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Siya Kolisi - Against All Odds (Paperback): Jeremy Daniel Siya Kolisi - Against All Odds (Paperback)
Jeremy Daniel
R260 R179 Discovery Miles 1 790 Save R81 (31%) In stock

When Siya Kolisi leads the Springboks out onto the field at the Rugby World Cup in September 2019, it will be the crowning glory of an incredible journey that began on the impoverished streets of Zwide, a township outside Port Elizabeth. As the first black South African to captain a Springbok rugby team, Kolisi’s remarkable story is unique and deserves to be heard.

His mother was a teenager when he was born. She left him in the care of his grandmother who brought him up until she died (in his arms) when Siya was twelve. He found love and acceptance playing junior rugby with the African Bombers club until his talent was spotted by the prestigious Grey High School who offered Siya a full scholarship that changed his life. He adapted well to the posh private school, but it was on the rugby field where he excelled. Siya was rewarded with a call-up the SA schools team and a contract to join the Western Province rugby union.

Author Jeremy Daniel tracks Siya’s journey from running wild on the streets of Zwide, through some crucial games in high school, into the Western Province rugby set-up and his fight to become Springbok captain. He goes deep inside the systems that identify junior talent, the characters who shaped his journey and the moments where he showed who he really was. Siya never forgot where he came from, and ultimately adopted his mother’s other two children after she died when he was in high school.

His life has not been without controversy, and his marriage to a fiery young white woman was a lightning rod for racial politics. But he is a shining beacon of hope for South Africa, he is massively popular and there is a huge appetite from the public to know about his life and to support him as Springbok captain.

South African Rugby Annual 2019 (Paperback, 48th Edition): Duane Heath, Eddie Grieb, Kobus Smit South African Rugby Annual 2019 (Paperback, 48th Edition)
Duane Heath, Eddie Grieb, Kobus Smit
R250 R185 Discovery Miles 1 850 Save R65 (26%) Shipped within 4 - 10 working days

The South African Rugby Annual is the official historical record of another memorable season in South African rugby, from schoolboy rugby to the Springboks.

The 48th edition of the ‘bible’ of the game in this country contains more records and memorable moments than ever before, including everything you need to know ahead of the 2019 World Cup.

Winging It - Jonathan Kaplan's Journey From World-Class Ref To Rookie Solo Dad (Paperback): Joanne Jowell Winging It - Jonathan Kaplan's Journey From World-Class Ref To Rookie Solo Dad (Paperback)
Joanne Jowell
R280 R241 Discovery Miles 2 410 Save R39 (14%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

Jonathan Kaplan, celebrated international rugby referee and former world record-holder for most Test caps, had his fair share of challenging moments on the field. He was known for his commitment to fair play, ability to defuse tense situations, and courage in making difficult, and sometimes controversial, decisions. All this would stand JK in good stead and come back into play when, at the age of 47, he made two life-changing decisions. The first was to blow his whistle for the last time and end his career as a professional rugby ref. The second was to become a parent – and a solo parent at that.

This is the story of JK’s decision to have a baby by surrogate, the two-year fertility process that followed, and the subsequent birth of his son Kaleb. Winging It draws on the insights of key role-players in JK’s journey, including the extraordinary experience of the surrogate mother herself.

Exchanging rucks for reflux, mauls for milk bottles, scrums for storks (and other stories about Kaleb’s conception), this account of how JK navigates the choppy waters of parenthood is disarmingly frank and scrupulously honest. At times poignant and tender, and at others downright funny, this is a thoroughly contemporary take on what constitutes a family and how we dare to build one.

Springbok Glory - Golden Moments In The Modern Era (Paperback): Stephen Nell Springbok Glory - Golden Moments In The Modern Era (Paperback)
Stephen Nell 4
R220 R83 Discovery Miles 830 Save R137 (62%) In stock

Everyone remembers the Springboks big matches, the tries and the glory. But few people know what was said in team meetings, which music was played on the team bus and what went down in the dressing rooms afterwards.

In Springbok Glory, sports writer Stephen Nell not only tells the story of South African rugby's best moments on the field, but also lifts the lid on events behind the scenes. He goes and delves for the stories from players, coaches and officials that were at the coalface, giving the reader an in-depth view of Springbok rugby. Among those interviewed are Bryan Habana, Nick Mallett, Jake White, John Smit, Brendan Venter, Chester Williams, Gary Gold and the late Louis Luyt.

Nell's fascinating stories about South African rugby's golden moments since the return from isolation in 1992 will elicit many a nostalgic smile.

