A Game for Hooligans
The History of Rugby Union
By (author) Huw Richards
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Game for Hooligans by Huw Richards
Book DescriptionRugby union has undergone immense change in the past two decades - introducing a World Cup, accepting professionalism and creating a global market in players - yet no authoritative English-language general history of the game has been published in that time. Until now. "A Game for Hooligans" brings the game's colourful story up to date to include the 2007 World Cup. It covers all of the great matches, teams and players but also explores the social, political and economic changes that have affected the course of rugby's development. It is an international history, covering not only Britain and France but also the great rugby powers of the southern hemisphere and other successful rugby nations, including Argentina, Fiji and Japan.Contained within are the answers to many intriguing questions concerning the game, such as why 1895 is the most important date in both rugby-union and rugby-league history and how New Zealand became so good and have remained so good for so long. There is also a wealth of anecdotes, including allegations of devil-worship at a Welsh rugby club and an account of the game's contribution to the Cuban Revolution. This is a must-read for any fan of the oval ball.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781845962555
(198mm x 129mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Mainstream Publishing
Publisher: Mainstream Publishing
Publish Date: 22-Nov-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Huw Richards
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Featuring essays from prominent experts in the field, scholars and journalists, this Companion covers ground seldom attempted in a single volume about football.
Red and the White, Paperback (January 2010)
The first comprehensive history of this epic annual sporting occasion.
Dragons and All Blacks, Paperback (November 2005)» View all books by Huw Richards
Tells what happened when Wales played New Zealand in 1953. This story is written from contemporary accounts and the memories of the men who played that day, including Bob Stuart and Bleddyn Williams. This book examines the remarkable relationship between two countries on opposite sides of the world, brought together by a mutual passion for rugby.
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Author Biography - Huw Richards
Huw Richards has been the Financial Times rugby correspondent since 1995. His other books on rugby include Dragons and All Blacks, which was nominated for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award.
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