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1989 - 1993 England North

A major change to Rugby in the 1980s was the move to playing major touring sides on a much-shortened series of game and in large Soccer stadia. Old Trafford and Anfield were among the first to be used. These North Division matches replaced the system of County, Inter County or Regional sides playing the likes of the All Blacks, Springboks and Wallabies. The divisional matches themselves were replaced with the sweeping changes following the “open” game in 1995.

We in Hartlepool had the chance to see a North game hereabouts when the North played the American Eagles on Brierton Lane in 1898,

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