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The laws of the game are made simple - for players, referees, coaches and spectators. This is a book packed full of useful information and advice on how the modern game is played and how it all began. Now all players, novice referees and school coaches seeking to understand more about the rules and regulations can find an answer to their various questions. Featuring all key areas in the game, including: The intricacies of point scoring, the definition of a loose head and tight head, foul play and dangerous play, rucks and mauls, throwing in at the line-outs and, most importantly, why the funny-shaped ball. Written in a user-friendly style, you can't afford to be without this definitive reference book. For the observer who needs to know more than the TV commentator can ever tell him, this book is first rate and full of insight into tactics and game plans. It's a revelation which helps explain the inexplicable, and reveals the basic simplicity of the game.
'All Black and Amber' is written to tie in with the fiftieth anniversary of Newport RFC defeating the New Zealand All Blacks on 30 October 1963.
This is a biography of the early life and the playing career of John Dawes, the London Welsh, British Lions (1971) and Barbarians captain. The biography is the result of extensive interviews, with a postscript giving a current analysis detailing Dawes place in rugby history as one of rugby's greatest innovators.
In How to Watch a Game of Rugby, Zavos shares his love and knowledge of the sport with wit and warmth, and passes on some illuminating pointers. Anyone who has ever wondered what the difference is between a ruck and a maul, or a fly half and a fullback, will find this book illuminating. But if you already know the answers - and believe, like the author, that 'the good watcher of rugby is the one who is passionate about the game' - prepare to be indulged.
Stan Bisset was a real hero, both in battle, on the rugby pitch and in desperate armed combat against the Japanese during the Second World War. As a member of the ill-fated 1939 Wallaby touring team to England, he was a rugby legend. In the Middle East and on the Kokoda Track, he was one of Australia's most distinguished and heroic combatants. But above all else, he personified so many attributes of the Australian soldier: moral and physical courage, compassion, selflessness, independence, loyalty, resourcefulness, devotion and humour. Stan Bisset's remarkable life story is told by former Australian soldier and Afghanistan veteran Andrew James. This is a truly inspiring book that crosses generations.
Subtitled 'Violence and Foul Play in a Hooligans' Game Played by Gentlemen', The Worst of Rugby is one of the best-selling titles in Pitch's popular 'Worst of Sport' series. The book takes a humorous look at the whole catalogue of foul and dastardly behaviour associated with the sport - stamping, gouging, arguing, drunkenness - on and off the pitch. The Worst of Rugby gets right under the skin of game: from the superstars to the lowliest supporter, the book reveals the true nature of the contest and those who live for it. Presented in loving detail across 15 chapters, here are all the very worst elements of rugger. From the worst imaginable gamesmanship to the worst wagers and injuries; from the worst missed kick to the worst instances of cheating, brawling and bleeding on teammates, the book will simultaneously delight and appal any player, supporter or aficionado of the great game.
The biggest single sports and television event in Canada marks its 100th championship in 2012. The Terrible Tripper of 1957, the 1962 Fog Bowl, Vic Washington's Fabulous Fumble in 1968, Tony Gabriel's Classic Catch in 1976, Henry "Gizmo" Williams's Wild Run in 1987, and Dave Ridgway's Magnificent Kick in 1989 are some of the legendary moments leading up to the 100th Grey Cup game in November 2012 in Toronto. You'll find all of them in Grey Cup Century and much more. Canadian football has had a long and storied history dating back to the 1860s. In 1909, Earl Grey, the governor general of Canada, donated a trophy to honour the best amateur rugby football club in the country. The first team to win a Grey Cup was the University of Toronto Varsity Blues. In 1954 the Canadian Football League, a professional organization, took over sole control of the Cup. Since then gridiron giants such as Sam Etcheverry, Norm Kwong, Jackie Parker, Russ Jackson, Ron Lancaster, Lui Passaglia, Doug Flutie, and Michael "Pinball" Clemons have dazzled fans in an annual championship that now attracts as many as six million television viewers.
A collection of stories from rugby pitches around the world.