Pitched Battle - In The Frontline Of The 1971 Springbok Tour Of Australia (Paperback, Ed): Larry Writer Pitched Battle - In The Frontline Of The 1971 Springbok Tour Of Australia (Paperback, Ed)
Larry Writer 1
R399 R305 Discovery Miles 3 050 Save R94 (24%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

A vivid story of the men and women who took a stand when sport mixed with politics.

In 1971, when the racially selected all-white Springbok rugby team toured Australia, it became a nation at war with itself. There was bloodshed as tens of thousands of anti-apartheid campaigners clashed with governments, police, and rugby fans - who were given free reign to assault protestors. Queensland premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen declared a state of emergency. Prime minister William McMahon called the Wallabies who refused to play 'national disgraces'. Barbed wire ringed the great rugby grounds to stop protestors invading the field.

Pitched Battle recreates what became of the most rancorous periods in modern Australian history - a time of courage, pain, faith, fanaticism, and political opportunism - which ultimately made heroes of the seven Wallabies who refused to play, played a key role in the later political careers of Peter Beattie, Meredith Burgmann, and Peter Hain, and ultimately led to the abandonment of apartheid.

Dawie de Villiers: My Lewensreis - Springbok, Politikus, Diplomaat (Afrikaans, Paperback): Chris Schoeman Dawie de Villiers: My Lewensreis - Springbok, Politikus, Diplomaat (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Chris Schoeman 1
R300 R236 Discovery Miles 2 360 Save R64 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

Springbokkaptein, predikant, filosoof, ambassadeur, kabinetsminister, węreldreisiger, kunsliefhebber, gesinsman. Dit was en ís die węreld van dr. Dawie de Villiers, een van Suid-Afrika se ikone wat sy land dekades lank op vele terreine met groot onderskeiding gedien het.

Hierdie boeiende lewensverhaal neem lesers op ’n merkwaardige lewenspad deur Suid-Afrika se sport- en politieke geskiedenis. De Villiers se jeugjare in ’n polities georiënteerde gesin, sy vinnige opgang vanuit sy geliefde Stellenbosch Rugbyklub tot in die Springbokspan, sy moeilike pad met sportbeserings en die soet en suur van Springbok-wees is maar enkele aspekte van dié lekkerlees-ervaring.

Hy vertel van sy betrokkenheid in die politiek as ’n ywerige waarnemer van onder andere die bekende filosoof, prof. Johan Degenaar; sy opwindende lewe as ambassadeur in Londen; as kabinetsminister onder P.W. Botha, F.W. de Klerk en Nelson Mandela; die Kodesa-onderhandelinge en die oorgang na demokrasie; en uiteindelik ’n reeks verrykende reise oor die węreld as adjunk-sekretaris-generaal van die Verenigde Nasies se World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

My lewensreis is ’n belangrike bydrae om die rol te beskryf van Afrikanerleiers wat uit die rigiede denkskema van apartheid ontsnap het, wat vanweë morele oortuigings én hulle bevoegdhede ’n nuwe Suid-Afrika help skep het.

The Rugby World Cup 2019 Book - Everything You Need to Know About the Rugby World Cup (Paperback): Graeme Copas The Rugby World Cup 2019 Book - Everything You Need to Know About the Rugby World Cup (Paperback)
Graeme Copas; Foreword by Will Greenwood
R309 R230 Discovery Miles 2 300 Save R79 (26%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

A thoroughly researched and comprehensive guide to the 2019 Rugby World Cup, to be held in Japan in September. This is the sporting highlight of the year, with teams from England, South Africa, New Zealand, Wales and Ireland all competing for the coveted William Webb Ellis trophy.

The book will provide the reader with all the information and insight needed to understand and enjoy the competition. Written by sports journalist Graeme Copas, the book covers the history and build up to qualification, the tournament schedule and venues for this Rugby Union showcase, while also providing talking points, an in-depth analysis of each team and insightful interviews with players and rugby experts from a variety of countries Also included is a thoroughly researched survey of the host country, Japan, and the growing popularity of rugby there, telling how they won the right the host the first Rugby World Cup in Asia.

All 20 national teams involved are analysed and assessed on their chances of success, the star players are featured and each coach`s basic strategies outlined and explained. With this book, the reader will have a handy, competent source of information on hand both before the start and especially whilst the tournament proceeds to its thrilling conclusion.

