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Rugby League Yearbook 2019 - 2020 - A Comprehensive Account of the 2019 Season (Paperback): Tim Butcher, Daniel Spencer Rugby League Yearbook 2019 - 2020 - A Comprehensive Account of the 2019 Season (Paperback)
Tim Butcher, Daniel Spencer 1
R793 R663 Discovery Miles 6 630 Save R130 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
How to Win (Paperback): Clive Woodward How to Win (Paperback)
Clive Woodward 1
R313 R256 Discovery Miles 2 560 Save R57 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In his entertaining and informative new book, Sir Clive Woodward analyses the events of the 2019 Rugby World Cup, offering his unique perspective on the performance of players and coaches, from Owen Farrell and Kieran Read, to Eddie Jones and Steve Hansen. HOW TO WIN:Rugby and Leadership from Twickenham to Tokyo is much more than the story of a tournament, however. It is the distillation of a philosophy of leadership developed during a lifetime in high-performance environments, from the rugby field to the boardroom. Tapping into his experience of winning the 2003 World Cup, being a part of the leadership team that delivered Olympic Success in 2012 and lessons drawn from Japan 2019, the author delivers a go-to manual in how to improve both individual and team performance in order to reach the pinnacle in sport and in business. Every individual position in rugby requires a unique set of skills, knowledge and expertise that collectively form a balanced team; the same is true in any successful business or organisation. From 1 to 15, the former England and British and Irish Lions coach identifies the key attributes and uses these defining traits to explain his collaborative 'Teamship' leadership style. With a fascinating blend of analysis, insight and anecdote, and the highs and lows of a memorable Rugby World Cup as the setting, Clive reveals how to lead the culture of a winning team - in any context.

The Home of Footballers - A History of Runcorn Northern Union Club (Paperback): Michael Latham The Home of Footballers - A History of Runcorn Northern Union Club (Paperback)
Michael Latham
R568 Discovery Miles 5 680 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Runcorn was a hotbed of rugby in the late Victorian era, the town's club a proud founder member in 1895 of the Northern Union - the breakaway game that became known as Rugby League. Yet that great rugby tradition was ended by the First World War, with devastating effects for many Runcornians, including members of the rugby club, who served and lost their lives. Runcorn nurtured ten international rugby players in total, all but one born within a few hundred yards of the Irwell Lane ground. Respected sports writer and historian Michael Latham recreates those far-off days when the oval ball dominated and the town's heroes included Harry Speakman, a member of the first rugby tourists to Australia, Sam Houghton, Jimmy Butterworth, Jimmy Jolley and Dick Padbury, among just a few in a gallery of colourful characters, the rugby league superstars of their day. With a detailed biographical and records section to complement the deeply researched narrative, this is one of the most comprehensive histories ever written about the Northern Union and contains around three hundred photographs. Harry Price was once a promising Runcorn player, snapped up by Wigan in 1906, where he became a highly regarded and popular player and captain. The report announcing his signing in the Wigan newspaper had a simple, approving testimonial: "Price was born in Runcorn, the home of footballers." Hence the book's title.

Forty20 Annual 2019 (Paperback): Forty20 Magazine Forty20 Annual 2019 (Paperback)
Forty20 Magazine
R154 Discovery Miles 1 540 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
How to Win (Hardcover): Clive Woodward How to Win (Hardcover)
Clive Woodward 1
R573 R463 Discovery Miles 4 630 Save R110 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In his entertaining and informative new book, Sir Clive Woodward analyses the events of the 2019 Rugby World Cup, offering his unique perspective on the performance of players and coaches, from Owen Farrell and Kieran Read, to Eddie Jones and Steve Hansen. HOW TO WIN:Rugby and Leadership from Twickenham to Tokyo is much more than the story of a tournament, however. It is the distillation of a philosophy of leadership developed during a lifetime in high-performance environments, from the rugby field to the boardroom. Tapping into his experience of winning the 2003 World Cup, being a part of the leadership team that delivered Olympic Success in 2012 and lessons drawn from Japan 2019, the author delivers a go-to manual in how to improve both individual and team performance in order to reach the pinnacle in sport and in business. Every individual position in rugby requires a unique set of skills, knowledge and expertise that collectively form a balanced team; the same is true in any successful business or organisation. From 1 to 15, the former England and British and Irish Lions coach identifies the key attributes and uses these defining traits to explain his collaborative 'Teamship' leadership style. With a fascinating blend of analysis, insight and anecdote, and the highs and lows of a memorable Rugby World Cup as the setting, Clive reveals how to lead the culture of a winning team - in any context.

