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The phenomenal International Number One Bestseller With exclusive interviews with Richie McCaw, Steve Hansen, Beauden Barrett and Dan Carter, The Jersey is the first definitive story behind the greatest sports team on the planet. 'Extremely well written. Compelling, accurate, insightful and brilliant in the way it captures the New Zealand way. - John Hart, former All Blacks coach. With a better winning record than any other sports team in history, they stand head and shoulders above their nearest rugby rivals, and go to the 2019 World Cup as back-to-back World Champions. How did a country of just 4.8 million people conquer the world? Peter Bills, who has reported on international rugby for more than 40 years, was given exclusive access to all the key figures in New Zealand rugby as he set out to understand the secrets behind the All Blacks success. From Steve Hansen to Beauden Barrett, Richie McCaw to the late Sir Colin Meads, Peter Bills talked at length with over 90 people, both in New Zealand and around the world, with intimate knowledge of what makes the All Blacks tick. This is a story of the first settlers, and the 'Originals' who forged the All Blacks legacy, right through to modern times. It draws heavily on the contributions made by all New Zealanders: players, coaches, officials, supporters and those who have worn the most recognized jersey in the world. Intrinsically, The Jersey goes to the heart of the All Blacks success. It is also an epic story of not just a rugby team but a nation, whose identities are inextricably linked. Additionally, it debates a question, terrifying for any of their opponents. Could the All Blacks get even better?
British & Irish Lions On This Day revisits the most magical and memorable moments from the Lions' distinguished history, mixing in a maelstrom of anecdotes and characters to produce an irresistibly dippable diary - with an entry for every day of the year. From tours, Tests and provincial matches to the exploits of the Lions players in the wider world of rugby and beyond, the names of the players that have represented the Lions reads like a Who's Who of British and Irish rugby union and despite the advent of professionalism and the World Cup many home players regard Lions selection as the highest accolade available to them. Cliff Morgan, John Dawes, Willie John McBride, Bill Beaumont, Finlay Calder and Martin Johnson are just some of the famous names that have led the Lions on tour. Meanwhile tries and goals have been provided by Vivian Jenkins, Ernest Hammett, Barry John, Gareth Edwards, Ollie Campbell, Alan Irvine and many, many more.
""Nobody ever beats Wales at rugby. They just score more points."
--Graham Mourie, former New Zealand captain"
The Rugby World Cup has only been in existence since 1987, yet already it is established as the sport's premier competition - six weeks of frenzied action which entrances all the rugby-playing nations. The tournament has thrown up countless memorable matches, introduced us to amazing players and witnessed some incredible scores - from Michael Jones scoring the first World Cup try to the legendary All Blacks regaining the trophy in a titanic struggle with France 24 years later. In between we have witnessed two triumphs each for Australia and South Africa, and of course England's sole victory for a Northern Hemisphere side. To date. Relive France's spectacular wins over Australia and New Zealand; Argentina's repeated upsetting of the world order; last-minute drop goals by Joel Stransky and Jonny Wilkinson, and the sheer exuberance of the Pacific Islanders - in a Rugby World Cup history which will appeal to fans of every nation.
This is rustic fare for everyday Kiwis that's fit to feed a rugby team! Daisy and Amber should know, as partners of All Blacks Israel Dagg and Victor Vito they have a wealth of experience creating mouthwatering meals that are not only delicious but healthy enough for an athlete. In The Rugby Pantry they share not only recipes and cooking tips but also personal anecdotes and private tidbits -- the same combination that has made them a Facebook sensation. From hearty winter fare such as Red Wine & Garlic Lamb Shanks with Herbed Mash & Cabbage or Sage and Milk Poached Crispy Pork Belly with Home-Made Spiced Apple Sauce, to light, quick and healthy such as Skinny Man's Butter Chicken or Crispy Skin Salmon with Ginger Kumara Mash; from delicious desserts such as Tamarillo Tart or Apple & Feijoa Crumble to the slightly unusual (Rice Bubble Prawns or Kiwi Pineapple Lump Slice), The Rugby Pantry has the right recipes for your family, whether you be sportspeople or just Kiwis who love a good hearty meal.
