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The most comprehensive pocket reference guide to the 1999 Rugby World Cup, featuring profiles of the top players from the 20 competing teams, past finals results and records, and a full tournament schedule. The Rugby World Cup takes place every four years, with the forthcoming tournament being held between 1 October and 6 November. Twenty teams will be split into four groups, with the top two sides in each progressing to quarter-finals (play-offs in the case of the team finishing second), semi-finals and final. Games are to be staged in all four home nations, plus selected venues in the Republic of Ireland and France. Featuring: * A brief history of the Rugby World Cup * Date, venue and times of all games, including TV and radio coverage * A guide to the venues * Star players to watch out for * A comprehensive profile of the England team * Past World Cup results and records Whether you are watching on television or planning to attend some of the games for yourself, this book will be an essential companion to the biggest event in world rugby.
Licensed by competition's organisers, the International Rugby Board, the Rugby World Cup 2015: The Official Tournament Guide is the must-have companion to world rugby's biggest event. England is the tournament host, and this book contains everything fans will need, from venue guides to detailed information on every team in the finals, key players, playing strengths, coaches, past form and a prediction of teams' hopes of success. In addition to reports on the qualifying tournaments and the fill-in Rugby World Cup 2015 fixture schedule, famous games are recalled in special features, together with biographies of the men most likely to light up the tournament. The Rugby World Cup's glorious history and tournament records are also fully covered making this essential reading for all fans interested in RWC2015.
Designed for both the active participant and the passive enthusiast, this is a guide to rugby union. It features information, photographs and illustrations to explain the core skills, tactics and rules of the game. There are photographs of the top players, and this fifth edition is updated to include developments in the rules and regulations. The volume is part of a series which seeks to help readers get more out of their chosen sport or game.
This Rugby Football Union's refereeing handbook is intended as a source of guidance for those wishing to become qualified referees, for referees who are already qualified, and for interested players, coaches and spectators. This second edition has been thoroughly revised and updated and includes helpful sections on: the referee's general management of the game; the scrum, line-out, ruck and maul; the effective application of the Advantage Law; officiating offside and obstructing in open play; the referee's positioning; official's physical fitness; and the demands of touch judging.
"Think Rugby" is a systems book that gets both coach and player working more productively: the coach, through a wealth of practical advice on keeping sessions fresh and purposeful; the player, through tried and tested methods of improving tactical decision-making to enhance whole-team possession; the team through focusing on dynamic attack in the forwards and effective positioning in the backs. Written by one of Rugby Union's most respected coaches and thinkers.
The RFU Guide for Coaches - Fitness and Conditioning is the Rugby Football Union's definitive statement on the importance of fitness in the club game and the best ways to achieve the optimum condition to play effectively and safely. It is intended as a source of guidance for coaches at all levels of the game, as well as for players looking for advice on improving their fitness. Packed with drills and coaching programmes throughout, this clear and comprehensive handbook includes helpful sections on: structuring the training year; speed and agility; strength and power; flexibility; core strength and stability; diet and nutrition; fitness testing; pre-match preparation and post-match recovery; and sports psychology.
Rugby 7s - the seven-a-side version of Rugby Union - is fast growing in popularity, both as a training tool for Rugby Union and as a game in its own right. It has long been used to develop speed and technical skills that can be translated into the full game, and is also now enjoying popularity in the UK and on the global stage, with the 2005 IRB Rugby 7s World Cup attracting considerable media attention. This book is the essential guide to coaching rugby 7s, and includes: tactics for all phases of the game 60 drills covering attack, defence, continuity and conditioning innovative approaches to all areas of the game.
The Know the Game series is firmly established as the leading introduction to a huge range of sports. For years they have been the first step into a new sport for many people, children and adults alike. The series has now been relaunched in a new format and a modern design - making the best even better. The aim has been to make the books more accessible, and they are now packed with colour photos and illustrations, top tips and interesting facts. Each book contains everything you need to know about the sport, including equipment, rules, techniques and training tips. There's even information on how to find a club and meet new people to play the sport with. And having been written and endorsed by the sport's professional body, you can be sure that you are getting the best information available."
In WORLD CUP RUGBY TALES, World Cup-winning rugby legend Lawrence Dallaglio shares his favourite stories from his time at International rugby's greatest tournament. With razor-sharp wit and good humour he lets the reader behind the closed doors of the tournament, to see what happens on and off the pitch when the cameras aren't looking. All the great names are here - Blanco, Lomu and Pienaar among them - and in his time Dallaglio has shared pints or blows (or both) with them all and has lived to tell the stories. Funny, frank and fully loaded with quick-fire banter these are the best of the best tales of the legends of the International stage.