Rugby - Haynes Explains (Hardcover): Boris Starling Rugby - Haynes Explains (Hardcover)
Boris Starling 1
R165 R135 Discovery Miles 1 350 Save R30 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Written by bestselling author Boris Starling, Rugby is one of the new titles for 2019 in the Haynes Explains series.

A light-hearted and entertaining take on the classic workshop manual, it contains everything you'd expect to see including exploded views, flow charts, fault diagnosis and the odd wiring diagram.

It takes the reader through all areas of the game, giving all the hints and tips needed, whether you're watching the World Cup or down at your local club.

Sushi En Shosholoza - Rugbyreise En Pelgrimstogte In Japan (Afrikaans, Paperback): Erns Grundling Sushi En Shosholoza - Rugbyreise En Pelgrimstogte In Japan (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Erns Grundling
R275 R209 Discovery Miles 2 090 Save R66 (24%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

In 2018, kort op die hakke van sy topverkoper-memoires oor die Camino, Elders, en die kykNET-reeks Elders: Die Camino, reis Erns Grundling met ’n TV-span na Japan om ’n nuwe Elders-reeks te gaan verfilm oor die land waar die Rugbywęreldbeker 2019 sal plaasvind. Sushi en shosholoza is sy verslag van die reis. Kom stap weer saam met Erns, dié keer op die plek waar talle Suid-Afrikaners laat in 2019 die Bokke sal gaan ondersteun. Konnichiwa, Japan!

Wynie - My Bloed Is Blou (Afrikaans, Paperback): Wynie Strydom, Alita Steenkamp Wynie - My Bloed Is Blou (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Wynie Strydom, Alita Steenkamp 1
R220 R189 Discovery Miles 1 890 Save R31 (14%) In stock

Wynie Strydom was jare lank ’n onmiddellik herkenbare figuur op die kantlyn van elke Blou Bullewedstryd, plaaslik en in die buiteland.

As die Blou Bulle se spanbestuurder het hy oor 17 veelbewoë jare heen die hoogte- en laagtepunte en die suksesse en mislukkings van sy gunstelingspan beleef. In hierdie boek vat Wynie Strydom en sy medeskrywer, Alita Steenkamp, die leser op sy lewenspad wat maar altyd met rugby vervleg was.

Dit is onontbeerlik vir alle rugbyliefhebbers, ongeag watter span hulle ondersteun.

Eddie Jones - Rugby Maverick (Paperback, Main): Mike Colman Eddie Jones - Rugby Maverick (Paperback, Main)
Mike Colman 1
R242 R186 Discovery Miles 1 860 Save R56 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
Suiwer Goud (Afrikaans, Paperback): Errol Tobias Suiwer Goud (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Errol Tobias
R202 Discovery Miles 2 020 In stock

Errol Tobias se verkiesing tot Springbok was onmiddelik omstrede. In 1980 word hy ons eerste swart Springbok rugbyspeler – te midde van internasionale sport-isolasie en groeiende protes weens die regeringsbeleid. In Errol Tobias: Suiwer Goud vertel hy openhartig van sy sportloopbaan: vanaf kindsbeen tot met die groot oomblikke in die groen-en-goud, die vreugdes, die verlies, en die omstredenheid.

Die waarheid agter legendariese rugbywedstryde word onthul, soos die Suid-Amerikaanse toer waar Tobias ’n rekord gebreek het, en die rampspoedige Nieu-Seeland-toer waar protesaksie teen die Springbokspan oorweldigend geword het. Hy skryf oor sy hegte vriendskap met Springboklegende Rob Louw, en die onwrikbare ondersteuning van Danie ‘Dok’ Craven. Hier is ook Tobias se opinie oor vandag se kwotastelsels.

Baie ander mense het al hul opinie oor Errol Tobias en sy rol in Suid-Afrikaanse rugby gelewer. Hier is sý kant van die saak.

