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One in a Quarter Million Odds: After Fifty Years, All Members of This High School Rugby Team Are Still Alive

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Fifty years ago, the rugby team of the Portsmouth Grammar School in Hampshire, UK posed for a photo. They went their separate ways, but all sixteen members survived the years and returned to update their picture. The odds were astronomical:

The odds of all of the original first team being alive to meet for the milestone anniversary was worked out at 256,000 to one. [...]

The old boys met the school’s current first 15 rugby team and watch them play against Churchers College, from Petersfield, Hants.

In a bid to create a legacy and encourage current teams to stay in touch, the 1962 team presented the current team with a trophy – a rugby ball which they had all signed.

Link | Photo: Portsmouth Grammar School Archive/Solent News

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October 6th, 2012

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