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Books > Sport & Leisure > Sports & outdoor recreation > Ball games > Rugby football > Rugby League

St.Helens RLFC (Paperback): Alex Service St.Helens RLFC (Paperback)
Alex Service
R336 R273 Discovery Miles 2 730 Save R63 (19%) Out of stock
Halifax Rugby League: the First 100 Years (Paperback): Andrew Hardcastle Halifax Rugby League: the First 100 Years (Paperback)
Andrew Hardcastle
R380 R314 Discovery Miles 3 140 Save R66 (17%) Out of stock
Hull Rugby League Football Club: 50 of Their Finest Matches (Paperback): Raymond Fletcher Hull Rugby League Football Club: 50 of Their Finest Matches (Paperback)
Raymond Fletcher
R360 R292 Discovery Miles 2 920 Save R68 (19%) Out of stock

This book is part of the Classic Matches series, in which long-term followers of various sporting clubs and teams look back on some of their finest moments. This book looks at fifty of Hull Rugby League Football Club's best matches.

Return of the Vikings - from Administration to Rugby League's Top Tier.  Widnes Rugby League Club (Paperback): Mike Healing Return of the Vikings - from Administration to Rugby League's Top Tier. Widnes Rugby League Club (Paperback)
Mike Healing
R372 Discovery Miles 3 720 Out of stock

This is the story of Widnes RLFC one of rugby's most famous clubs and how it survived administration and returned to Super League. Backed by the club and written by the official club statistician this will appeal to fans of the club and the wider rugby world. The club will use their website and other social media to generate interest in the book. The author contributes to the match day programme and is a committee member of the supporters club. He also has contacts at the local media - both print and radio. Having sunk into Administration in 2007 former World Club Champions Widnes Vikings, under the stewardship of new owner Steve O'Connor, rose phoenix-like to eventually re-gain their place in the top tier of the sport in 2012. Along the way they suffered rejection by the Rugby Football League in the sport's inaugural Licensing process in 2008, only to be successful three years later. Mike Healing's informative account of how the club turned that failure into success takes an in-depth look at the many changes taking place within the club as it was re-structured for success in addition to the new Licensing process. While the main focus is on the behind-the-scenes developments, the highs and lows of the on-field action, including the return to Super League in 2012, also receive detailed attention.

Huddersfield Rugby League Football Club - 100 Greats (Paperback, Illustrated Ed): David Gronow Huddersfield Rugby League Football Club - 100 Greats (Paperback, Illustrated Ed)
David Gronow
R366 R298 Discovery Miles 2 980 Save R68 (19%) Out of stock

It was in Huddersfield that the leading clubs of Yorkshire and Lancashire met to decide the formation of the Northern Rugby Football Union in 1895. Since then, Huddersfield RLFC have enjoyed much success, including winning all four cups available in the 1914/15 season with the side that came to be known as the 'Team of All Talents'. More recently the club has seen promotion to the Super League and in the last couple of years have added several top players to their ranks. This book focuses on the 100 greatest players from the club's history, with biographies, statistics and many rare illustrations.

Hunslet Rugby League Football Club (Classic Matches) - Fifty of the Finest Matches (Paperback): Les Hoole Hunslet Rugby League Football Club (Classic Matches) - Fifty of the Finest Matches (Paperback)
Les Hoole
R286 R235 Discovery Miles 2 350 Save R51 (18%) Out of stock

This book is part of the Images of Sport series, which uses old photographs and archived images to show the history of various local sports in Great Britain.

Bradford Rugby League (Paperback): Robert Gate Bradford Rugby League (Paperback)
Robert Gate
R324 R268 Discovery Miles 2 680 Save R56 (17%) Out of stock

This book is part of the Images of Sport series, which uses old photographs and archived images to show the history of various local sports in Great Britain.

