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Fans Have Shared Rugby Facts That Sound Fake But Are Actually True

16. Owen Farrell wasn’t always named Owen Farrell

He was not at first registered as a Farrell, but took mum Colleen’s family name of O’Loughlin. The couple married in 1995, changing Owen’s surname to Farrell the following year.

17. England legend Martin Johnson actually played for New Zealand first.

However, what you might not know is that All Blacks legend Colin Meads invited the raw but promising teenager to New Zealand to play for the King Country province in 1989 and Johnson, who took up the offer, would go on to be capped by New Zealand U21s.

18. In 2012, following his Scotland debut, Stuart Hogg discovered he was a distant relative of football legend George Best.

Totally insane.

19. The notion of singing a national anthem before a sporting event originated at a rugby match

Makes sense.

20. Scotland have never beaten New Zealand

Wait, that is totally believable.

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