During the First World War, 27 England rugby union internationals were killed, eight of these during battles in Flanders Fields. Here, we remember the stories of these eight men who wore the red rose of England on the rugby field and who went on to make the ultimate sacrifice for their country.  

Many of these men fell during or in the lead up to the Battle of Passchendaele, the Third Battle of Ypres, one of the bloodiest battles of the First World War in which 500,000 allied and German soldiers would lose their lives. It’s possible to tour the battlefields of Flanders and retrace the places that these rugby players fought, fell and are remembered using the map below.

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