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Springbok Girl (Kathleen Trick)

Photo credit: World Rugby Museum

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This painting was discovered in a house clearance in Wales. At the beginning of the 20th century, when the artist created the likeness, no rugby was played by girls. Research proved that our little ‘Springbok’ was, in fact, a Welsh girl named Kathleen Trick. Her father, a member of the London Welsh RFC, had been invited to a costume ball given by the Lord Mayor of London in honour of the first touring South-African side. Six-year-old Kathleen skipped off to the party dressed in full Springbok regalia – donated by the team themselves.

World Rugby Museum





oil on canvas


H 124 x W 74 cm

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purchased, 1999

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