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'Even in those early days, I resolved not to be a fan but to be an analyst' George Hook Who is the greatest Irish rugby player of all time? What was the best Irish Grand Slam team? Who are the game's greatest rivals? In This is Rugby, well-known rugby commentator George Hook answers these questions and more and, in conversation with RTE's Hugh Cahill, debates some of rugby's greatest players, teams, moments and matches. From the World Cups, to the merits of the Lions tour, club rugby and the future of the game, This is Rugby is jam-packed with iconic photographs, memories, commentary and analysis, making this an essential book for rugby lovers everywhere.
On 22 November 2003, England enjoyed their most wondrous day of sporting glory since the 1966 football World Cup final. Inspired by the amazing Jonny Wilkinson, they won the Rugby World Cup, silencing anti-Pom Australia with a victory in the final in Sydney in one of the most exciting sporting contests ever staged. The reaction of the nation back at home, starved of sporting success, was remarkable - a crowd of 750,000 would later cheer the team's victory parade through the streets of London. This was more than a rugby victory. It put the northern hemisphere back in charge of the sport but also turned the tide against Australian sporting dominance and perhaps even lit a beacon for the revival of all England's national sporting teams. It was a triumph earned after years of meticulous planning, of relentless sweat and dedication, won in the cauldron of Down Under dislike of all things English. It elevated people like Wilkinson, coach Clive Woodward and the inspirational captain, Martin Johnson, into sporting legend. Stephen Jones followed the whole process and notably the final push, which began in August 2002 and ended in November 2003 with the climax of England's spectacular run in
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Robin McBryde is the coach - of the forwards - for the Welsh rugby team, and will be in this role in the autumn 2007 Rugby World Cup. McBryde has, over his career, won 37 caps for Wales, and is a member of the British Lions team. This book contains a topicial chapter on McBryde's personal experiences of the World Cup.
At Blackheath in February 1881, Wales played their first international rugby match. What happened in the nearly 500 matches since then is contained in this complete guide to Welsh international rugby. It includes all the World Cup finals and qualifying matches played by the national side as well as a summary of the action as it happened in each match. Other information includes: the date of the match; the venue; full details of both teams and replacements (including which clubs they played for); who scored what (tries, conversions, penalties, dropped goals); and referees. Almost 1000 players have been capped for Wales, and this book lists them all in the order in which they made their debut, giving their nickname, the position they played in, dates of birth and death, and number of appearances made. The leading scorers in terms of points, tries and so on are shown, with captains, debut scorers, most points in a game, youngest players capped, most capped players, sendings-off and a full record of Welshmen who have refereed at international level.
A narrative account of the origins and development of rugby union in Scotland, covering over 70 years. The book includes tales of legendary players, and reports of heroic games.
A history of Cardiff Rugby Football Club 1940-2000
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The Rugby World Cup takes place in the UK in fall 2015 where the greatest rugby nations will gather to compete for the Webb Ellis trophy, currently held by New Zealand. This book looks at the history of the World Cup since its inception in 1987 with reviews of all of the tournaments, special features on the great matches and players that have appeared in 7 tournaments held to date. Illustrated throughout with colour photographs this is the perfect introduction to the Rugby World Cup and is a must for all rugby fans.
In his almost 20 years in the sport, Will Greenwood has achieved just about everything a professional rugby player could ever aspire to, playing an integral role in the World Cup-winning campaign of 2003, and achieving great things with England beyond that at the Six Nations and on tour with the Lions. Never was a man better placed to write on the sport. From the grassroots to elite professionalism, Greenwood has made his name as the face of intelligent and entertaining rugby writing and punditry. From hilarious character sketches of players to technical discussion of scrummaging and World Cup reminiscences, Greenwood delivers unrivalled writing on rugby that takes the reader to the heart of the game.
Bennett surveys the panoply of Welsh heroes since World War II, from the eternally young demigods of the 70s such as Gareth Edwards, Phill Bennett, Gerald Davies and Barry John to less celebrated modern heroes. All positions on the rugby field are referred to.
