THORNY ENCOUNTERS: A History of England v The All Blacks


THORNY ENCOUNTERS: A History of England v The All Blacks

MATT ELLIOTT    Book Number: 87090    Product format: Hardback

A rich rugby history about a rivalry which never fails to have fans on the edge of their seats. The book chronicles the first 40 rugby internationals between England and New Zealand, from 1905 to 2014, games in which the giants of sport have measured themselves against each other. In the professional era, it has become the clash of the hemispheres. In 1905, Vic Cartwright's England rugby team lined up against Dave Gallaher's touring All Blacks at Crystal Palace. It was the first time the two national teams played each other. Ensuing matches in both the amateur and professional eras have been dramatic, controversial, and steeped in the historical rivalry of men from the traditional home of the game against those from who have claimed it as their own. Men in white such as Wakefield, Beaumont, Carling, Leonard and Johnson versus men in black Meads, Lochore, Fitzpatrick, Lomu, McCaw. Hakas drowned out by rousing renditions of 'Swing Low, Sweet Chariot', grinding forward tussles on cold, murky afternoons, and sweeping back-line movements on sunlit grounds, the book has it all. With grainy old photographs right up to a 2020 Twickenham encounter in colour, the rivalry between the women's teams concludes. Which three England players scored two tries against the All Blacks on their Test débuts? Which match had the staggering total of 92 lineouts? 223pp, photos and Series Statistics.
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ISBN 9781785314469
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