100 Great Scottish Rugby Moments (Paperback): Stewart Weir 100 Great Scottish Rugby Moments (Paperback)
Stewart Weir
R288 R224 Discovery Miles 2 240 Save R64 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
In Our Blood: Conversations with Players, Heroes and Fans on Wigan Warriors (Paperback): Tom McCooey In Our Blood: Conversations with Players, Heroes and Fans on Wigan Warriors (Paperback)
Tom McCooey
R348 R292 Discovery Miles 2 920 Save R56 (16%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
100 Great Irish Rugby Moments (Paperback): John Scally 100 Great Irish Rugby Moments (Paperback)
John Scally
R357 R277 Discovery Miles 2 770 Save R80 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
Robbie Deans - Red Black and Gold (Hardcover): Matt Mcilraith Robbie Deans - Red Black and Gold (Hardcover)
Matt Mcilraith
R489 R347 Discovery Miles 3 470 Save R142 (29%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The career of Robbie Deans is without parallel in the annals of New Zealand rugby. He was an All Black, the pin-up boy of the Canterbury team, and a rebel with the Cavaliers during a 12-year playing career. Even greater acclaim has followed as one of the best coaches of the modern era. After 17 years coaching professionally, Robbie still boasts a 70 percent success rate. He remains Super Rugby's most successful coach, six seasons after his departure from the Crusaders. His influence on the All Blacks when the current era of Bledisloe Cup supremacy began was such that Richie McCaw and Leon MacDonald both say he should have been in charge rather than John Mitchell's assistant. Then he was lost to New Zealand, appointed as Australia's first foreign-born coach after his homeland controversially turned its back on him. Yet Robbie remains a personality we don't really know. For the first time, he opens up on his career: from the triumphs of his formative years, through Canterbury's glory days in the early 1980s, and the experiences that shaped the man and the coach. With the same honesty he brings to his coaching, Robbie reveals the old-fashioned values that have underpinned the Crusaders dynasty. He offers an insight into his All Black association with Mitchell and the background in his failure to land the top job himself. He also breaks the silence on his removal from the Wallabies coaching job, examining in depth five turbulent years where the systemic and cultural challenges off the field were every bit as daunting and unrelenting as was confronting the best team on the planet. From the opening accounts, which are provided by All Black Dan Carter and Wallaby David Pocock, the story is told by those who know Robbie best. It is a fascinating story of a truly great era in rugby, with detailed and frank observations at almost every turn from the players, coaches, and administrators he was most closely associated with. They know the real Robbie.

The A Miscellany of Rugby's World Cup - Facts, History, Statistics and Trivia 1987-2019 (Paperback): John White The A Miscellany of Rugby's World Cup - Facts, History, Statistics and Trivia 1987-2019 (Paperback)
John White 1
R345 R280 Discovery Miles 2 800 Save R65 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

A Miscellany of Rugby's World Cup (Facts, History, Statistics and Trivia 1987-2019) will transport you directly into the thrilling history of the greatest event in global rugby union. Here's a treasure trove of insider facts, fantastic feats, firsts and lasts, records and stats - covering every nation and every star player to have made their mark in a tournament now watched by 120 million fans worldwide. John White leads you through all the highs and lows and unforgettable moments from Rugby World Cup's 1995 inception, ushering in the sport's professional era, right through to Japan 2019 and the competition's ninth edition. Relive the greatest games and the finest individual performances. Compile your own Rugby World Cup Fantasy XV. Recall the captains, the record try scorers, the youngest and oldest, the longest drop goals and the strangest conversions. And every time you discover an elusive nugget and say to yourself, 'I never knew that,' rest assured John will soon enlighten you with a follow-up to leave you even more amazed. To the victor go the spoils!

Final Word (Paperback): Graham Henry Final Word (Paperback)
Graham Henry 1
R236 R165 Discovery Miles 1 650 Save R71 (30%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Final Word is an honest and reflective look at the life and career of a truly remarkable and often controversial leader in world rugby. Final Word is an honest and reflective look at the life and career of a truly remarkable and often controversial leader. With the Rugby World Cup win in 2011, Graham Henry broke the 24-year curse and restored the NZ All Blacks to the top of the rugby pedestal. But while Graham began and ended his career on a high, along the way he experienced moments of despair, bordering on depression. At the lowest point in his career, he almost gave it all away. This book traces his lack-lustre academic career, surprising considering he rose to become a successful headmaster; his achievements as a cricketer, the origins of his rugby coaching; and his strong partnership with his wife, Raewyn. Graham reveals the drastic measures he took to change the culture within the All Blacks and set them on the path to becoming world champions. In his eight years as coach, the All Blacks maintained an incredible 85 per cent success rate across 106 matches and, of course, claimed the Webb Ellis Trophy at the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

Almost 101 Small Sided Games and Relays for Rugby (Paperback): Damian McGrath Almost 101 Small Sided Games and Relays for Rugby (Paperback)
Damian McGrath
R231 R201 Discovery Miles 2 010 Save R30 (13%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
The Reduced History of Rugby - The Oval-shaped Story of the Union Game Squeezed into 80 Minutes (Hardcover): Iain Spragg The Reduced History of Rugby - The Oval-shaped Story of the Union Game Squeezed into 80 Minutes (Hardcover)
Iain Spragg; Illustrated by Tony Husband 2
R211 R147 Discovery Miles 1 470 Save R64 (30%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

