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A Social History of English Rugby Union

From the myth of William Webb Ellis to the glory of the 2003 World Cup win, this book explores the social history of rugby union in England.

Ever since Tom Brown’s Schooldays the sport has seen itself as the guardian of traditional English middle-class values. In this fascinating new history, leading rugby historian Tony Collins demonstrates how these values have shaped the English game, from the public schools to mass spectator sport, from strict amateurism to global professionalism.

Based on unprecedented access to the official archives of the Rugby Football Union, and drawing on an impressive array of sources from club minutes to personal memoirs and contemporary literature, the book explores in vivid detail the key events, personalities and players that have made English rugby.

From an era of rapid growth at the end of the nineteenth century, through the terrible losses suffered during the First World War and the subsequent ‘rush to rugby’ in the public and grammar schools, and into the periods of disorientation and commercialisation in the 1960s through to the present day, the story of English rugby union is also the story of the making of modern England.

Like all the very best writers on sport, Tony Collins uses sport as a prism through which to better understand both culture and society. A ground-breaking work of both social history and sport history, A Social History of English Rugby Union tells a fascinating story of sporting endeavour, masculine identity, imperial ideology, social consciousness and the nature of Englishness.

Author: Tony Collins
Hardcover: 296 pages
Company: Routledge (2009-03-05)
ISBN: 0415476607
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Ultimate Guide to Weight Training for Rugby The Ultimate Guide to Weight Training for Rugby is the most comprehensive and up-to-date rugby-specific training guide in the world today. It contains descriptions and photographs of over 80 of the most effective weight training, flexibility, and abdominal exercises used by athletes worldwide. This book features year-round rugby-specific weight-training programs guaranteed to improve your performance and get you results.

No other rugby book to date has been so well designed, so easy to use, and so committed to weight training. This book will increase the players power and quickness resulting in more effectiveness in rucks and mauls. By using this program, you will make considerable gains in your strength, agility, and stamina which will result in more success in scrums and have you competing strong until the final whistle.

Both beginners and advanced athletes and weight trainers can follow this book and utilize its programs. From recreational to professional, thousands of athletes all over the world are already benefiting from this book and its techniques, and now you can too!

As an added bonus, this book also contains links to free record keeping charts which normally sell separately for $20.

Author: Rob Price
Paperback: 168 pages Year-round rugby-specific weight-training programs, Descriptions and photographs of nearly 100 exercises, Used by top rugby players worldwide, Perfect for rugby players of all ages and skill levels, Includes links to free record-keeping charts
Company: Price World Publishing (2007-03-01)
ISBN: 1932549536
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Rugby's Great Split: Class, Culture and the Origins of Rugby League Football (Sport in the Global Society)

Since it’s first publication, Rugby’s Great Split has established itself as a classic in the field of sport history. Drawing on an unprecedented range of sources, this deeply researched and highly readable book traces the social, cultural and economic divisions that led, in 1895, to schism in the game of rugby and the creation of rugby league, the sport of England’s northern working class.

Tony Collins’ analysis challenges many of the conventional assumptions about this key event in rugby history – about class conflict, amateurism in sport, the North-South divide, violence on the pitch, the development of mass spectator sport and the rise of football. This new edition is expanded to cover parallel events in Australia and New Zealand, and to address the key question of rugby league’s failure to establish itself in Wales.

Rugby’s Great Split is a benchmark text in the history of rugby, and an absorbing case study of wider issues – issues of class, gender, regional and national identity, and the impact of the commercialization and recent professionalization of rugby league. This insightful text is for anyone interested in Britain’s social history or in the emergence of modern sport, it is vital reading.

Author: Tony Collins
Paperback: 288 pages
Company: Routledge (2006-09-01)
ISBN: 0415396174
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Beware of the Dog: Rugby's Hard Man Reveals All
A scorching and deeply personal autobiography lifting the lid on the life and character of one of English rugby's most successful ever players
Brian Moore, or "Pitbull" as he came to be known during nearly a decade at the heart of the England rugby team's pack, established himself as one of the game's original hard men at a time when rugby was still an amateur sport. Since his retirement, he has earned a reputation as an equally uncompromising commentator, never afraid to tell it as he sees it and lash out at the money men and professionals that have made rugby into such a different beast. Yet, for all his bullishness on and off the pitch, there also appears a more unconventional, complicated side to the man. A solicitor by trade, Moore's love of fine wine, career experience as a manicurist, and preference for reading Shakespeare in the dressing room before games, mark him out as anything but the stereotypical rugby player, and in Beware of the Dog, Moore lays open with astounding frankness the shocking events, both personal and professional, that have gone towards shaping him over the years. Presenting an unparalleled insight into the mind of one of British rugby's greatest players and characters, Beware of the Dog is a uniquely engaging and upfront sporting memoir.

