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Just before the start of the 2002 Wales v Scotland match in Cardiff, the stadium announcer asked people to stand and acknowledge Bill McLaren's great contribution to the sport. The whole ground rose, leaving McLaren choking back the tears. Then came a voice in his ear: 'Cue, Bill...' Coping with his emotions on that day was obviously not straightforward, even for a commentator of Bill McLaren's experience, used to being caught up in some of the most dramatic moments rugby has ever seen. But Bill also talks frankly about the greatest tragedy of his life: the death of his younger daughter from cancer at 46, the three-years of agony and the trauma of her final day. Bill wanted to stay at her bedside but she insisted he go and carry out a commentating duty in Edinburgh on the Saturday afternoon. He did so, rushed back to the hospital, but she had died that afternoon while he was on air. McLaren, himself, had almost died of TB in his youth and he tells of the days and nights when he hid under the sheets in bed at the Scottish hospital where he was kept for 19 months, 'crying myself to sleep each night as they took away my friends who had died that day. I was certain I would be next'. harrowing times as a forward observation spotter when he came within inches of being killed by a German sniper. Later, he also remembers leading his men one day into a small northern Italian town where they discovered 1500 corpses piled up in the square. 'That was the day I became a man, rather quickly, ' he says. He was 21. As well reliving the highlights of his illustrious career as a commentator, Bill talks of the game today and his regrets that rugby went professional. He is a fierce critic of what this has led to and fears for the future health and safety of rugby players because he regards the modern game as dangerously physical. His story amounts to a history of the game itself and reaffirms McLaren's status as something of a global treasure
Did You Know... Who won 152-0 in 2002, the largest margin of victory in an international fixture? The stories behind rugby's best nicknames, like `Suitcase', `Raspberry' and `The Fun Bus'? How the first-ever `own try' was scored in 2014? It may not always be beautiful, but rugby is a glorious game. Whether you're a devoted fan, a keen player or a complete newcomer, there's no other sport where titans clash with so much heart and soul. Bringing together history, trivia, amusing anecdotes and fresh insights, this handy volume will be your sweet chariot through the world of the oval ball.
In 1897 Herbert William Rudge founded Dings Crusaders Rugby Club as a part of the Dings' Club, one of the activities of the Shaftesbury Crusade, a Christian and social mission founded in the 1880s in the Dings, a notorious area of poverty and degradation in the St Philip's area of Bristol. This book tells the story of how the rugby club grew from humble beginnings to competing in the fourth tier of English rugby. The club's move to Lockleaze in 1948 established close links with the local community and schools, and the publication of this history coincides with Dings Crusaders' move to a new home, Shaftesbury Park, heralding an exciting new chapter in the club's story.
Dublin 4, probably best-known in sporting terms as the spiritual home of Leinster Rugby, has one of the highest densities of diverse sports clubs in all of Ireland. In this new work from Kurt Kullmann, a founding member of the Donnybrook, Ballsbridge and Sandymount Historical Society, the author explores the history of these clubs, creating a picture of the kaleidoscopic nature of Dublin's sporting culture.
Newport RFC played their first game in 1876, and quickly established themselves as one of the leading clubs in the country. They played a dominant role in Welsh and British rugby, providing the national team with some of its greatest stars. The `Black and Ambers' are one of a select group of teams in world rugby to have beaten the All Blacks, Wallabies and the Springboks. Formed in 2003 as a result of the regionalisation of Welsh rugby, Newport Gwent Dragons started life with a third place finish in the 2003/04 Celtic League. Some notable club highlights include reaching the semi-finals of the European Challenge Cup in 2007 and 2015, and reaching the final of the Anglo-Welsh Cup in 2011. Like Newport RFC, they play at Rodney Parade, one of Welsh Rugby's spiritual homes. Peter Jones documents Newport's most iconic players and managers from the team's early beginnings to the present day. With unprecedented access to the club's archives, Newport Rugby Greats provides a history of some of the club's heroes, complete with facts and figures, along with their most memorable games.