No nation has made a greater contribution to the Lions than Wales. During almost half a century since the end of World War II, they have provided the Lion's share not just of members of the supporting cast, but of captains, coaches and managers. They have also provided some of the greatest players in the history of the game, as well as the most endearing. None more so than Harry Bowcott, the oldest surviving Lion of all, who recalls what it was like to tour New Zealand almost 70 years ago. This book features other famous names and recounts prodigious deeds and unforgettable characters, such as Bobby Windsor, hooker in the invincible 1974 team. He and many others, from JPR Williams to Barry John, and Gareth Edwards to Phil Bennett, relive the epic matches and point to the decisive moments in the history of the Lions. The book includes a complete reference section detailing every Welsh Lion to have played in Test rugby for the most exclusive of all touring teams since the first post-war expedition to New Zealand in 1950.
Alan Tait made sporting history in 1997 when, after spending eight years in the north of England with Widnes and Leeds, he became the first former professional rugby league player to return to Scottish international rugby union. Once back in union with Rob Andrew's Newcastle falcons, Tait used his international recall as a springboard to tour with the British Lions, a set-up he found riddled with xenophobia and selectorial bias. Tait is one of the most colourful sportsmen of his generation and in Rugby Rebel he tells his remarkable story in typically forthright fashion.
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.
David Young, captain of Wales and a triple-British Lion, holds a unique place in modern day rugby. Capped by his country in the first World Cup and a British Lions Test two years later, he then went north to establish a formiable reputation in league rugby and shared in another successful World Cup campaign in the 13-a-side code. When rugby union went professional in 1995 he returned to Wales and adjusted to the totally different requirements of union play, becoming a Lion again and the only man to play for them over three different decades. Even greater honours were around the corner for Young - he has led his club side, Cardiff, for three years and taken over the helm of Wales in two Six Nations campaigns. In the "Young One", Young reveals how promises made by two famous clubs never materialised, forcing him to turn his back on his homeland and rugby union for six years; why the game and culture of rugby league can teach the rival code so much; and how the importance of security in his future life has influenced every step he has taken in sport. For the first time the story is told of the attempts by the Welsh Rugby Union to stop him joining rugby league and the letter that set out to rubbish his prospects in the 13-a-side game.
Every four years the elite countries in world rugby battle for the Webb Ellis Cup. First contested in 1987 when it was won by New Zealand, it has been retained in the southern hemisphere ever since: Australia in 1991 and 1999, South Africa in 1995. After beating all three major southern hemisphere countries in the past 12 months, both at home and away, England must now have their best chance of taking the trophy since they lost to Australia at Twickenham in the 1991 final, while the other home countries of Scotland, Ireland and Wales will be presented with their greatest ever rugby challenge.Australia will always be difficult to beat on their home patch but are rebuilding at present, South Africa, meanwhile, will be battling to restore some of the rugby pride that has been badly battered by a succession of heavy defeats. As ever, the All Blacks look to be the strongest opposition and will still be smarting from their first ever home defeat by England. The tournament kicks off in October and the final will be played in Sydney on 22nd November. THE COMPLETE BOOK OF RUGBY WORLD CUP 2003 will tell the story of the competition from the opening ceremony to the presentation of the Cup, with details of every game played and photographs of all the action on and off the field. Leading rugby writers will provide their own insight into team and individual performances and editor Ian Robertson will be gathering comments from players, managers and coaches as the tournament unfolds. Over 100 photographs will recapture the excitement and the emotions of a World Cup and the book will also feature a detailed statistical summary. A vast number of supporters from all the home counties will be following their teams in Australia and THE COMPLETE BOOK OF RUGBY WORLD CUP 2003 will be published almost as soon as they return after the final. This information-packed tome will be a lasting souvenir of a memorable tournament - whoever the winners may be.