Bumper Rugby World Cup edition of the acclaimed IRB World Rugby Yearbook, the ever-popular and utterly comprehensive review of the rugby year. On sale barely a month after the trophy has been lifted at the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, the IRB World Rugby Yearbook will include a comprehensive review of the tournament including analysis and comment from leading players and the game's best rugby writers. On top of that will be a complete round-up of world rugby in 2011, including complete statistical records for every World Cup nation, all-time rugby records and reviews of each of the major competitions in the oval ball game. The IRB World Rugby Yearbook is quite simply the most comprehensive rugby yearbook on the planet.
This is the first detailed and original historical study of rugby union at a local level in Wales. The book draws upon previously unused sources to provide fresh insights into the origins and early years of the game in Wales. 'This Rugby Spellbound People' explores the origins of rugby in Cardiff, from being a fringe activity of the middle class to being a mass-participation sport by the turn of the 20th Century. It examines the extent and nature of the club game, how it was organized, who played and administered it, and the impact which rugby had on the town and its popular culture. At the grass roots, the game was dominated by neighborhood clubs, largely involving working-class and lower middle-class players and administrators, rather than by institutional teams organized by social improvers. At the highest level of competition, an emphasis on civic pride meant that success on the field was more important than social exclusivity. The game was played and supported, therefore, by representatives of all classes within the town, which led to rugby becoming the dominant sporting force in what was to become the capital city of Wales.
The latest edition of the acclaimed IRB World Rugby Yearbook, the most comprehensive rugby yearbook on the planet. With 640 fully illustrated pages of features, stats and records from every major rugby playing nation, since being revived and revamped four years ago the IRB World Rugby Yearbook has become a 'must have' book for rugby followers. The 2011 edition will feature extensive preview of the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand
Inspiring and irreverent by turns, Brian Levison's new anthology has drawn on rugby's wealth of excellent writing. Frank Keating, P. G. Wodehouse, Alec Waugh, A. A. Thomson, John Reason and Mick Imlah are among the distinguished names who have written movingly, amusingly and entertainingly about the game they loved. Great players such as Brian O'Driscoll, Willie John McBride, J. P. R. Williams, Chester Williams, Colin Meads, Gavin Hastings and Brian Moore give us a fascinating insider's view, as does World Cup Final referee Derek Bevan, who reveals what it is like to try to control thirty powerful and often volatile men in a highly competitive situation. But some of the best writing and the wittiest insights come from those who played their rugby at a much less exalted level. The origins of the game - sometimes true, sometimes fanciful - are explored as are some of its rituals like the haka. There are amusing tales including that of the four Tibetan boys sent by the Dalai Lama to learn the game at Rugby School and an account of New Zealand scrum-half Chris Laidlaw's hostile reception at a village fete in Wales. Along with barely believable stories about the game's hardest men, including the French coach Jean 'le Sultan' Sebedio, who used to conduct training sessions wearing a sombrero and wielding a long whip, and 'Red' Conway who had his finger amputated rather than miss a game for South Africa. One section 'Double Vision' looks at the same incident from opposing viewpoints, such as when the then relatively inexperienced Irish immortal Willie John McBride took a swing at the mighty All Black Colin Meads in a line-out. Another, 'Giving it Everything', shows how exceptional courage was not restricted to the rugby field but extended to the battle grounds of the First World War. From the compiler of highly acclaimed All in a Day's Cricket, this selection covers the game from virtually every angle and is sure to delight any rugby fan.
In rugby, there are the Flash Harrys and the Glory Boys: the fly-halves who run, kick and dazzle; the scrum-halves who nip and dart; the wingers who step and glide. These are the players who get the crowd on their feet, who set stadiums abuzz. But they only get to do these things because other, less glorified figures do all of the donkey work. Adam Jones is one such figure. And for a decade he was one of the world's best. On many occasions when George North or Shane Williams were careering under the posts to score a try, and the crowd was engulfed in rapturous joy, Adam Jones would be hauling himself up from the turf, spitting blood and mud, and massaging his aching neck. He hadn't scored the try; but more often than not it was his graft and strength which had made it. This is the story of 'Bomb': the self-effacing manual labourer from the Swansea Valley who traded laying paving slabs for running out in some of the world's most imposing sporting citadels. He rose to the pinnacle of his sport, winning virtually everything there was to be won: Grand Slams, Six Nations Championships, Lions tours, Pro12 titles. In a nation of rugby heroes, Adam Jones has become a legend. Only six Welshmen can say they've won three Grand Slams. He is one of them: not just as a bit-part player, but as the beating heart of the most successful squad in Welsh rugby history. His was one of the first names on the team sheet. He was - literally and metaphorically - the cornerstone of this Welsh side. In his autobiography, Jones reveals exactly what goes on in the murky depths of the front row: the tricks, the techniques, the physical and psychological warfare; and the mental fortitude it takes to endure in one of the hardest positions, in one of the world's toughest contact sports.
