Description - The Winter Game by Todd R. Nicholls
In his 1997 book WINTER COLOURS, author Donald McCrae assessed the modern rugby game two years into the professional era. Now, in THE WINTER GAME, Todd R. Nicholls investigates the current state of the sport throughout the world. He examines the ways in which rugby has changed since McCrae's analysis and considers whether or not these changes have been beneficial. Nicholls looks at the game from a number of different perspectives and provides a clear indication of the major issues facing rugby in 2005, as well as a glimpse into what the future may hold. Beginning with England's triumphant World Cup win in November 2003 and culminating in the recent Lions tour of New Zealand, Nicholls examines the sport at each level in the major countries in which it is played. Elsewhere in the book, the author covers the origins, aims and achievements of both the Super 12 and the Tri-Nations tournaments; assesses the background of the Zurich Premiership and how this competition fits into the world rugby calendar; interviews the members of the 2005 Six Nations squads to ask their opinions on rugby's current burning issues; reviews the state of the game in post-apartheid South Africa; and conclud
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Author Biography - Todd R. Nicholls
Todd R. Nicholls was born in Ireland and has written for the Irish Times, Ireland on Sunday and the Irish News. He is also the author of a biography of former New Zealand rugby league captain Hugh McGahan.