::1880–81 Home Nations rugby union matches


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The first Welsh team to play an international rugby match, February 1881

The 1880–81 Home Nations rugby union matches were a series of international rugby union friendlies held between the England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales national rugby union teams. This season is most notable for the introduction of Wales as an international rugby union nation, playing their first ever match in a game against England. Although Wales were humiliated<ref>A Brief History of the Welsh Rugby Union Welsh Rugby Union website</ref> by a crushing defeat it did not stop rugby union being adopted by Wales as the country's national sport.

The only recognised competition held between the countries was the annual Calcutta Cup match, contested between England and Scotland. It was the third challenge for the Cup.

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