A lot of rucking and mauling has gone on since William Webb Ellis first picked up the ball and ran, but this doughty little book heroically manages to capture the true essence of the daddy of all oval ball games in just 80 minutes (plus 20 minutes of overtime). This is the story of rugby as never been told before: a jinking, weaving compilation of surreal match reports, spoof correspondence and quirky cartoons. From the playing fields of Edwardian England's public schools to the canopied splendour of Cardiff's Millennium Stadium, the game's towering achievements, hilarious happenings and ludicrous coincidences are entertainingly recalled.

Gamba're! - The Japanese Way of the Rugby Fan (Paperback): Angus Turvill, Etsuko Okahisa Gamba're! - The Japanese Way of the Rugby Fan (Paperback)
Angus Turvill, Etsuko Okahisa
R261 Discovery Miles 2 610 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Breathing Fire! (Hardcover, Limited edition): Team Wales Breathing Fire! (Hardcover, Limited edition)
Team Wales
R2,304 R1,625 Discovery Miles 16 250 Save R679 (29%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
Rugby Union For Dummies (Paperback, 3rd UK Edition): Nick Cain, Greg Growden Rugby Union For Dummies (Paperback, 3rd UK Edition)
Nick Cain, Greg Growden 1
R394 R283 Discovery Miles 2 830 Save R111 (28%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

If you get a big kick out of rugby but still feel you could sharpen up your knowledge of the game, this friendly guide is for you. Inside you'll find easy-to-understand advice on the basic rules and pitch positions, plus in-depth lessons on ball skills, fitness training, and techniques to outwit your opponents - all illustrated with entertaining stories from British and International rugby's back pages. This book covers the basic rules, pitch positions and tactics you'll need to fully muck in - safely - as well as a grounding in the local, national and international reaches of Rugby Union

"Rugby Union For Dummies 3rd Edition" Features an in-depth and up-to-date look at the Laws that form the beautiful game Covers all you will need to know about talking tactics and is perfect for anyone looking at swatting up on rugby before next year's World Cup Advises on all you will need to know to get stuck in and play Is written by an expert in the field who knows anything there is to know about rugbyContains a new chapter on sevens as the sport will be a demonstration sport at London 2012 and a full sport at Rio 2016

The Last Amateurs - The incredible story of Ulster's 1999 European champions (Paperback): Jonathan Bradley The Last Amateurs - The incredible story of Ulster's 1999 European champions (Paperback)
Jonathan Bradley
R232 R188 Discovery Miles 1 880 Save R44 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

In 1999 Ulster became the most unlikely European champions in rugby history. A squad that included builders, students and lorry drivers, mixed with a handful of players of international quality, overcame the odds and helped to unite a divided nation through the power of sport. 'The Last Amateurs' tells the story of how a team went, in just fourteen months, from a record-breaking 56-3 defeat to Wasps, to securing their place in Irish history as the first European champions from Ireland. Based on interviews with all the key members of the squad - including David Humphreys, Mark McCall, Simon Mason, Andy Ward and Jonny Bell - the book focuses on the players, their varied backgrounds and how the team came together. It also highlights the very different nature of the game, which has become increasingly monetised and sanitised in the years since. 'The Last Amateurs' is a celebration of the 1999 victory, and of a campaign that, in the end, managed to bring together the whole island of Ireland - Protestants and Catholics; rugby die-hards and GAA converts. United for eighty minutes, they created one of the most passionate and vibrant scenes the Heineken Cup competition had ever seen, as David Humphreys, alongside the injured Mark McCall, fought through the throng of jubilant pitch invaders to lift the trophy and crown Ulster kings of Europe.

The Random History of Rugby (Hardcover): Iain Spragg The Random History of Rugby (Hardcover)
Iain Spragg; Illustrated by Tony Husband
R188 R132 Discovery Miles 1 320 Save R56 (30%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

A lot of rucking and mauling has gone on since William Webb Ellis first picked up the ball and ran, but this doughty little book heroically manages to capture the true essence of the daddy of all oval ball games in just 80 minutes. This is the story of rugby as never been told before: a jinking, weaving compilation of surreal match reports, spoof correspondence and quirky cartoons. From the playing fields of Edwardian England's public schools to the canopied splendour of Cardiff's Millennium Stadium, the game's towering achievements, hilarious happenings and ludicrous coincidences are entertainingly recalled.

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