From try scoring records to controversial celebrations, Chris Ashton has had an amazing year. Announcing his star presence with an awesome 85-metre try against Australia, Chris burst onto the scene and has lit up Twickenham. In his new book he delves into the England rugby team's renaissance, a victorious Six Nations campaign, the build-up to the Rugby World Cup and the tournament itself in New Zealand. From dynamic tries on the pitch to behind-the-scenes life on tour, this is the story of England's Rugby World Cup journey from the player everyone is talking about.
At the age of 22, Kyran Bracken made his England debut in the toughest imaginable circumstances, taking on the formidable All Blacks From the start he was targeted by the opposition, but he battled on through the painful knocks to help his side to a rare victory Things didn't get any easier in the rest of his career. For years, he was competing with first Dewi Morris and then Matt Dawson for England's No 9 shirt, yet still he managed to win 51 caps But that was not his most difficult battle: there were chronic back problems that put him out of the game for months on end, and psychological demons that had a huge impact on his life. Bracken's story is not a simple one of games played and victories won; it is a moving account of one man's struggle with himself, brilliantly told by one of rugby's most intelligent and charming characters It is more than a rugby story, but a tale of triumph over adversity that can appeal far beyond the rugby market.
Kenny Logan's riveting story is one full of surprises. A Scottish rugby star, with 70 caps for his country, and a club legend at Wasps, winner of three Premiership titles and a glorious Heineken Cup, Kenny could not read or write until he was in his thirties. Born into a farming community in rural Scotland, Kenny struggled at school and only confronted his dyslexia on meeting his wife, Gabby. Further challenges followed as they suffered the lows and eventual success of IVF treatment. Always entertaining, with a twinkle in his eye, Kenny is not one to wallow in misfortune. The difficulties in his life have been interspersed by many a cheeky grin. Now a national heartthrob, after wowing millions on Strictly Come Dancing, Kenny's story is one of sporting glory, passion, sincerity, tragedy, and a lot of laughter.
Shortlisted for Best Autobiography and Best Rugby Book in the British Sports Book Awards. Kenny Logan's riveting story is one full of surprises. A Scottish rugby star, with 70 caps for his country, and a club legend at Wasps, winner of three Premiership titles and a glorious Heineken Cup, Kenny could not read or write until he was in his thirties. Born into a farming community in rural Scotland, Kenny struggled at school and only confronted his dyslexia on meeting his wife, Gabby. Further challenges followed as they suffered gruelling IVF treatment. Always entertaining, with a twinkle in his eye, Kenny is not one to wallow in misfortune. The difficulties in his life have been interspersed by many a cheeky grin. Now a national heartthrob, after wowing millions on Strictly Come Dancing, Kenny's story is one of sporting glory, passion, sincerity, tragedy, and a lot of laughter.
Matt Dawson's Lions Tales gives rugby fans a satisfying dose of wonderful Lions anecdotes, epic stories of triumph and despair, of camaraderie and controversy, and stirring examples of that special bond that only competing in the white heat of battle, halfway round the world, against the mighty All Blacks, Wallabies and Springboks, can engender. Lions Tales is peppered with insight and laugh-out-loud moments, dredged from the memory banks of Dawson's own time in the iconic red shirt, and also from his keen interest in the Lions' remarkable 125-year traditions.
Jeremy Guscott burst onto the international platform with a hat-trick on his England debut. In partnership with Will Carling at the centre of England's midfield, he helped his country to three Grand Slams, but will perhaps be best remembered for his drop goal that secured victory for the British Lions on their 1997 tour of South Africa. With a burgeoning career as a TV presenter, Guscott's appeal goes far beyond the rugby world. This revealing autobiography tells the story not just of the highs, but of the tension of facing a prison sentence during a trial for a road rage attack, for which he was eventually cleared.
No city in England can match Gloucester's passion for the game of rugby. The streets are festooned in cherry and white on match days and that famous cry of `Glaw . . . sterrr' can be heard far beyond the club's Kingsholm ground. This book illustrates what makes Gloucester Rugby Club so special. It features revealing and humorous interviews with some of the greats (including, to name but a few, Mike Teague, John Watkins and Ian Smith), historical facts, trivia, stats and stories, told by those who pulled on that famous shirt. It recalls the great matches, the cup wins, the highs, and also some of the lows.It highlights what it means to play for Gloucester, a club steeped in tradition, pride and sporting excellence.
