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Rugby player

Rugby player


A cabinet card portrait of a young man dressed for the playing field, holding a rugby ball.

Confusingly, his cap is embroidered with the letters 'B.S.F.C.' [Budleigh Salterton Football Club] but I'm reliably informed that a lot of the early rugby clubs identified as football clubs, since the code of rugby union was originally known as 'rugby football.'

Photographed by Frederick Tom Blackburn of Budleigh Salterton in Devon.
 

Code: 122787
 
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