Who are the fifteen best players ever to represent Wales at rugby? We all know the answers, but all our answers are different! In pubs and clubs, in classrooms and chat rooms the length and breadth of this rugby-mad nation, this is a question that prompts energetic and entertaining debate; a question that has divided households and destabilized lifelong friendships. In The Greatest Welsh XV Ever, which includes over 130 full-colour photographs, Eddie Butler has gone where angels (and ex-international back-row forwards) fear to tread. Devoting a chapter to each position on the field, he produces a shortlist of the great players, before making his final, decisive, definitive choice in each case. So will it be Barry John or Phil Bennett at number 10? Jamie Roberts or John Dawes at number 12? Graham Price or Adam Jones at number 3? This is your chance to join in the greatest national debate since devolution.
When the professional era dawned in 1995, Irish rugby was in a rut. Provincial matches attracted crowds of 300, the national team was only capable of one exceptional result a year and there was a general lack of interest from the public. The nation's best players were lured abroad and bitter club rivals were thrown together to battle for provinces that could not attract coaches. No one could have predicted the rapid transformation that would overtake the Irish game. Within a few short years the provinces had become powerhouses on the club circuit, with Ulster, then Munster and Leinster achieving the ultimate goal of European glory. Today, Ireland is one of the strongest professional unions in the world and its senior team are reigning Six Nations champions. 'The New Breed' tells the story of this transformation. Key players of that first generation, including Ronan O'Gara, Brian O'Driscoll and Paul O'Connell, provide candid, enlightening interviews, while current professionals, such as Johnny Sexton, Keith Earls and Rob Kearney, offer insights into the ever-changing science, slog and sacrifice it now requires to make it to the very top.
At the start of the 2005 Six Nations a team of sports photographers was given unprecedented access to the Welsh rugby team. Little did they know they were about to record a nation's greatest rugby moments for decades. The result is Breathing Fire!, a spectacular 250 page book of stunning rugby photography that gets to the very heart and soul of Wales' Grand Slam triumph. From the pitch-side to the dressing room, from training to the team bus, these sensational photographs tell the story from the inside - Gareth Thomas driving the team bus, Kevin Morgan having his head stitched up, Gavin Henson doing his hair... The official book of the team, Breathing Fire! also contains exclusive interviews with all the key players, telling the story of the Grand Slam in their own words.
'An excellent read' - Rugby World Rob Andrew is one of the key figures in modern rugby history: an outstanding international who won three Grand Slams with England and toured twice with the British and Irish Lions, he also played a central role in the game's professional revolution with his trailblazing work at Newcastle. During a long spell on Tyneside, he led the team to a Premiership title at the first opportunity, brought European action to the north-east and gave the young Jonny Wilkinson his break in big-time union by fast-tracking him into the side straight out of school. What happened off the field was equally eventful. Rob produced 'The Andrew Report' - the most radical of blueprints for the future of English rugby - and then, over the course of a decade as one of Twickenham's top administrators, found himself grappling with the extreme challenges of running a game repeatedly blown off course by the winds of change. He did not merely have a ringside seat as one of the world's major sports went through its greatest upheaval in a century: more often than not, he was in the ring itself.
Just after the last game of the season, tragedy strikes at the heart of the Hornets, and Bootsie and Robbie are devastated. As the two friends deal with their grief in different ways, they drift apart. When an invitation to apply for a scholarship is offered to Bootsie, he sees it as a lifeline and he grasps it with both hands. Then half way through the new season, another offer comes his way and he has to make the biggest decision of his life.
Stephen Donald etched himself into All Blacks folklore with that 'kick' in the 2011 Rugby World Cup final at Eden Park. Donald, one of the country's most popular All Blacks, had not originally been wanted for the World Cup squad. He was whitebaiting in the Waikato and effectively off the rugby grid when the SOS went out for his services. The rest, as they say, is history. That one penalty goal in the final has ensured him a special place in All Blacks history. Now, Donald is combining with the hugely talented rugby writer and commentator Scotty 'Sumo' Stevenson in a book which will cover not only Donald's sporting career and his part in the All Blacks' historic Cup win, but also poke the borax at both himself and his team mates. Stevenson's unique brand of humour - he collaborated with Cory Jane on the screaming funny Cory Jane: Winging It - will ensure Beaver's book will be one to be both remembered and most feared (especially if you're a high profile teammate!)
