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Rugby union at the 1900 Summer Olympics

Men's rugby union
at the Games of the II Olympiad
Dates14 October
28 October
Competitors47 from 3 nations
Gold medal 
Silver medal 
Silver medal 

Rugby union[2] was played at the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris. Matches were held on 14 October and 28 October. 47 athletes from three nations competed.

France, Germany, represented mainly by the FC 1880 Frankfurt,[3] and Great Britain, represented by the Moseley Wanderers,[4] all participated in the inaugural rugby event at the Olympics. Only two games were contested, France played both Germany and Great Britain, the French winning both matches. This saw the gold go to France, and both Germany and Great Britain are credited with silver and no bronze awarded.


Match 1
Match Date Winner Score Loser
1 14 October 23x15px France 27–17 Germany
File:Rugby2 1900.jpg
France-Germany match

In the first half, France scored a try by Emile Sarrade and a conversion. Germany scored tries by Heinrich Reitz and August Schmierer, with two conversions as well as a drop goal. Under the custom scoring rules of the Olympic tournament (3 points for tries or penalties, 2 points for conversions, 4 points for drop goals), this gave Germany a lead of 14–5.

The second half was vastly different, as Serrade scored two more tries while André Roosevelt also scored two and Frantz Reichel and A. Albert added one each. Two more conversions were made, bringing France's score to a total of 27. Germany, on the other hand, scored only one try, by one of the Ludwigs.[5] France thus won the match 27–17.

Match 2
Match Date Winner Score Loser
2 28 October 23x15px France 27–8 23x15px Great Britain

The British squad was shut out in the first half, while France continued the scoring barrage they had experienced in the second half of the Germany match. Serrade scored two tries, bringing his tournament total to five. Joseph Olivier, Jean Collas, and Jean-Guy Gauthier each added a try. No conversions were scored, though André Rischmann's two penalties brought France's first-half total to 21.

Britain actually outscored France in the second half, 8–6, but had little chance of catching up. Joseph Wallis scored a try while J. Henry Birtles made a conversion and a penalty for Britain. Reichel scored his second try of the tournament, and Léon Binoche added a try to bring France's victory to a 27–8 margin.

Medal table

Games Gold Silver Bronze
1900 Paris 23x15px France 23x15px Germany
23x15px Great Britain
none awarded




File:Rugby1 1900.jpg
Germany rugby team at the 1900 Summer Olympics

Great Britain


  1. ^ Hugo Betting and August Schmierer were guest players from another clubs
  2. ^ The IOC and most Olympic history organizations refer to the sport played simply as "rugby", though it was a form of rugby union.
  3. ^ Die Gründerjahre des deutschen Rugbysports Invalid language code. DRV website – Foundation years, accessed: 25 February 2010
  4. ^ Rugby Football History. "Rugby at the Olympics". Rugby Football History. Retrieved 4 April 2008. 
  5. ^ The scorer's name is listed as "Ludwig", but there were two Ludwigs playing for Germany. It is unclear if the scorer was Erich Ludwig or Richard Ludwig.


  • International Olympic Committee medal winners database
  • De Wael, Herman. Herman's Full Olympians: "Rugby 1900". Accessed 2 March 2006. Available electronically at [1].
  • Mallon, Bill (1998). The 1900 Olympic Games, Results for All Competitors in All Events, with Commentary. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. ISBN 0-7864-0378-0. 

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