Rugby Trivia : could you name a family where father and son both were rugby internationals before WW2 ?
I knew about George Travers (25 caps for Wales 1903-1911) and his son William "Bunner" Travers (12 caps for Wales 1937-1949 and 2 caps for British Lions 1938), two outstanding Welsh hookers portrayed above (in J.B.G.Thomas' "Great Rugger Players 1900-1954" published in 1955).
George Travers (left) was in this famous Welsh squad who defeated the All Blacks in Cardiff in 1905. He is seen to be one of the first specialist hookers, transitioning from a time when forward positions were not very much differentiated (cf these old c1900 "Mitchell & Kenyon" videos: forwards gather pretty instantly after a scrum is called, on a "first ready - first in" basis... )
Sean (now at rugbeia.com) also reminds us of George (1 cap, 1905) and Walter (4 caps 1938-39) Vickery. Interestingly, father and son both played in the same Welsh club (Aberavon) but were respectively capped for England (George) and Wales (Walter)...
Do you know of other such rugby families ?
And now for something completely (not that) different...
Actually this "Father & Son" trivia was meant to digress... and to draw a parallel with "Le Fils à Jo", a French movie released earlier this week in France... lot of rugby inside ! "Le Fils à Jo" written and directed by Philippe "La Guille" Guillard after his own novel brings us the story of Jo, widower and father of a boy aged 13 in beautiful south-west France (Gaillac). Jo was a local rugby hero, son and grand-son of famous local ruggers... and Jo doesn't understand why his son has little interest in rugby and doesn't want to follow the same route. This comedy will not compete for Golden Palm at Cannes (understatement...) but is funny, sympathetic and will please all fans of grassroot rugby... And it's not so often (if not ever...) that you'll find a movie directed by a rugger ("La Guille" French champion 1990 with Racing Club de France - do you remember these "Show-Bizz" guys with the pink bow ties ??) starring another rugger (hooker Vincent Moscato, French Champion 1991 et 1998 with Bègles and Paris, 4 caps...) now showing solid acting talents. Congrats !
Here is the teaser (in French only).
PS : it's not my first note titled "father and son"... the previous was here showing one of my favorite postcards (also teasing...)
edit Jan.17th : John G. is sending us this impressive list of 19 new names. Thanks a lot ! I believe that all "Northern Hemisphere" families are here...