Rugby League Yearbook 2018 - 2019 - A Comprehensive Account of the 2018 Season (Paperback): Tim Butcher, Daniel Spencer Rugby League Yearbook 2018 - 2019 - A Comprehensive Account of the 2018 Season (Paperback)
Tim Butcher, Daniel Spencer 1
R590 R459 Discovery Miles 4 590 Save R131 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Rugby League Memories, Volume Two - Including Rugby League in the Thirties (Paperback): Harry Edgar Rugby League Memories, Volume Two - Including Rugby League in the Thirties (Paperback)
Harry Edgar
R372 R336 Discovery Miles 3 360 Save R36 (10%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Rampant Rugby League - A Guide to the Greatest Game (Paperback): David Walker Rampant Rugby League - A Guide to the Greatest Game (Paperback)
David Walker
R172 R134 Discovery Miles 1 340 Save R38 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Ordinary Joe (Hardcover): Joe Schmidt Ordinary Joe (Hardcover)
Joe Schmidt 1
R580 R456 Discovery Miles 4 560 Save R124 (21%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

'He's a great coach. He lives and breathes the game. There's nothing he doesn't know' Brian O'Driscoll 'The best coach Irish rugby - arguably Irish sport - has ever had' Malachy Clerkin, Irish Times In the autumn of 2010, a little-known New Zealander called Joe Schmidt took over as head coach at Leinster. He had never been in charge of a professional team. After Leinster lost three of their first four games, a prominent Irish rugby pundit speculated that Schmidt had 'lost the dressing room'. Nine years on, Joe Schmidt has stepped down as Ireland coach having achieved success on a scale never before seen in Irish rugby. Two Heineken Cups in three seasons with Leinster. Three Six Nations championships in six seasons with Ireland, including the Grand Slam in 2018. And a host of firsts: the first Irish victory in South Africa; the first Irish defeat of the All Blacks, and then a second; and Ireland's first number 1 world ranking. Along the way, Schmidt became a byword for precision and focus in coaching, remarkable attention to detail and the highest of standards. But who is Joe Schmidt? In Ordinary Joe, Schmidt tells the story of his life and influences: the experiences and management ideas that made him the coach, and the man, that he is today. And his diaries of the 2018 Grand Slam and the 2019 Rugby World Cup provide a brilliantly intimate insight into the stresses and joys of coaching a national team in victory and defeat. From the small towns in New Zealand's North Island where he played barefoot rugby and jostled around the dinner table with seven siblings, to the training grounds and video rooms where he consistently kept his teams a step ahead of the opposition, Ordinary Joe reveals an ordinary man who has helped his teams to achieve extraordinary things. 'Rugby obsessives and amateur coaches will revel in the insight that Schmidt offers into his training methods, tactics and preparation ... Full of insight, emotion and considered analysis' Irish Daily Mail 'An insight into the fascinating personality of the man who has been the single most influential figure in Irish rugby over the last decade' Irish Times 'He is clearly more than an ordinary coach, the winning of two Heinekens, beating New Zealand twice, the 2018 Grand Slam and reaching no.1 in the World Rankings are positive brushstrokes, marking Irish rugby for ever ... A rocky read about exceptional deeds, told in extraordinary fashion' Irish Daily Star 'Undoubtedly the greatest coach in Irish rugby history' Daily Telegraph

A History of State of Origin (Paperback): Will Evans A History of State of Origin (Paperback)
Will Evans
R910 R633 Discovery Miles 6 330 Save R277 (30%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
The Struggle and the Daring - The remaking of French rugby league (Paperback): Mike Rylance The Struggle and the Daring - The remaking of French rugby league (Paperback)
Mike Rylance
R446 Discovery Miles 4 460 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Catalan Dragons' stunning 2018 Wembley Challenge Cup victory came against a backdrop of well over half a century of both triumph and turbulence in French rugby league. Re-emerging from the iniquitous ban under the Vichy government, le rugby a treize was rebuilt from scratch after World War II - so successfully that the Tricolores were recognized as unofficial world champions after their dazzling, ground-breaking tour of Australia, and were at the forefront of international innovation, including the World Cup. Together with the acclaimed 'The Forbidden Game', which explored the story of the Vichy ban, 'The Struggle and the Daring' makes up the first-ever complete history of French rugby league. Based on extensive research and interviews, the book highlights the many great players France has produced and analyses key events as the game emerged from the chaos of post-Liberation France, continued to grapple with the threat posed by rugby union and, after a long decline, returned to the mainstream of professional rugby league.

