Description - Lions Of England by Professor Peter Jackson
England has contributed some of the greatest players and most colourful characters to the rich history of the Lions, and never more so than in recent years. During the course of little more than a decade, a golden era for the Red Rose yielded five Grand Slams en route to the 2003 World Cup victory in Sydney. It not surprising, then, that English players have dominated the last four Lions tours in a way which none of the home countries has done previously. Lions of England presents the country's most famous players in a series of revealing portraits, each woven around monumental Test matches and illustrating the life and times of the greats spanning three-quarters of a century - from one pre-war knight of the realm, Carl Aarvold, to a more recent one, Sir Clive Woodward. All the evocative names of English rugby are featured here, from Dickie Jeeps to Martin Johnson, Jeff Butterfield to Jason Robinson, and Dean Richards to Jonny Wilkinson. Lions of England provides the reader with an insight into what makes these players tick, the early influences which shaped their careers and the events which made them household names. Bang up to date with the inclusion of the 2005 tour and con
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Author Biography - Professor Peter Jackson
Peter Jackson has spent a lifetime in sports journalism, specialising in rugby union since joining the Daily Mail in 1974. A failed fly-half who had the misfortune to make his school 1st XV debut in direct opposition to a boy who went on to become one of the all-time greats, Mike Gibson, Jackson saw his first international on the terracing at Lansdowne Road in 1959, when England beat Ireland 3-0. He has covered all five World Cups, followed the Lions all over the southern hemisphere and won awards for his reportage of the revolution in the wake of the sport being declared open in August 1995.