Rugby: The Art of Scrummaging is an authoritative work on scrummaging, covering every conceivable aspect from history, technique to safety, physical conditioning to scrum law.Up until now, scrum knowledge has been acquired mostly by word of mouth and through good coaching, but the teachings are often watered down over time. Rugby: The Art of Scrummaging draws on many years of combined experience of world class players to present a structured and well researched body of work which aims to inform and educate coaches, players, and referees about this noble 'art'. Many of the big names of international rugby have added their comments and endorsements. And with substantial input from renowned rugby writer and ex-Wallaby centre Dick Marks, who has spent more than 30 years in coaching development and management, and Peter Fenton, a respected and acclaimed International rugby coach, this book has all the potential to become the bible of scrummaging.
Touch Rugby is a rapidly growing game and an attractive sport to rugby coaches and players because of the core skills it develops and the high levels of fitness it encourages. The absence of contact, the high value placed on developing foundational Rugby skills, and the game's capacity to be played by men's, women's and mixed teams makes it the ideal sport for pre-season training and also to the Fitness community more generally. This book is the ultimate resource for players and coaches of Touch Rugby at all levels and stages of the game as well as rugby union and league players and coaches wishing to incorporate Touch principles into their training and approach. The book outlines player pathways from beginner to intermediate to elite. The core fitness requirements of the sport (speed, dynamism and agility) are clearly described alongside advice on programmes that encourage the development of these abilities. An essential buy for every Touch Rugby coach or player!
Known to thousands of rugby fans as a knowledgeable, passionate and witty broadcaster, and as an entertaining and popular after-dinner speaker, Phil Steele's confident demeanour and humorous disposition mask a life-long battle against depression and anxiety heightened by heartbreak and tragedy in his personal life. Nerves of Steele is a remarkable story and reveals the real Phil Steele, a man known only by his very closest friends and family.The Cardiff-born 'Ely Boy', who dreamed of playing for Wales, suffered his first bout of debilitating clinical depression when he saw his promising rugby career with Newport RFC wrecked by injury at only 23, just as his eye-catching performances had earned him a call up to the Wales B squad.The curse of mental illness and its malevolent twin, chronic anxiety, hung over Phil for years, who describes his suffering as 'like living under a cloak of constant unease' and at times even sapped his will to go on living. His vulnerability was repeatedly tested by losing both patents whilst still in his twenties, his younger sister to alcoholism and his beloved wife Liz who died from a brain tumour aged 48, only a month after being diagnosed.Nerves of Steele is, however, an uplifting story of how, despite all the mental anguish and personal tragedy, Phil's determination, strength of character and infectious personality has enabled him to conquer his condition and live a full and rewarding personal and professional life. With mental illness believed to affect one in every four people, Nerves of Steele will resonate with those that have experienced it themselves as well as their loved ones who've also been affected by it - and offer them all real hope for the future.
As a professional rugby player and renowned athlete, James is widely known for his elite athleticism and commanding physique. As such, it would be fair to say James Haskell knows a thing or two about getting and keeping fit, as well as preparing to play rugby. -------- Since the beginning and the publication of his very first blog, James's mission has been to provide clear, concise information to help both aspiring male and female rugby players, as well as general fitness enthusiasts, to achieve their health and fitness goals. There is an awful lot of information in this book, which equally applies to a number of other sports, aside from rugby, as well as general training advice. -------- At the very heart of James Haskell Health & Fitness exists a burning passion for rugby. Like no other sport, rugby tests all elements of true fitness: speed, strength, power, agility, balance, endurance and co-ordination. These sit alongside all of rugby's other core ethics and values; such as teamwork, unity, working for each other, respecting the referee, the opposition and leaving everything on the field of play. -------- James has been inundated with requests from people all over the rugby world to provide specific rugby focused training, fitness and nutritional advice - well, now he has answered the clarion call.
Gloucester is one of rugby's most famous clubs. Home of 'The Shed', Gloucester ended a long period of underachievement by winning the Powergen Cup in 2003, having reached their first domestic cup final for thirteen years. Written by BBC Radio Gloucestershire's Ian Randall, this is the story of the time between the defeat by Bath and the win over Northampton - one of the most dramatic periods in Cherry-and-Whites' history - told through the reminiscences of those directly involved.