Ben Cohen's dad didn't know anything about the sport his young son had taken up, but he was happy to drive him to practice, and was soon helping out at the club. When his business went bankrupt money was tight, but Ben's hard working parents inspired their son to put his all into rugby. Then, when Ben was 20, his father intervened in a fight in the nightclub where he worked. He was viciously beaten and one month later he died in hospital. Ben was doing an England press conference at the time, and it was down to coach Clive Woodward to deliver the devastating news. But the ordeal was far from over. The inquest lasted five months before the funeral could be held, and it was a year before the family were in court, facing Peter's assailants. Ben put all of the anger and pain from his father's death into his rugby. Fast and powerful on the wing, he was soon the best in the world in his position and a cornerstone of the England team, culminating in the legendary World Cup win in Sydney in 2003. And yet he always felt like an outsider. Most people didn't know that Ben is clinically deaf. His sixth sense for the game got him through on the pitch, but off it his poor hearing was often taken for arrogance. This is an inspirational story of passion and pain; of the highs of achieving your goals, and the grief of losing something you can never get back.
When Wales beat France to clinch the 2012 Six Nations Championship Grand Slam - one player stood out from the rest of the field. A powerful presence on the pitch, Dan Lydiate, the 6ft 4in fearless farmer's son from Llandrindod Wells truly deserved the title Player of the Tournament. In Grand Slam Man, the heroic Welsh flanker reflects on his comeback from a broken neck in 2008 to become the hero of Wales's 2012 Grand Slam success. He also reveals his thoughts on the Australia tour, his love of tackling, his life on the farm and his British Lions dream.
'The Bounce of the Century' they called it. A ball kicked across Cardiff Arms Park in the dying minutes of a match between two of international rugby's fiercest rivals. The world's two greatest wingers waited as it bounced towards them, knowing that whoever caught the ball would score and win the match for his country. Dragons and All Blacks tells what happened when Wales played New Zealand in 1953. The story is written from contemporary accounts and the memories of the men who played that day, including Bob Stuart and Bleddyn Williams, for many of whom the match was the highlight of a career. The book retells the stories of the two teams and the men who played for them, and charts the events of their lives: how they got to that meeting point in Cardiff in December 1953 and what has happened to them in the half-century since. Dragons and All Blacks examines the remarkable relationship between two countries on opposite sides of the world, brought together by a mutual passion for rugby with few parallels elsewhere. It shows how their rivalry has developed over a century - from perhaps the greatest of all rugby matches in 1905 to the single-point thriller of 2004 - and looks to its future in the aftermath of the 2005 Welsh Grand Slam and Lions tour of New Zealand.
Jonny Wilkinson has set the rugby world alight since his international debut in 1998. In this revealing diary of the 2000-01 season, he takes the reader behind the scenes of his career at Newcastle Falcons, England and on to the British Lions tour to Australia in summer 2001. He talks about the players' strike in November, the foot and mouth crisis, his preparation for the matches, training, what really goes on on the pitch - and provides a fascinating insight into his life away from the rugby field. LIONS AND FALCONS builds up to a riveting portrait of the modern professional rugby world, viewed from the very pinnacle of the sport.
Have you ever wanted to know what really happens when teams go on tour? Drawing on his extensive experience of touring, former international and acclaimed pundit Brian Moore tells you all you need ever know, with this in-depth but light-hearted expose, covering every level of the sport, from junior club rugby right up to the British Lions. With stories of bikini-clad forwards and Moore's own escapades, many of rugby's best-known names of recent years are featured, and no element of life on tour is left untouched. As they go, readers will learn how to survive the worst room-mates in the world, how to cope with the long hours of travel, and how to get the best room in the hotel. They will learn how the professionals do it - or at least used to - and how their would-be amateur counterparts try to do it; both having a blast along the way. Anyone who has ever gone away with a group of mates - male or female, sporting or not - will recognise similar situations and immediately identify with the book. Reading it will bring back their own memorable moments of touring or, if not, make them want to go on their first trip. To help readers get the best out of any tour, Moore provides top tips on how best to organise one, including tour rules, courts, songs and games. Along with the author's Top XV tourists of all time, this book is a definitive insight into touring in all its fun and glory.
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