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Yorkshire rugby union has never followed in the footsteps of its cricketing counterpart 'birth right' rule, where only cricketers born in the Broadacres qualified to play for the county - although there were notable exceptions, the most famous being Lord…

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Yorkshire v Lancashire – Pre schism

1878 saw the first 15 a-side game between the two counties, although due to injuries both teams were reduced to 14 players for most of the match. Between 14-16,000 spectators watched the clash at Halifax which resulted in a Lancashire…

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Yorkshire versus the Rest of England

In 1888/89 the RFU officially recognised the title of County Champion. The manner of deciding the winners was down to a committee of the RFU who simply chose the team with the best record and declared them champions. Yorkshire had…

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