Lavish new edition of this indispensable guide to every All Blacks from the very first player - James Allan in 1884 to the most recent crop selected for the All Blacks end-of-year tour in 2016. A headshot of every player - many in full colour - is accompanied by a potted biography, including all playing statistics. The most comprehensive book on the 1100+ players to have represented New Zealand in rugby ever published. First published in 2007, The ALL BLACKography was a runaway bestseller. This beautifully produced edition will be bigger, brighter and better than its predecessors. Also included is a chapter on the evolution of the famous All Blacks jersey and a comprehensive statistical section.
This is almost certainly the first book ever published on the collecting of Rugby Union memorabilia - the jerseys, caps, cups, programmes, prints, photographs, autographs, cards, stamps, badges, medals, books, ephemera and whatever else might encapsulate and evoke a nostalgia for the development of the game. While association football, cricket, golf and, to an extent, tennis have had their sample artefacts and accessories recorded in print, the handling code that was born at Rugby School nearly two centuries back, and which drew over 2 million fans to the stadia of the Rugby World Cup in 2015, has not. Now, at last, this volume surveys the field, from Victorian kit, cigarette cards and flimsy first programmes through to the 'merchandise' of the professional era. It is profusely illustrated with examples of memorabilia obtainable for a pound or two, or several hundred, or - in the case of a 2015 record-breaker - nearly GBP200,000. Whether you are a novice or an expert 'anorak' at the collecting game, this introduction should have much to arouse interest, delight - and envy!
Wales fell in love with rugby over 100 years ago, and this national affair with the game remains as intense and intoxicating today as it was in the late 1800s, when tens of thousands of passionate and expectant supporters would make their way to the Arms Park to see Wales play the best teams in the world and to enjoy the famous match-day atmosphere in Cardiff's bustling town centre. The Welsh obsession for rugby was already evident in 1899 when supporters 'packed' Cardiff's Westgate Street 'from wall to wall' for a Triple Crown decider against Ireland, and an advocate of soccer in Cardiff commented in 1901: 'to carry one of those funny round balls through the streets meant running the gauntlet of curious onlookers'. Rugby was undoubtedly the sporting heartbeat of Cardiff with over 230 clubs in 1895; but how did this obsession with rugby grip Cardiff and the industrial towns of south Wales, and why did the Welsh quickly become 'this rugby spellbound people'? In this new, expanded and heavily illustrated paperback edition, Gwyn Prescott draws on previously unused sources to provide a fresh and fascinating insight into the origins and early years of the game in Cardiff. He outlines how its citizens of all backgrounds, its many distinct districts, and its commercial and religious interests took rugby to their hearts through the growth of clubs, competitions and the establishment of the famous Arms Park as the focal point of rugby in Wales. The Birth of Rugby in Cardiff and Wales is the essential guide to the importance of rugby in Cardiff and to the significance of Cardiff to the development of Welsh rugby in the nineteenth century.
Rugby Revealed is the definitive guide to rugby in terms of the roles and responsibilities of each individual position and how they combine to create a tactically astute rugby team. This engaging guide to rugby union will help coaches and players understand the modern game, giving practical advice to achieve maximum results with optimum technique. With its mix of contributions from leading names, practical coaching advice and player statistics, Rugby Revealed includes: * the roles and responsibilities of each position in 15-a-side rugby * correct technique for core skills * the mechanics of the set piece * the elements for a successful attack and defence Professional players such as Jamie Roberts, Aaron Smith, Johnny Sexton, George Ford, Cian Healy, Manu Tuilagi, Keven Mealamu and Marcos Ayerza, and leading coaches, including Stuart Lancaster, Mike Cron, Dr Dave Alred, Mike Ford, Brendan Venter and Sir John Kirwan, are some of the 101 top names who share their insights into the game. This highly accessible guide will help new, emerging and developing players and coaches reach their rugby potential.
Every week young children are hospitalized on the playing fields of Britain. Yet the subject is rarely investigated, nor is there any concerted attempt to work out how to make sport safer. Using meticulous, peerreviewed research, the book sets out the true risks associated with the sport, raising uncomfortable questions for politicians and the educational authorities. Would parents be so willing to let their children play rugby if they knew that the average risk of serious injury over the course of a season could be at least 17 percent, or nearly one in six?
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