How to Win (Paperback): Clive Woodward How to Win (Paperback)
Clive Woodward 1
R355 R284 Discovery Miles 2 840 Save R71 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

In his entertaining and informative new book, Sir Clive Woodward analyses the events of the 2019 Rugby World Cup, offering his unique perspective on the performance of players and coaches, from Owen Farrell and Kieran Read, to Eddie Jones and Steve Hansen. HOW TO WIN:Rugby and Leadership from Twickenham to Tokyo is much more than the story of a tournament, however. It is the distillation of a philosophy of leadership developed during a lifetime in high-performance environments, from the rugby field to the boardroom. Tapping into his experience of winning the 2003 World Cup, being a part of the leadership team that delivered Olympic Success in 2012 and lessons drawn from Japan 2019, the author delivers a go-to manual in how to improve both individual and team performance in order to reach the pinnacle in sport and in business. Every individual position in rugby requires a unique set of skills, knowledge and expertise that collectively form a balanced team; the same is true in any successful business or organisation. From 1 to 15, the former England and British and Irish Lions coach identifies the key attributes and uses these defining traits to explain his collaborative 'Teamship' leadership style. With a fascinating blend of analysis, insight and anecdote, and the highs and lows of a memorable Rugby World Cup as the setting, Clive reveals how to lead the culture of a winning team - in any context.

Behind The Lions - Playing Rugby for the British & Irish Lions (Paperback): Stephen Jones, Nick Cain, Tom English, David Barnes Behind The Lions - Playing Rugby for the British & Irish Lions (Paperback)
Stephen Jones, Nick Cain, Tom English, David Barnes; As told to Peter Burns, … 1
R472 R370 Discovery Miles 3 700 Save R102 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

For 125 years the British & Irish Lions have stood out as a unique emblem in world sport. They represent the best of the best from the four Home Nations, coming together every four years under a united badge to take on the rugby greats of the Southern Hemisphere. Lions tours embody a revered legacy that is steeped in tradition yet maintains a vibrant standing in the modern era. The Lions badge is a symbol of the ethics, values and the romance at the heart of Test match rugby. Every four years the rugby world's focus is drawn to a great red pilgrimage as the Lions embark on a brutal and exhilarating tour that challenges the very limits of their rugby ability and the strengths of their characters. They travel to the far reaches of the earth to confront the great powers in the world game - and the weight of history itself. Behind the Lions sees four esteemed rugby writers from each of the Home Nations delve to the heart of what it means to be a Lion, interviewing a vast array of former tourists to uncover the passion, pride and exhilaration experienced when wearing the famous red jersey. It is a tale of heart-break and ecstasy, humour and poignancy that is at once inspirational, moving and utterly compelling. This is the story of the British & Irish Lions - in their own words.

The Invincibles - The Inside Story of the 1982 Kangaroos, the Team That Changed Rugby Forever (Paperback): Mark Flanagan The Invincibles - The Inside Story of the 1982 Kangaroos, the Team That Changed Rugby Forever (Paperback)
Mark Flanagan
R571 R444 Discovery Miles 4 440 Save R127 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In the autumn of 1982 a youthful Australian rugby league squad embarked on a 22-leg tour of the UK and France, with the highlight of three Test matches against Great Britain. Four years earlier the Kangaroos had won a close-fought series 2-1, and another titanic struggle was expected. But this new generation of Aussies proved extraordinarily brilliant. The likes of Mal Meninga, Brett Kenny, Eric Grothe, Wayne Pearce, Peter Sterling and Wally Lewis played an exhilarating brand of high-risk, free-flowing rugby which dazzled British fans. The tourists made history by winning every game, marking the start of a golden era for Test rugby league - and many of the Australian stars went on to enjoy successful stints playing club rugby in England, famously Meninga (St Helens), Sterling (Hull) and Kenny (Wigan). As a rugby league side the Aussies had everything, and became known as the Invincibles. This is their story, told by those who faced the challenge of tackling one of world sport's greatest ever teams.

