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In order to maximise their performance in training and in matches, rugby players need to understand the importance of energy and nutrients and their role in the working of the body. It is also vitally important that they make appropriate food choices and that they eat and drink those foods in the correct quantities. This informative book clearly explains which foods and fluids, when consumed in the right amounts at the correct times, will help players perform to the best of their ability.
The Science of Rugby is the only book to examine the scientific principles underpinning the preparation of rugby players for high performance. Drawing on the very latest scientific evidence, and covering both codes (union and league), the book explores every aspect of training and in-match performance and introduces best practice by leading coaches and sports science professionals from around the rugby world. The book covers key topics such as: Performance analysis Monitoring match and training demands Periodization and training plans Metabolic conditioning Strength and power training Speed and agility training Management of fatigue Managing and preventing injury Psychological preparation Biomechanics Nutrition Talent identification and youth development Each chapter includes an extensive case-study that demonstrates how scientific principles have been applied in practice, as well as reflections from leading coaches on how they have incorporated sport science into their performance programmes.No other book bridges the gap between theory and applied practice in rugby, from grass roots to elite international level, and therefore this is essential reading for any student, researcher, sport science support officer, coach, physiotherapist or clinician with an interest in the game.
Scrum-down and get stuck into this mini-collection of rugby humour - the very best quips and quotes for lovers of the odd-shaped ball.
Rugby On This Day revisits many of the sport's most magical and memorable moments which might otherwise have slipped under the radar. Here are over 700 unusual and hilarious highlights, all mixed in with a maelstrom of quirky anecdotes and legendary characters to produce an irresistibly dippable rugby union diary - with an entry for every day of the year. Apart from the usual rousing title wins and stupendous tries, every fan has their favourite rugby memories, be they moments of inspiration on the pitch, streakers or 20-man brawls. As well as recalling events that will make you laugh, cry, or shake your head in disbelief, Rugby On This Day also benefits from brilliant research which delves deep into the game's history, gathering together so many original stories and tit-bits to create a snapshot of the diverse and often bizarre world of rugby union.
"Rugby League in Twentieth Century Britain" is the follow-up volume
to the award-winning Rugby's Great Split. Following on from that
work, the book offers a social and cultural history of rugby league
in the twentieth century, from World War One to the 'Super League'
controversy of 1995.
New Zealand's wonderful victory over close rivals Australia in the Twickenham final brought to close a thrilling 2015 Rugby World Cup which saw southern hemisphere teams dominate and playing a style of rugby which left the northern teams wondering how they can compete in future. This 395 page book concentrates on the 2015 tournament, detailing each pool and knock-out phase match, full information on all the qualifying competitions, each country's squads with changes made, plus a 10 page section filled with records and statistics from both the latest tournament and for the history of the world cup. The book also has match details for every game played in the world cup since 1987.
This bestselling rugby fitness title returns in better shape than ever. Since the dawn of professional rugby, players have become increasingly bigger, faster and stronger. "Complete Conditioning for Rugby" gives players and coaches the advice they need to keep pace with changes in the game by improving individual and team speed, power, strength, agility and endurance. Author Paul Pook presents the latest research and information on testing, priority performance factors, programming and workouts, as well as clear demonstrations of drills. Armed with this information, players and coaches will identify and adopt the best possible conditioning options. The accompanying DVD provides a visual presentation of key tests, exercises and drills for improving performance. The footage demonstrates both individual workouts and team workouts employing functional training methods that emphasize rugby-specific conditioning.
The story of a typical English rugby club set in its historical context linked to the tale of the rare survival of a multi-sport Victorian complex. This will be of interest and use to local people, sports enthusiasts and serious sports historians.
This training manual will be the first in a series of titles, containing the same core information, appealing to tennis, netball, soccer players and possibly for other sports too. Rugby for Real covers all aspects of conditioning for rugby, from fitness drills and exercise programmes to motivation and diet. The focus market is rugby players outside the professional rank - keen amateurs.