Author: Brian Moore
Paperback: 352 pages
Company: Simon & Schuster UK (2011-02-01)
ISBN: 1847396518
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The Ireland Rugby Miscellany Brand new, fully revised and updated edition of the best-selling Ireland Rugby Miscellany, published in celebration of Ireland's historic 2009 Grand Slam triumph. From Ireland's first international in 1875 to this year's dramatic last-gasp victory - clinching only Ireland's second ever Grand Slam - the Ireland Rugby Miscellany is packed with facts, figures, stories, lists and quotes from the rich history of Irish rugby union. Which Irish player played with a monocle? What happened during the Ireland match when the pitch was invaded by frogs? Which Irishman captained the All Blacks? You'll find the answers to all these questions and many, many more on the pages of this neat little green book.

Author: Ciaran Cronin
Hardcover: 160 pages
Company: Vision Sports Publishing (2009-09-01)
ISBN: 1905326750
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Rugby Union: Technique Tactics Training (Crowood Sports Guides)

Crowood Sports Guides provide sound, practical advice that will help make you a better player whether you are learning the basic skills, discovering more advanced techniques or reviewing the fundamentals of your game. This new, substantially revised, and updated edition includes Star Tips, Kit Checks, Rules Checks, and Key Points. Covering skills and techniques at every level, this book features action and sequence photographs; helpful, detailed diagrams in color; and an introduction to rules and equipment. Aimed at those learning the basic skills as well as those who wish to discover more advanced techniques or to review the fundamentals of the game.

Author: Peter Johnson
Paperback: 128 pages
Company: Crowood Press (2009-08-01)
ISBN: 1847970648
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Voices from the Back of the Bus: Tall Tales and Hoary Stories from Rugby's Real Heroes
Voices from the Back of the Bus provides a rare behind-the-scenes look at international rugby at the height of a golden period. Recounted with genuine warmth and much humor, over a hundred players recall the scrapes, the games, the laughs, the glory, and the gritty reality of the pre-professional game. Packed with true rugby tales from the days when men played purely for the love of the game and of their nation, and multimillion-pound contracts and sponsorship deals were unheard of, this refreshing, revealing, and often hilarious collection will inspire sports fans of all generations.

Author: Stewart McKinney
Paperback: 256 pages
Company: Mainstream Publishing (2010-07-01) (2010-08-09)
ISBN: 1845965922
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The Art of Coarse Rugby A reissue designed to appeal to a new generation of Coarse Rugby players. It contains all the truly fine points of the game, from how best to take advantage of a blind, short-sighted or deaf referee to how to avoid paying for the beer after the match.

Author: Michael Green
Paperback: 160 pages
Company: Robson Books (1997-04)
ISBN: 1861050011
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The Official England Rugby Miscellany Fully revised and updated new edition of the bestselling The Official England Rugby Miscellany. Packed with stats, lists, quotes, anecdotes and tables from the rich history of England rugby, the book includes more than 50 per cent new material, including England's winning campaign in the 2011 Six Nations tournament. Featuring a stylish cover adorned with the famous English rose, The Official England Rugby Miscellany is fully endorsed by the RFU.

Author: Stuart Farmer
Hardcover: 160 pages
Company: Vision Sports Publishing (2011-10-01)
ISBN: 1907637354
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IRB Rugby World Cup Guide 2011
The Official IRB Rugby World Cup 2011 Guide provides excellent background information about the host nation, New Zealand, key details of the venues along with tourist highlights. It includes a must-have tournament fill-in chart, to keep fans in-tune and involved with the matches.

Author: Chris Hawkes
Paperback: 256 pages
Company: Carlton Publishing Group (2011-07-28)
ISBN: 1847328180
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New Zealand Rugby Union Level Two Coaching Contents: Lineouts, Second Phase Play and Support Drills, Backline Attack

Director: Comm Media
DVD: NTSCDVD - Region 1, NTSC Format, Made out of 100% Poly-Cotton fabric.
Company: Comm Media (2007-06-22)
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Boxing for Rugby Conditioning Author: Roy Headey, Nick Griffin
Company: Rugby Football Union
ISBN: 1904626637
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New Zealand Rugby Individual Skill Drills Content: Fitness, Passing and Catching, Running and Handling, Kicking and Catching, Tackling, Support Play

Director: Comm Media
DVD: NTSCDVD - Region 1, NTSC Format
Company: Comm Media (2007-06-22)
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New Zealand Rugby Contact Training Drills Content: Tackle and Sprint Drill, Offensive Defense Tackle Grid, Ball Presentation Drill, Ball Placement and Support in Tackle, Ball Retention in Close Contact, Extra Man Try Scoring Grid, Tackle Bag Drills, Scrum/Ruck Machine Drills