Rugby League Lions: An Illustrated History of the Great Britain Rugby League Team (Paperback): Les Hoole Rugby League Lions: An Illustrated History of the Great Britain Rugby League Team (Paperback)
Les Hoole
R413 Discovery Miles 4 130 Out of stock
Proud - My Autobiography (Paperback): Gareth Thomas Proud - My Autobiography (Paperback)
Gareth Thomas
R610 R486 Discovery Miles 4 860 Save R124 (20%) Out of stock

**Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2014** Gareth Thomas had it all. He was a national hero, a sporting icon. He was a leader of men, captain of Wales and the British Lions. To him, rugby was an expression of cultural identity, a sacred code. It was no mere ball game. It gave him everything, except the freedom to be himself. This is the story of a man with a secret that was slowly killing him. Something that might devastate not only his own life but the lives of his wife, family, friends and teammates. The only place where he could find any refuge from the pain and guilt of the lie he was living was on the pitch, playing the sport he loved. But all his success didn't make the strain of hiding who he really was go away. His fear that telling the truth about his sexuality would lose him everything he loved almost sent him over the edge. The deceit ended when Gareth became the world's most prominent athlete to come out as a gay man. His gesture has strengthened strangers, and given him a fresh perspective. Gareth's inspiring and moving story transcends the world of sport to tell a universal truth about feeling like an outsider, and facing up to who you really are.

Talent Is Not Enough (Paperback): John Walsh Talent Is Not Enough (Paperback)
John Walsh
R673 R607 Discovery Miles 6 070 Save R66 (10%) Out of stock

Danny Buderus is a record maker in the toughest rugby league competition in the world. The New South Wales captain in every match from 2004-2008, Buderus holds the record for most successive appearances of any NSW State of Origin player as well as most as captain. Added to that he was unchallenged as Australia's Test hooker from 2001-06 when he controversially decided to stand down to witness the birth of his wife Kris' first baby.

20 Legends - Hull Kingston Rovers (Hardcover): David Bond 20 Legends - Hull Kingston Rovers (Hardcover)
David Bond
R443 R367 Discovery Miles 3 670 Save R76 (17%) Out of stock

The book tells the story of East Yorkshire rugby-league club Hull Kingston Rovers through the eyes of 20 of the greatest heroes in their history. The legends - stars such as Jack Spamer, Cyril Kellett, Roger Millward and George Fairbairn - are featured in chronological order and date from the early 20th century to the early 21st century. It includes interviews with 18 of the legends or their families and close friends and they relate their first-hand experiences of most of the successful phases in the club's history. The 20 stories also feature involvements in representative and international rugby league and other intriguing sub-plots because of the chosen legends' links with Hull's maritime industry, East Yorkshire's fruit trade, other sports - particularly rugby union and boxing - and the music industry.

Best in the Northern Union - The Pioneering 1910 Rugby League Lions Tour of Australia and New Zealand (Paperback): Tom Mather Best in the Northern Union - The Pioneering 1910 Rugby League Lions Tour of Australia and New Zealand (Paperback)
Tom Mather
R375 Discovery Miles 3 750 Out of stock
Sermons from the Mount (Paperback): John Roe Sermons from the Mount (Paperback)
John Roe
R409 Discovery Miles 4 090 Out of stock
Hock - The Real Me (Paperback): Gareth Hock Hock - The Real Me (Paperback)
Gareth Hock; Foreword by Adrian Morley; As told to Neil Barker
R293 Discovery Miles 2 930 Out of stock

"My temper and hot-headedness has always let me down. Like most people, I have done a lot of things that I regret..." - Gareth Hock Gareth Hock is the bad boy of rugby league. A player who in his early years with hometown Wigan seemed to have the world at his feet was instead derailed by a drugs ban, skirmishes with officials and other headline-grabbing controversies.It has been said that Hock had the potential to be one of the best players in the world.He had everything and more in his locker and should have been up there brushing shoulders with the game's all-time greats.Some of the biggest personalities in Wigan club history watched and were appreciative of the emergence of a lion-hearted local hero who combined God-given sublime skill with raw-boned aggression.Add to that a powerhouse determination and burning desire to emulate his hero Andy Farrell and it was so nearly the perfect combination. Yet it never quite turned out that way.Throughout a rollercoaster career, Hock has very often self-destructed and been easily led. There have been times when he has been his own worst enemy.He has let himself down, on and off the field.Yet he has also been a handful for everyone from the local police to the star-studded Australian national team. And he is still a hard man on a mission, man enough to admit to his failings and seek to put them right.Hock's is a remarkable rags to riches story - a tale of a complex character dogged by the pitfalls and perils that line life's highway.It is also glowing testimony to the character and staying power of the man at its heart.Gareth Hock has had to climb from the canvas on many occasions. He has survived a few standing counts but is still doing what he does best and that's playing rugby league.But here, for the very first time, is evidence that there is more to this private family man than that.Hock: The Real Me is a book that packs a real punch!