The Book of NRL Lists (Paperback): Will Evans, Nick Tedeschi The Book of NRL Lists (Paperback)
Will Evans, Nick Tedeschi
R883 R607 Discovery Miles 6 070 Save R276 (31%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Glory in the Centre Spot - The Eric Ashton Story (Paperback): Eric Ashton, Ray French Glory in the Centre Spot - The Eric Ashton Story (Paperback)
Eric Ashton, Ray French
R280 Discovery Miles 2 800 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Eric Ashton was the epitome of a rugby league hero. Here, in the third in a series of republished 'Rugby League classics', his story is retold, accompanied this time by a new introduction from BBC commentator Ray French.

Last One Out - When Hull Invaded Wembley (Paperback): Vince Groak Last One Out - When Hull Invaded Wembley (Paperback)
Vince Groak
R382 Discovery Miles 3 820 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Hull in 1980. The fishing industry is in terminal decline, the Humber Bridge still unfinished. A depraved killer is on the loose and Hull City FC look doomed to another relegation. But, on a long Bank Holiday weekend in May, all thoughts turn to Wembley...and the chance for ultimate bragging rights. Against a backdrop of a dramatically changing city, Last One Out...traces the story of how Hull's two rugby league teams emerged from mid-seventies gloom to take their place at the very top of the game - exerting a dominance over the sport that others would follow. Featuring first-hand interviews with players, officials and supporters, this is the definitive history of the ultimate rugby league derby; the early rounds and the draw that kept them apart,the clamour for tickets, the divided families and that famous sign on the road heading south. It tells of Roger's joy, Sammy's despair and the story behind 'that try'. Later, there was the pride and emotion of the homecoming. Later still, the game enteredhistory, spelling joy for one side, despair for the other and encapsulated in a song the losers were taunted with until another dramatic Wembley victory more than three decades on. More than just a derby, more than just a cup final, this is the story of an exodus: the day Hull invaded Wembley. Perfectly timed for the city being UK capital of culture in 2017.

Simply the Best - The Inside Story of How Wigan Became Rugby League's Greatest Cup Team and Won Eight in a Row... Simply the Best - The Inside Story of How Wigan Became Rugby League's Greatest Cup Team and Won Eight in a Row (Paperback)
Frank Malley
R367 R291 Discovery Miles 2 910 Save R76 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Simply The Best is the fascinating inside story of eight heady seasons when Wigan RLFC were undisputed kings of rugby league, going 43 consecutive Challenge Cup matches undefeated and winning a record eight Challenge Cup trophies in a row at Wembley. The secrets behind the signings of Martin Offiah, Frano Botica and Joe Lydon. The enigma that is Ellery Hanley. The emergence of rugby phenomenon Jason Robinson. The wit of master playmaker Andy Gregory. All are revealed, along with the fun, the egos, the fall-outs, the spectacular tries, the drinking, the sacking of head coach John Dorahy, the magic of John Monie and the local legend who is Shaun Edwards: the only man to play in all 43 of those cup games and whose feisty spirit personified a team of charisma and panache. Edwards lifted the first and last of those trophies as captain before the greatest rugby league cup run in history was derailed by a swirl of complacency and revenge. At its heart, Simply The Best is a story of hard men and extraordinary achievement.

The Greatest Sacrifice - Fallen Heroes of the Northern Union (Paperback): Jane Roberts, Chris Roberts The Greatest Sacrifice - Fallen Heroes of the Northern Union (Paperback)
Jane Roberts, Chris Roberts
R418 Discovery Miles 4 180 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

They were among the sporting elite of 1914 - the stars of the Northern Union - idolised by thousands of enthusiastic men, women and children up and down the land. Yet despite their heroic status in what was soon to become known as rugby league, these warriors of the playing field were willing to sacrifice their careers - and then lives - on the World War One killing fields, for King and Country. Other sports have honoured their Great War fallen over these past 100 years, producing Rolls of Honour to ensure that their ultimate bravery is never forgotten; not so rugby league - until now. The Greatest Sacrifice - Fallen Heroes of the Northern Union - rights that wrong. It tells the story of talented sportsmen who, when war was declared on 4 August 1914, duly departed for France, Belgium and beyond, never again to see the rugby league towns and grounds they once so famously graced. Among those who fell were three members of Great Britain's 1914 summer tour to Australia and New Zealand. A number of other former internationals died too, as did many more who had earned top domestic honours with their clubs. Some of the youngest players were just embarking on professional careers and therefore never able to fulfil their potential. Each player featured has a different tale to tell - from childhood to rugby stardom to enlistment into the British Army and, finally, the greatest sacrifice of all.