As France's oldest team sport, rugby football has throughout its 125-year history reflected major changes in French society. This book analyzes for the first time the complex variety of motives that have led the French to adopt and remake this rather unlikely British sport in their own image. A major site for the construction of masculine, class-based regional and national identities, France's tradition of 'Champagne rugby' continues to be as subject to dramatic upheavals as the society that produced it. The game's precocious professionalism and endemic violence have not infrequently caused the French to be cast as international pariahs. Such isolation, exacerbated by internal politics, has led the French not only to encourage the extension of the sport beyond its British imperial base (into Italy and Romania, for instance), but also to engage in some uncomfortable tactical alliances, most obviously with apartheid South Africa.Taking his analysis both on and off the field, the author tackles these issues and much more: the relationship of sport and the state (including particularly the Vichy period and the period under de Gaulle); professionalization; the persistence of colonial and postcolonial structures (including the role of ethnic minorities); and gender issues - especially masculine identities. At the same time he links the evolution of the sport to the broader context of French socio-economic, political and cultural history.This book will be essential reading for anyone interested in the cultural analysis of sport or French popular culture.
As France's oldest team sport, rugby football has throughout its
125-year history reflected major changes in French society. This
book analyzes for the first time the complex variety of motives
that have led the French to adopt and remake this rather unlikely
British sport in their own image. A major site for the construction
of masculine, class-based regional and national identities,
France's tradition of 'Champagne rugby' continues to be as subject
to dramatic upheavals as the society that produced it. The game's
precocious professionalism and endemic violence have not
infrequently caused the French to be cast as international pariahs.
Such isolation, exacerbated by internal politics, has led the
French not only to encourage the extension of the sport beyond its
British imperial base (into Italy and Romania, for instance), but
also to engage in some uncomfortable tactical alliances, most
obviously with apartheid South Africa.
Rugby is New Zealand's national sport. From the grand tour by the 1888 Natives to the upcoming 2015 World Cup, from games in the North African desert in World War II to matches behind barbed wire during the 1981 Springbok tour, from grassroots club rugby to heaving crowds outside Eden Park, Lancaster Park, Athletic Park or Carisbrook, New Zealanders have made rugby their game. In this book, historian and former journalist Ron Palenski tells the full story of rugby in New Zealand for the first time. It is a story of how the game travelled from England and settled in the colony, how M?ori and later Pacific players made rugby their own, how battles over amateurism and apartheid threatened the sport, how national teams, provinces and local clubs shaped it. But above all it is a story of wing forwards and fullbacks, of Don Clarke and Jonah Lomu, of the Log of Wood and Charlie Saxton's ABC, of supporters in the grandstand and crackling radios at 2 a.m. The story of rugby is New Zealand's story. Rooted in extensive research in public and private archives and newspapers, and highly illustrated with many rare photographs and ephemera, this book is the defining history of rugby in a land that has made the game its own.
The game of rugby has changed significantly in the course of its history. In the early part of the 19th century it evolved from a folk game played by the working class to a recreational activity for public schoolboys. From the 1820s rugby represented an opportunity for gentlemen to demonstrate physical prowess and masculinity and in more recent times it has developed into an activity that reflects the changing attitudes towards professional sport. For the most part of the last one hundred years, rugby union became an important international sport that represented the nationalistic ideals of a number of countries. However, a number of developments, including the increasing influence of a business ethos within sport during the latter decades of the twentieth century, exposed rugby union to the realities of commercialism and all the factors associated with it, especially the demands of a more diverse spectating public. Drawing on interview material with forty-eight elite level rugby union players from England, Wales, Scotland, France, Ireland, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia who participated in elite level rugby union either before, in the overlapping period or after the declaration of professionalism, this book traces the evolution of attitudes towards professionalism from a players' perspective and develops a critical review of the impact that professionalism has had upon the sport of rugby union. Rugby Union and Professionalisation: Elite Player Perspectives is fascinating reading for all students and scholars with an interest in rugby union, sport history, sport policy, sport management and the sociology of sport.