Heart and Soul `the character of Welsh rugby' published October 1998, was defined in terms of the relationship between players and supporters. Individual authors evoked the memory of favourite players and went on to trace the differing ways in which the careers of their heroes had shaped their own perception of the game and their sense of Wales. In this new volume, similar themes will be investigated. Again the chosen players are favourites, men who played the game delightfully and effectively whilst at the same time exuding a degree of authority and confidence that inspired a grateful nation. Moreover, many of the subjects were to have second careers when their playing days were over, as administrators, coaches or pundits they still played a part in moulding the rugby culture of Wales. Once again all this will be put in context: historians Gareth Williams and Dai Smith trace the story of Welsh rugby since the publication in 1981 of their excellent centenial volume Fields of Praise whilst Peter Stead and Huw Richards evaluate the state of the game in Wales at the end of the millennium.
Twenty years of professionalism has seen rugby union undergo dramatic transformations, from changes to everyday training cultures to the growth of the Rugby World Cup into one of the largest global sporting events. The Rugby World in the Professional Era is the first book to examine the effect that professionalism has had across a number of different aspects of the game and the wider socio-cultural significance of these changes through case studies from across the globe. Drawing on contributions from scholars from across the rugby-playing world, the book explores the role of rugby's professionalisation through a number of social-scientific lenses, including: labour migration race and indigenous populations the globalisation of the game mega-event management male sexualities media representations of rugby - from broadcasting matches to rugby in museums and on stage and screen Offering insights into under-researched areas of the sport, such as the growth of Rugby Sevens into an Olympic sport, and providing the most up-to-date recent history of the sport available, The Rugby World in the Professional Era is essential reading for anyone with an academic interest in rugby, and any student or scholar with interests in sports history, sports sociology, sport management or the economics of professional sport.
Among the million plus British and Empire soldiers that fell in the slaughter of The Great War were an elite band of International Rugby players. Tragically, over 130 'caps' from England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa - and France - lost their lives on land, in the air and at sea. Even their legendary strength, fitness and courage were not enough to spare and save them. The book will contain a brief history of International Rugby up to and including The First World War and there will be biographies of each player along with their individual and team photographs. Details of the manner of their death, their burial place and any memorials will also be included, alongside their international playing record. Nigel McCrery is best known for his crime writing but his previously published works reflect his interest in The Great War, notably All The King's Men, a best seller and successful film starring David Jason.
Sam Warburton has had an incredible year. In the summer of 2011, at the age of only 22, he was asked to captain his country, leading Wales into the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand. The team's scintillating progression through the tournament reached a nail-biting height as Wales met France in the semi-final. With a nation's hopes resting on his shoulders, Warburton made 'that' tackle on Vincent Clerc and was shown the red card. Outcry ensued, and the Wales captain experienced great lows despite being named Player of the Tournament by many commentators. Picking himself up from the suffocating media attention, Warburton was determined to rectify Welsh fortunes and strode into the 6 Nations. Battling injuries he led Wales to a magnificent Six Nations. This is his moment. This is his Grand Slam year.
Brian O'Driscoll is one of the greatest outside centres in history, not just in Ireland, but throughout the world. He is Ireland's most capped player of all time and has led the team as captain in a staggering 83 tests, including leading Ireland to their first Grand Slam in 60 years when they won it in 2009. Voted 'Player of the Decade' by Rugby World in 2010 Brian O'Driscoll is, quite simply, the most celebrated player in the sport today.
The mention of sport mega-events conjures up images and memories of London 2012 or anticipation of FIFA 2014, the 2016 Rio Olympics and beyond. Indeed, the expanding annual calendar of sport mega-events, both in terms of the bidding process and the actual hosting of the event means that there is rarely time for considered reflection. This is particularly true within the context of neo-liberalism and an obsession with creating world class `sporting' cities that are propelled by state-private promotional discourses that often silence oppositional voices. This edited collection focuses on Rugby World Cup 2011 in order to examine the contested terrain of one particular sport mega-event with respect to its economic, political and cultural impact both locally and globally. As an event, the 2011 Rugby World Cup was unique in many ways but perhaps the most notable are the nation's remote geographic location and at just over four million people - its small population. This anthology addresses how the Rugby World Cup has changed since its inception in 1987 including a major shift in the globalisation of the game, professionalization, player migration and television and sponsorship rights. The core of the anthology explores how the event impacted on various segments of New Zealand society: from the state to regions and individual citizens. Collectively the implications are relevant for all who are interested in sport mega-events whether it is from a political, economic, scholarly or policy perspective. This book was published a sa special issue of Sport and Society.
The changing nature and fortunes of Welsh Rugby since the 1950s are here traced through the careers, on and off the field, of some of its most interesting and controversial characters. Each player's style and personality are evoked, his rapport with fans and the media examined and his career and interest off the rugby field traced.
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