The Streak - Queensland's Eight Year Domination of Origin (Hardcover, Hardback): Nate Saunders The Streak - Queensland's Eight Year Domination of Origin (Hardcover, Hardback)
Nate Saunders
R678 R484 Discovery Miles 4 840 Save R194 (29%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Fans of National Rugby League across the nation watched in fascination as Queensland, with it's mix of top players from across NRL, overran NSW for 8 long years of the Origin series-an achievement that will probably never be repeated. Game by game The Streak breaks down the reasons why Queensland dominated for so long. Paul Connolly examines Mal Meninga's coaching contribution and how NSW failed to outgun him. It looks at the line up of top players, that included the cream of rugby league: Billy Slater, Cooper Crank, Greg Inglis, Jonathan Thurston, Steve Price, Steve Thaiday, Israel Falou and all the others. It also picks over the controversies and turning points that made the series so memorable. Queensland dominated for nearly a decade and NSW came agonisingly close many times. But the crown stayed with the Maroons for 8 long years. An in-depth, vividly illustrated exploration of the How and Why behind Queensland's winning streak, The Streak will delight fans of NRL Australia-wide.

Redhead with Fire in His Boots - My Life in Rugby (Paperback): Peter Harvey Redhead with Fire in His Boots - My Life in Rugby (Paperback)
Peter Harvey
R432 R344 Discovery Miles 3 440 Save R88 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Wartime and the scholarship to Grammar Schools allowed access to Rugby Union, an amateur game played by gentlemen in Rugby Clubs like Liverpool and Blackheath. Since the schism with Rugby League in 1895 the antipathy between the two codes was stark. Peter Harvey's story opened the door for hundreds of boys from Lancashire to play for England Schools. However, the suggestion that he might go to Rugby League was enough to prevent selection for England. The story of how this happened, and his subsequent success as a semi-professional rugby player, reaches its climax in Championships and Challenge Cups with the great St Helens RL side of the 1960s. Running parallel to this story is the training necessary to become a teacher and head teacher, and those people who helped me on that journey. The final chapters tell of rugby stars of the 1960s who he played with or against and the subsequent joys and fellowships of past players associations. It is a unique view of social history from coalmine to classroom, 1940 to present.

No Sand Dunes in Featherstone - Memories of West Yorkshire Rugby League (Paperback, First): Robert Light No Sand Dunes in Featherstone - Memories of West Yorkshire Rugby League (Paperback, First)
Robert Light
R360 Discovery Miles 3 600 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Jamie Peacock: No White Flag (Paperback, UK ed.): Jamie Peacock, Phil Caplan Jamie Peacock: No White Flag (Paperback, UK ed.)
Jamie Peacock, Phil Caplan 1
R288 R232 Discovery Miles 2 320 Save R56 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Jamie Peacock is the ultimate modern forward in rugby league. Taking the hard hits, making the toughest yards and leading by example in the Super League and international arenas, `JP' has come through adversity, on and off the pitch, to become one of the most respected players of his generation. His strength, determination and unfailing will to win have seen him claim the `Man of Steel' and `International Forward of the Year' awards, along with a host of other individual honours, while picking up Super League titles and Challenge Cups with Bradford and Leeds. His autobiography No White Flag is a revelatory and inspirational account of a life in professional sport, from starting out as a skinny youth and being told he wouldn't make the grade to dark days in hospital waiting rooms with his career hanging by a thread - culminating in the euphoria of winning the Grand Final with hometown club Leeds Rhinos and leading Great Britain to a historic series whitewash over New Zealand in the autumn of 2007. Forthright and to the point, Jamie pulls no punches in describing rugby league as he sees it. Replete with opinions and anecdotes, this book is essential reading for anyone with an interest in what it takes to become one of sport's true gladiators.

Castleford Rugby League Football Club - A Ninety Years Statistical & Pictorial Record - 1926-2016 (Paperback): Ian & Roy ... Castleford Rugby League Football Club - A Ninety Years Statistical & Pictorial Record - 1926-2016 (Paperback)
Ian & Roy Garbett
R570 R540 Discovery Miles 5 400 Save R30 (5%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Tries & Prayers - A Rugby League Journey (Paperback): Bill Ashurst, Steve Manning Tries & Prayers - A Rugby League Journey (Paperback)
Bill Ashurst, Steve Manning
R418 Discovery Miles 4 180 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
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