hutchinson (Hull), Henry Arnold Lawrence (Richmond) capt., Francis Luscombe (Gipsies), JEH Mackinlay (St George's Hospital), Murray Marshall (Blackheath), ES Perrott (Old Chestonians), Dawson Turner (Richmond), Roger Walker (Manchester)

Ireland: RB Walkington (NIFC), HL Cox (Dublin University), RJ Bell (NIFC), AP Cronyn (Dublin University), R Galbraith (Dublin University), J Myles (Dublin University), EN McIlwaine (NIFC), WS Allen (Wanderers), G Andrews (NIFC), WH Ash (NIFC), M Barlow (Wanderers), BN Casement (Dublin University), A Combe (NIFC), W Gaffikin (Windsor), E Galbraith (Dublin University), FT Hewson (Wanderers), JA McDonald (Methodist College), RM Maginess (Dublin University), G Stack (Dublin University) capt., HD Walsh (Dublin University)

Scotland vs. England[edit]

8 March, 1875
 Scotland nil – nil  England

Scotland: WD Brown (Glasgow Academicals) capt., T Chalmers (Glasgow Academicals), Malcolm Cross(Glasgow Academicals), Ninian Finlay (Edinburgh Academicals), HM Hamilton (West of Scotland), John Kennedy Todd (Glasgow Academicals), JR Hay-Gordon (Edinburgh Academicals), Allen Arthur (Glasgow Academicals), JW Dunlop (West of Scotland), AP Finlay (Edinburgh Academicals), George Raphael Fleming (Glasgow Academicals), Gilbert Heron (Glasgow Academicals), RW Irvine (Edinburgh Academicals), A Marshall (Edinburgh Academicals), JAW Mein (Edinburgh Academicals), AG Petrie (Royal HSFP), J Reid (Edinburgh Wanderers), D Robertson (Edinburgh Academicals), A Wood (Royal HSFP)

England: AW Pearson (Blackheath), Reg Birkett (Clapham Rovers), S Morse (Marlborough Nomads), AT Michell (Oxford University), WAD Evanson (Civil Service), WE Collins (St George's Hospital), FR Adams (Richmond), James Bush (Clifton), EC Cheston (Richmond), WRB Fletcher (Marlborough Nomads), JSM Genth (Manchester), HJ Graham (Wimbledon Hornets), Edward Kewley (Liverpool), Henry Arnold Lawrence (Richmond) capt., Francis Luscombe (Gipsies), Murray Marshall (Blackheath), S Parker (Liverpool), JE Paul (RIE College), Dawson Turner (Richmond)


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