6 nations rugby!

As the 6 nations Rugby is in full swing we thought we’d let you into a little secret….

Tone Dale House was home to a previous England Rugby Captain

Francis Hugh Fox (12 June 1863 – 28 May 1952) was an English rugby union forward who played club rugby for Wellington and the Marlborough Nomads and international rugby for England. In 1890 Fox became one of the original members of the Barbarians Football Club.

Fox first came to note as a rugby player when he represented Wellington RFC, a team club from his home at Tone Dale House, Wellington.

At scrum-half; captaining England in its win over Scotland in 1890. He turned down his third cap because of the firm’s stocktaking! Then he had a knee injury. He became President of the English R.F.U. and visited New Zealand.

It may have been due to him that the Maoris played at Wellington in bare feet!

Here are some images of items we have on show at Tone Dale House which include an original England shirt!

1890 England Rugby Team captained by Francis Fox

1890 England Rugby Team captained by Francis Fox

England rugby shirt & cap worn by Francis Fox in 1890

England rugby shirt & cap worn by Francis Fox in 1890