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LIST | 5 Famous rugby myths debunked

4. Rugby was unaffected by the northern league breakaway in the 1890s

The English immediately lost more tests without the uncompromising Yorkshire and Lancashire forwards. A humiliating 23-point defeat to Wales in 1899 began a run of often big losses to the previously inferior Welsh. The politics and economics of the breakaway usually overshadow the effect on the quality of English rugby.