Coming Clean - The Terry Newton Story (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Terry Newton, Phil Wilkinson Coming Clean - The Terry Newton Story (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Terry Newton, Phil Wilkinson
R300 R250 Discovery Miles 2 500 Save R50 (17%) Out of stock

The late Terry Newton sparked controversy from his earliest days in rugby league. Initially signing at 14 for Warrington, he also signed for Leeds on his 16th birthday, missing the entire Centenary season until Leeds won the resulting tribunal. A phenomenal hooker for Leeds, Terry went on to star for Wigan, Great Britain, Bradford and finally Wakefield. Coming Clean is the startlingly frank yet honest story of the highs and lows of Terry's career and life, from his tough upbringing in Worsley Mesnes, through rugby league success to the recent tragic death of his sister and his own career-ending drugs ban. Now notorious as the first ever sports person to test positive for taking the banned drug Human Growth Hormone, Terry explains what drove a star player to end a glittering career in such a cloud of controversy. Love or hate the bad boy of rugby league, his story will make you laugh, cry and feel despair in equal measures. This new edition includes a tribute from Terry's father Tony Newton.

Rugby League in the Sixties, Volume 1 (Paperback): Harry Edgar Rugby League in the Sixties, Volume 1 (Paperback)
Harry Edgar
R369 Discovery Miles 3 690 Out of stock
Mr Rugby Leigh - The Tommy Sale Story (Paperback): Tommy(Sale), Andy Hampson Mr Rugby Leigh - The Tommy Sale Story (Paperback)
Tommy(Sale), Andy Hampson
R409 Discovery Miles 4 090 Out of stock
Rugby's Great Split - Class, Culture and the Origins of Rugby League Football (Paperback, 2nd New edition): Tony Collins Rugby's Great Split - Class, Culture and the Origins of Rugby League Football (Paperback, 2nd New edition)
Tony Collins
R1,403 Discovery Miles 14 030 Out of stock

Since it's first publication, Rugby's Great Split has established itself as a classic in the field of sport history. Drawing on an unprecedented range of sources, this deeply researched and highly readable book traces the social, cultural and economic divisions that led, in 1895, to schism in the game of rugby and the creation of rugby league, the sport of England's northern working class. Tony Collins' analysis challenges many of the conventional assumptions about this key event in rugby history - about class conflict, amateurism in sport, the North-South divide, violence on the pitch, the development of mass spectator sport and the rise of football. This new edition is expanded to cover parallel events in Australia and New Zealand, and to address the key question of rugby league's failure to establish itself in Wales. Rugby's Great Split is a benchmark text in the history of rugby, and an absorbing case study of wider issues - issues of class, gender, regional and national identity, and the impact of the commercialization and recent professionalization of rugby league. This insightful text is for anyone interested in Britain's social history or in the emergence of modern sport, it is vital reading.

The Leeds Rhinos Miscellany (Hardcover): Phil Caplan The Leeds Rhinos Miscellany (Hardcover)
Phil Caplan
R283 R231 Discovery Miles 2 310 Save R52 (18%) Out of stock

The Leeds Rhinos Miscellany - a book like no other, packed with facts, stats, trivia, stories and legends. If you want to know the record crowd for a home game, the record appearance holder or longest-serving player, look no further; this is the book you've been waiting for. From record try-scorers to record defeats - it's all here. Full of humour, quotes, anecdotes and more.

