RUGBY AN ANTHOLOGY: The Brave, the Bruised and the BrilliantEDITED BY BRIAN LEVISON Book Number: 85238 Product format: Hardback
Often believed to have been born out of William Webb Ellis' disregard for the rules of football in 1823, rugby has featured some of sport's greatest myths and legends. Through the voices of the sport's biggest figures and scholars, this anthology puts together some of these tales - some self-acknowledgingly taller than others - and provides an entertaining and insightful glimpse into the on and off field lives of rugby players throughout the ages. Among the contributions are poems from Roger McGough, Banjo Paterson, and P.G. Wodehouse, autobiography extracts from Brian Moore on influencing referees and imposing embarrassing punishments on players, and a well-crafted story from Maori superstar George Nepia on his paternal relationship with another player. As well as providing insight into the lives of players, this anthology acts as a reference for any fan or player wishing to sharpen their knowledge of the game's history or any partner or family member of a rugby fan wishing to get their head around the action taking place on the pitch. Rather than chronologically tracking the evolution of the game, Levison organises the stories, extracts, and poems into thematic sections that include chapters on off-pitch antics, the importance of the Haka, the early evolution of the rules and equipment, the brutes of the game, and, most interestingly, DOUBLE VISION: a chapter that relives important moments in modern rugby history from alternative view-points. 240pp.
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