England Team Photograph from February 1875

(courtesy of the Rugby World Museum, Twickenham

​Mr Edward Simcox Perrott, known to his friends as ‘Mons’ has the distinction of being the first rugby player for Shanghai who held an international cap. ‘Mons’ went to Cheltenham College, one of the public schools which favoured rugby rules. He earned his sole cap playing for England against Ireland on 15 February 1875. This was the first time that these countries had played each other at rugby. The game was played at the Kennington Oval, -now more familiar as a cricket venue- in front of 2,000 spectators. England won by two goals and one try to nil. In the list of England internationals, Perrott is listed as the sixty-fifth. In 1875 rugby teams were still twenty-a-side consisting of thirteen forwards and seven backs. It was not until February 1877 that the game became fifteen-a-side.  Perrott arrived in Shanghai in December 1879 almost four years after earning his England cap. He joined Reid Evans and Co with offices on Peking Road, and retired working for the same company in 1905.

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Artifact of the Month Number 4 - June 2014  (for previous artifacts see bottom of page)

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