Richard Osborne (rugby union)

Richard Osborne was a rugby union international who represented England in the first international in 1871.[1]

Richard Osborne
Birth nameRichard Robinson Osborne
Date of birth20 May 1848
Place of birthMiddleham, Yorks[1]
Date of death4 November 1926
Place of deathRochdale (aged 78 years 168 days)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Fullback
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
- Manchester ()
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1871 England 1

Early lifeEdit

Richard Osborne was born on 20 May 1848 in Middleham, Yorkshire.[1]

Rugby union careerEdit

Osborne made his international debut on 27 March 1871 at Edinburgh in the Scotland vs England match, the first international.[1] He was one of four players from the Manchester Football Club.[2] It was reported that in this match Osborne made an extraordinary charge at Finlay of Scotland. Osborne. Finlay had got well away with the ball, and was sprinting towards the English goal, when Osborne, "folding his arms across his chest, ran full tilt at him, after the fashion of a bull charging a gate. Both were very big, heavy men, and the crash of the collision was tremendous, each reeling some yards, and finally falling on his back. For a few seconds players and spectators alike held their breath, fearing terrible results, but the two giants promptly resumed their places, apparently none the worse."[3] Osborne became the 1st Captain of the Rochdale Hornets Club who formed in August 1871. Rochdale Hornets would later be one of the founding members of the Northern Union which would become the Rugby Football League.


  1. ^ a b c d Richard Osborne Profile on
  2. ^ Francis Marshall, Football, The Rugby Union Game, p144, 1892 (Cassell: London)
  3. ^ Francis Marshall, Football, The Rugby Union Game, p141-143, 1892 (Cassell: London)