A history of Neath Rugby Football Club 1871-1945
This book is part of the Images of Sport series, which uses old photographs and archived images to show the history of various local sports in Great Britain.
An in-depth look at the first decade of rugby league as a summer sport, with extensive analysis of the historical context and key elements on and off the field in this remarkable story.
Biography of Derek Bevan perhaps the best-known and almost certainly the longest serving rugby union referee in the world, full of insights into the game and its players over the last twenty years, and including a trenchant commentary on the development of rules and professionalism. "A referee can't make a bad game good, but he can make a good game bad." Basing his game on this assumption Derek Bevan became one of the world's best -- and best known -- rugby union referees he retired in 2000, aged fifty, after 32 years as the man in the middle. During his long career he refreed in all four World Cups (a record unlikely to be equalled) including the 1991 Final. He also refereed almost 50 internationals, 4 Welsh Cup Finals, World Cup Sevens, Hong Kong Sevens, Dubai Sevens and the Students World Cup Final. Even in retirement he is refereeing veterans matches around the world. Forced by injury to quit as a player (he'd been sent off 3 times as an "aggressive flanker") his love for the game turned him to refereeing and a prominence he would never have achieved as a player. He saw huges changes: world cups, player professionalism, the growth of the smaller nations, the development of the IRB and national Unions, rule changes to enhance the game. In this book Bevan explores those changes, recalls great matches and great players, and looks at the future for referees.
Over 1,000 players have been capped by Wales, but only a relatively small number have been given the honour of leading their country. It is to these men, the heroes and sometimes the villains, that this book is dedicated. From James Bevan in 1881 through to Gareth Thomas and Duncan Jones at the beginning of the twenty-first century, the role of captain has evolved in tandem with both the game itself and the much wider sociological and technological developments that dominated the twentieth century. Now, after more than 125 years of Welsh rugby, it is time to try to put the record straight. Who is the most successful Welsh captain? Why have so many players only had one opportunity to lead their country? Which position has seen the most captains and, indeed, which the least? Why were eight different captains chosen for eight consecutive matches? With input from many post-war captains, "The Priceless Gift" provides answers to these questions and many more in what is an enthralling insight into the Welsh captaincy.
Based on exclusive interviews with 40 celebrated players, past and present, "Legends of Irish Rugby" is a veritable who's who of the sport. Immortals, such as Jack Kyle, Willie John McBride, Tony Ward, Brian O'Driscoll, Gordon D'Arcy and Paul O'Connell bare their souls to reveal themselves as men of vision, passion and dedication - men who, through their glories, disappointments and dramatic deeds, have inspired others to realise their dreams. In this engrossing and entertaining account of the bittersweet history of Irish rugby, these powerful personalities offer startling insights into some of the sport's most controversial moments - from the assault on Ronan O'Gara during the 2001 Lions tour to Gary Ella's tenure as Leinster coach. They also express their opinions on the most important issues facing the game today - from Brian O'Driscoll's hair to the role of the coach and the future of the sport itself. Their take on the times is often as comical as it is insightful. Compelling, informative and humorous, "Legends of Irish Rugby' is by far the most revealing volume yet on one of the country's favourite sports.
This book is part of the Images of Sport series, which uses old photographs and archived images to show the history of various local sports in Great Britain.
This hilarious collection of stories taken from over 130 years of rugby history recounts some of the moments their perpetrators would rather forget. A relentlessly high-speed game. Rugby is particularly prone to crucial split-second tests of human fallability and eccentricity, and for every player snatching victory at the last gasp there is somebody whose overconfidence or moment of self-doubt leaves the spectator clutching his head in disbelief.
A history of St Helens Rugby League Club
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