Rugby is not a game for those who think that centres are what you find in a box of Black Magic or who confuse Jonah Lomu with Joanna Lumley. Indeed it is not a game for the bright: what kind of tortured mind would invent an oval ball? Of course it helps if you know the rules and if you don't have any fear. In this respect you are in the same boat as most referees, particularly if you have a problem with your eyesight. Odd-Shaped Balls is a collection of stories that evoke the fun and frolics of all rugby players great and small. It snoops inside sweaty, smelly dressing-rooms, reveals the passions of coaches and fans, without whom rugby would cease to exist, and delves deep into the sport's archives to recall its heroes, villains and victims, all of whom are part of the daily currency of rugby. The book is no less than a who's who of rugby, with both old and young getting the opportunity to have their say. Odd-Shaped Balls captures the humour, the agony and the ecstasy of one of the world's most popular sports. Lining out is a cast of thousands of mischief-makers, miscreants and mad hatters: from Max Boyce to Keith Wood; from Sean Fitzpatrick to Austin Healy; Bill Beaumont and his streaker to Gavin Hastings; from Gareth Edwards to David Campese; and from the man in the scrum to the man at the bar. All exponents of surrealism, comic genius and savage wit, they offer a quirky insight into the sporting psyche as well as providing some riotous good laughs. With hundreds of funny stories, Odd-Shaped Balls is a light-hearted romp through decades of rugby tomfoolery that is guaranteed to put a smile on the face of all sports fans.
Steve Black is commonly regarded as one of the most inspirational fitness gurus in the world. He has worked with the finest sportsmen in both rugby and football, while his advice and motivation skills have been sought by many, including Kevin Keegan, Peter Reid and Paul Bracewell.It is in rugby, however, that he has really made his mark. His involvement in the game began when he took up his current post with Newcastle Falcons at the inception of the 'rugby revolution', which catapulted him into a different sphere. He was then signed up by manager Graham Henry as the conditioning coach for the Welsh national side. Following this came the pinnacle of his career, when he was selected for the British Lions tour of Australia in 2001. More recently, he has been named as one of the key factors behind Rugby World Cup hero Jonny Wilkinson's success. However, Black's story could have been very different. At 16 he worked as a bouncer for a variety of rough pubs in Newcastle upon Tyne, but differed from the herd in that he followed a strict religious and moral code. When the pub scene became increasingly violent, Black bowed out and went to college where he attained an Honours degree in Sports Sciences, then embarked upon a career in sport. This engaging biography documents Black's journey from life as a bouncer on the streets of Newcastle to the global sporting achievements that followed. Blackie is an inspirational read for anyone who seeks success, be it in sport or life in general.
Shortly after 11 a.m. on Saturday, 22 November 2003, a young man from Surrey half-volleyed an oval ball over a Sydney crossbar and sparked something truly extraordinary. Having long been the bridesmaid, English rugby became, temporarily at least, the nation's favourite sport. A fortnight later, almost a million people flooded the streets of London to celebrate with their new-found heroes. The road ahead, however, would prove to be riddled with potential potholes. Against this background of triumph and celebration, Mick Collins spoke to players who had helped win the Webb Ellis Trophy on that dramatic day in Sydney and at length to the coach who planned its capture. He met the fans who cheered them on and talked to lesser, more cheerfully humble, players - those who dream of becoming the stars of the future and those who have accepted that such achievements are not to be. From the day of the World Cup Final after which, so the pundits claimed, rugby was going to become bigger than ever before, Collins immersed himself in the game and its people. He looked around for evidence of this prediction and spoke to those involved in making it come true. As if to confirm the cyclical nature of sport, the journey culminates back 'down under' in June 2004 as Woodward takes his men back to the scene of their triumph, in an attempt to re-assert their authority over both the Wallabies and the All Blacks. Chasing the Chariot tells the story of an unprecedented period in English rugby, offering a picture of all levels of the game at a time of huge and dramatic change. The influence and effects of Woodward's planning and preparation have been far reaching, and from inner-city housing estates to public-school playing fields, enthusiastic youngsters to the world's most capped player, Collins discovered that this iconic figure's legacy to the game looks set to run on, long after his departure to take on new challenges.