This title is a tribute to generations of rugby players at Thrum Hall from the post World War II period.
A history of Swansea Rugby Football Club since 1945
A history of Raith Rovers Football Club since 1996
A history of Neath Rugby Football Club 1945-1996
Imagine a Springbok as a finished product coming off a factory assembly line. What are the components required? And what does it take for them to cohere into a successful team? Author Liz McGregor spent two years behind the scenes interviewing the players, coaches, wives and girlfriends, mothers and teachers. She also spoke to the Bok doctor and physio, the sponsors, brand managers and the logistics guy. And then there’s the boss, the South African Rugby Union.
What she discovered is as fascinating as it is complex: that parents play a crucial role, as do those early coaches and teachers who identify and nurture talent; that injury lurks behind every corner; that it takes incredible courage to go back onto the field to face another battering; and that the ‘business’ of the Springboks is one that is both well and poorly managed, depending where you look.
By the end of her journey, McGregor had developed a deep regard for the players and many of the people who work to put the best team South Africa can offer onto the field. Nelson Mandela showed how a Springbok team can unite a nation. But there are parts of the Springbok Factory that are in urgent need of repair or, indeed, replacement.
The world of rugby celebrated the 8th Rugby World Cup in 2015, but a tournament held in 1919, The King's Cup, can rightly claim to be rugby's first competitive 'World Cup'. Meticulously complied by Howard Evans and Phil Atkinson, The King's Cup 1919, is the first book to tell the story of rugby's first 'World Cup' and is essential reading for all rugby enthusiasts and military historians. With over 140 photos and illustrations, and chapters focusing on the competing teams, the players, and every game in the tournament, the authors have provided a comprehensive and attractive record of a long-forgotten but historically important competition that most rugby supporters are completely unaware of. At the outbreak of World War I in 1914, all rugby was suspended by decree of the individual rugby unions, with only inter-military encounters and fundraising games permitted. After the Armistice in November 1918, with the armies of the world's rugby-playing nations still stationed in Britain, and with the public desperate to see competitive rugby played again, an inter-military tournament was organised.King George V was so enthused by the proposed competition that he agreed to have the tournament named after him, and so The King's Cup was born. The King's Cup 1919 Explains the British military's refusal to allow separate teams for England, Wales, Scotland or Ireland by the creation of 'Mother Country' Explains how the Royal Navy were invited to compete but declined Confirmed the status of New Zealand as the dominant rugby-playing nation Saw the first competitive game between New Zealand and South Africa Shows the origins of apartheid South Africa's refusal to accept black players in opposing teams
As used by the world's top Rugby union teams; Speed is what separates the best players from the rest. But to succeed in the sport today, all rugby players are expected to be able to run, side-step, jump, tackle and control the ball quickly and accurately. SAQ is a revolutionary training method which has proved that the explosive speed, acceleration and reaction times so crucial to the sport can now be developed in all players - whatever their size and shape. Packed with drills designed to get each player to their maximum velocity in the shortest time possible, it also improves balance, co-ordination and body awareness and hence results in fewer injuries. Essential reading for coaches working with all ages and at all levels.
A history of Featherstone Rovers Rugby League Football Club
The 1926-27 New Zealand 'All Blacks' rugby league tour of Great Britain was the most tempestuous sporting venture of all time and led to seven of the players being disqualified for life on their return home. Set against the backdrop of a financially crippling miners' strike, the 'guilty' tourists rebelled against their controversial coach. This book tells the story in detail.
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, as with most other team sports, is a game of technical finesse, tactical boldness, and refined and complex physical development. "Periodization in Rugby" addresses one of the most crucial elements of the sport - physical conditioning.Utilizing the revolutionary training techniques developed by Tudor Bompa - the father of modern sports periodization - this superb volume presents readers with proven training principles, an overview of the fundamentals of rugby, and an explanation of the physiological demands of the sport and how they impact on training. It also features short term and annual training plans, with numerous drills and exercises to improve the skills of all players, as well as expert tips on recovery and nutrition.
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