The St Helens Saints Miscellany (Hardcover): Darren Phillips The St Helens Saints Miscellany (Hardcover)
Darren Phillips
R284 R232 Discovery Miles 2 320 Save R52 (18%) Out of stock

The St Helens Miscellany is the definitive set text for every fan of the world famous Saints. Packed with facts, fun, gossip, nostalgia and conjecture, it looks back the club's glorious history to celebrate the personalities, victories and controversies of one of the sport's biggest names. Handily pocket-sized to pull out in the middle of those pub arguments over who was the fastest, dirtiest or biggest, this book will not only tell you who scored the most tries, kicked the most goals or won the most trophies, but also well-known events are covered as are some priceless trivia gems - who can claim to have known the club was played its first game against a hospital team, or that the club's original colours were blue and white stripes or even that Knowsley Road has hosted football and been used as a film set? Find out all this and more in The St Helens Miscellany.

Their Finest Hour - A History of the Rugby League World Cup in 10 Matches (Paperback): Andrew Marmont Their Finest Hour - A History of the Rugby League World Cup in 10 Matches (Paperback)
Andrew Marmont
R456 R424 Discovery Miles 4 240 Save R32 (7%) Out of stock
Billy Slater Autobiography (Hardcover, Updated Ed.): Billy Slater Billy Slater Autobiography (Hardcover, Updated Ed.)
Billy Slater
R1,000 R772 Discovery Miles 7 720 Save R228 (23%) Out of stock
Billy Slater Autobiography (Paperback, Updated ed.): Billy Slater Billy Slater Autobiography (Paperback, Updated ed.)
Billy Slater
R706 R558 Discovery Miles 5 580 Save R148 (21%) Out of stock
Rugby in Munster - A Social and Cultural History (Hardcover): Liam O'Callaghan Rugby in Munster - A Social and Cultural History (Hardcover)
Liam O'Callaghan
R970 R831 Discovery Miles 8 310 Save R139 (14%) Out of stock

This study is the first book-length academic treatment of rugby football in Ireland. Covering the period from the game's origins in Ireland in the 1870s through to the onset of professional rugby in the twenty-first century, this book seeks to examine Munster rugby within the context of broader social, cultural and political trends in Irish society. As well as providing a thorough chronological survey of the game's development, key themes such as violence, masculinity, class and politics are subject to more detailed treatment. Since the turn of the twenty-first century rugby football in Munster has seen extraordinary growth in terms of popularity and cultural significance. The Munster rugby team in particular has become a hugely important provincial institution through which regional identity has been expressed on the international stage. This book will detail and analyse the game's evolution in Munster from its origins in the 1870s through to the dawn of the professional era in the 2000s. Focusing mainly on the game's two centres of popularity in Limerick and Cork cities, this book will display how contrary to popular myth, rugby football rarely expressed any kind of unitary, coherent identity throughout the province. The game was centred on clubs and was highly adaptable to local conditions throughout its history. In addition, the often fractious internal politics of the game within the province, reflecting the game's contrasting social development in Limerick and Cork, will also be discussed. Drawing on the unpublished records of the game's provincial and national administrative bodies and a comprehensive survey of the provincial press, this book will show how one sport served multifarious roles in terms of class, culture and politics in Munster.

New Zealand Rugby: Stats, Trivia & Quotes (Paperback): Kate Lorimer New Zealand Rugby: Stats, Trivia & Quotes (Paperback)
Kate Lorimer
R284 R232 Discovery Miles 2 320 Save R52 (18%) Out of stock

The All Blacks are one of the most recognisable and formidable teams on the world sporting stage. They are the record setters, the keepers of tradition, and the icons of the game of Rugby Union. They have been the benchmark for skill and execution ever since the oval shaped ball first arrived on New Zealand's shores, and are a team the rest of the world aspire to beat. Take a look back at their achievements across the past 30 years, recollect those memorable moments and marvel at the exploits of some of the legendary performances witnessed during period. From the inaugural Rugby World Cup in 1987, when it was still an amateur game, through to their record-breaking exploits in 2016 at the height of their sporting professionalism, the All Blacks have enjoyed one of the greatest levels of consistency ever seen on the global sporting landscape.

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