In Iestyn Harris: There and Back, Welsh rugby internationalist Iestyn Harris tells his remarkable story for the first time. Harris is the first man to play rugby league and international rugby league, then switch to playing rugby union and international rugby union, before returning again to rugby league. Born and raised in Oldham, Harris was signed by Warrington in 1992 at the age of 16 and he quickly established himself as a rising star. From there, he went from strength to strength and played in the 1995 Rugby League World Cup. In 1997, he transferred to Leeds Rhinos for a massive fee of GBP375,000 and became the cornerstone of the Leeds revival. In 1998, he was voted Players' Player of the Season at Leeds after breaking the Rhinos' points record. The following year, at 23, Harris captained Leeds to a Challenge Cup final win, a victory which gave them their first major trophy in 30 years. The new millennium saw Harris named as captain of the Wales national team before he decided to play rugby union with Cardiff in 2001. Around that time, Clive Woodward repeatedly offered Harris a place in the England side but Harris has always been very conscious of his Welsh roots - his grandfather was Welsh - and he was not to be swayed. Within a month, he was playing for Graham Henry's Welsh international side and over the following years he proved a key player in the revival of the Welsh union team. This culminated in their strong performance in the 2003 Rugby Union World Cup in Australia, where they finally lost to eventual winners England. In 2004, Harris returned to rugby league, joining Bradford Bulls. Despite returning halfway through the season, he made an immediate impact and the Bulls reached the Grand Final at Old Trafford. Harris was also part of the Great Britain team that pushed Australia hard until the final of the hugely successful Tri-Nations tournament. Now Iestyn is at his prime and full of ambition for the Bulls and Great Britain. In Iestyn Harris: There and Back, he charts his varied and often controversial playing career, revealing the motives behind the decisions he has made.
In 2004, when Colin Charvis asked for payment to meet the press in his capacity as Welsh captain, he created a furore which saw previous captains go on record deploring his attitude and even demanding he be removed from the position. Charvis retracted his demands and carried out his duties as captain both on and off the field in the manner expected but for many the damage had been done. Whether the player was right or wrong is a matter of opinion but the situation was the direct result of rugby entering the professional era and few who went before had to contend with such issues. 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 villains, that this book is dedicated. From James Bevan in 1881 through to Colin Charvis and Gareth Thomas 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. 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, Breathing Fire provides answers to these questions and many more in what is an enthralling insight into the Welsh captaincy.
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
Fourteen years since his autobiography, Size Doesn't Matter, English rugby's most decorated flanker, Neil Back, returns with a tale of triumphs, heartaches and broken promises. From his anti-hero role as 'The Hand of Back' in Leicester Tigers' European Cup triumph over Munster, to Grand Slam glory and the 2003 World Cup with England, Neil is never far from the story. The Death of Rugby dissects the Lions' disastrous 2005 tour of New Zealand, the ousting of his mentor Dean Richards from Leicester Tigers, and Neil's three years in charge of Leeds, before being recruited by The Rugby Football Club, and why Neil and his colleagues had to walk away, despite an unbeaten season, and league and cup double. Neil deals with the adjustment from professional sportsman into family and regular working life, despite a critical illness in 2013, which has shaped his perspective on life.
Over the last 20 years the professionalization of both codes of rugby (league and union) has led to increasing demands on players. The Science of Sport: Rugby provides a comprehensive and accessible overview of the science behind preparing for performance in rugby. Using key scientific research and practical applications, the book offers an insight into how science can inform practice to improve player performance. The authors contributing to this book are world leading in their respective fields, ranging from academics researching rugby performance to practitioners delivering this information within the professional game. This new book covers: movement and physiological demands; fitness testing; fatigue and recovery; nutrition; strength and conditioning; injury rehabilitation; decision-making; skill assessments; young rugby players; talent identification and development; referees and finally, coaching planning and practice. This book bridges the gap between theory and practical application.
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Detailing Dawes's memories of playing with, captaining, and
coaching some of the most outstanding players in rugby during the
1960s and 1970s, this narrative combines firsthand accounts with a
broader historical context, analyzing developments in the game over
the last 50 years against the backdrop of modern Wales's changing
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