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Description - Odd-Shaped Balls by John Scally

Rugby is not a game for those who think that centres are what you find in a box of Black Magic or who confuse Jonah Lomu with Joanna Lumley. At the same time, it is not a game for the bright- what kind of tortured mind would invent an oval ball? Of course, it helps if you know the rules and don t have any fear. In this respect you are in the same boat as most referees, particularly if you have a problem with your eyesight. Odd-Shaped Balls captures the humour, the agony and the ecstasy of one of the world s most popular sports. It snoops inside sweaty, smelly dressing-rooms, reveals the passions of coaches and fans without whom rugby would cease to exist and delves deep into the sport s archives to recall its heroes, villains and victims, all of whom are part of the daily currency. The book is no less than a who s who of the game, with both old and young getting the opportunity to have their say. Lining out is a cast of mischief-makers, miscreants and mad-hatters- from Max Boyce to Keith Wood; from Sean Fitzpatrick to Austin Healy; from Bill Beaumont and his streaker to Gavin Hastings; from Gareth Edwards to David Campese; and from the man in the scrum to the man at the bar. A

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781845960414
ISBN-10: 1845960416
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 130mm x 19mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Mainstream Publishing
Publisher: Mainstream Publishing
Publish Date: 3-Nov-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - John Scally

John Scally is a lecturer at Trinity College in Dublin. A former journalist and broadcaster, he is the author of many books on sport, including Legends of Irish Rugby and Them and Us.

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