Director: Comm Media
DVD: NTSCDVD - Region 1, NTSC Format
Company: Comm Media (2007-06-22)
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Company: Rugby Football Union, Referee Department
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Rugby World Cup Greatest Moments There have been a huge number of memorable moments in the 20-year history of the Rugby World Cup. Think of the last minute drop-goals to beat Australia by Rob Andrew (in 1995), and Johnny Wilkinson (in 2003). Or maybe the finest rugby match ever played, the semi between France and the All Blacks at Twickenham in 1999. Perhaps you might consider the moment that President Nelson Mandela walked onto the Ellis Park turf for the 1995 final wearing a Springbok shirt. Using interviews and action, The Rugby World Cup Greatest Moments includes all the most memorable action, including the record points tallies, and the breathless finishes. There's a special bonus for all rugby fans, with extended highlights of some of the very best matches. This DVD is a very special accompaniment to the sport's top tournament. Including: The 2003 World Cup Final Nelson Mandela visits the Springboks in 1995 France take on New Zealand in 1995 Wales beat Australia in 1987 Ireland play Australia in 1991 Scotland play England in the 1991 semi-final New Zealand win the first World Cup

Director: Rugby World Cup
Company: (2007-07-30)
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Rugby in our Blood Rugby - is it love or addiction? There’s little doubt that South Africans are mad for rugby. In this book some of the country’s most famous rugby fans, and a Springbok or two, put into plain words what the game means to them.

The likes of DA leader Tony Leon, Spud author John van der Ruit and 702 talk show host John Robbie share their favorite rugby stories. Leon Schuster claims that playing pranks on his Shimla team mates kick started his career in comedy, while former Springbok Kobus Wiese reveals all in “What goes on tour doesn’t stay on tour”.

Some tell of life lessons learnt on and off the field, while others recall memorable moments in Springbok rugby, or the glory days of student rugby - when they could still run! More stories: “What I’ve learned” by former Springbok coach Jake White; “Journey of a Springbok Captain” by John Smit; “Rugby Diplomacy” by commentator Hugh Bladen; “The Greatest Game” by cricketer Jacques Kallis; “My lost love” by athlete Oscar Pistorius; and “Vrystaat!” by swimmer Ryk Neethling.

Paperback: 224 pages
Company: International Publishers Marketing, Inc. (2012-03-15)
ISBN: 0624048764
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Union: The Heart of Rugby Union: The Heart of Rugby is a stunning large format book showcasing the greatest rugby photographs ever taken alongside the thoughts and views of some of the game's greatest ever players - including current England coach Martin Johnson. This stunning coffee table book has been conceived as a celebration of the heart and soul of rugby as the kick off to the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand approaches. The cornerstone of the book will be more than 150 of the most powerful and evocative rugby photographs taken by award-winning photographers and selected by legendary sports photographer Neil Leifer. Complementing the images is an original text that explores the eight core creeds that underpin the sport - pride, team, friendship, courage, passion, heroes, pain and glory - and based on interviews with five of the game's greatest players: John Kirwan, Nick Farr-Jones, Philipe Sella, Joel Stransky and Martin Johnson.

Author: Paul Thomas
Hardcover: 200 pages
Company: Vision Sports Publishing (2011-09-01)
ISBN: 1907637303
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Rugby Union for Dummies, UK Edition If you get a big kick out of rugby but still feel you could sharpen up your knowledge of the game, this friendly guide is for you. Inside you'll find easy-to-understand advice on the basic rules and pitch positions, plus in-depth lessons on ball skills, fitness training, and techniques to outwit your opponents - all illustrated with entertaining stories from British and International rugby's back pages, and coverage of England's historic 2003 World Cup victory.

Author: Greg Growden, Nick Cain
Kindle Edition: 384 pages Kindle eBook
Company: For Dummies (2011-03-01) (2011-03-01)
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A Game for Hooligans: The History of Rugby Union

The rugby union has undergone immense change in the past two decades—introducing a World Cup, accepting professionalism, and creating a global market in players. This resource covers all of the great matches, teams, and players while also placing them in the context of the social, political, and economic changes which have affected the course of rugby's development. International in scope, this history includes not only Britain and France but also the great rugby powers of the southern hemisphere and other successful rugby nations, such as Argentina, Fiji, and Japan. Rich in anecdotes—including the story of why 1895 is the most important date in both the rugby union and rugby league history, allegations of devil worship at a Welsh rugby club, the game's contribution to the Cuban Revolution, and why the most fearsome of all New Zealand forwards was also a proficient knitter—this reference is a must-read for any fan of the oval ball.

Author: Huw Richards
Paperback: 318 pages
Company: Mainstream Publishing (2007-11-22)
ISBN: 1845962559
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Rugby Games & Drills

Improve technique, game sense and fitness levels with the aid of Rugby Games & Drills.

Developed by one of the game’s top coaches and endorsed by the Rugby Football Union, Rugby Games & Drills contains over 140 games and drills \qq: Perhaps we want to say “activities”? Also, total may change. –Laura Xqq\ designed to bring out the very best in players, regardless of age or ability or rugby code.

This book is packed with the most effective games and drills for improving core skills such as handling, kicking and decision making while providing tough physical challenges. In addition, the detailed descriptions with accompanying illustrations will help you make the most of training sessions and ensure you are ready for game day.

Rugby Games & Drills is the ideal companion for coaches and players of both rugby league and rugby union looking to maximize talent and harness their potential.

Author: Rugby Football Union, Simon Worsnop
Paperback: 216 pages
Company: Human Kinetics (2011-10-04)
ISBN: 1450402135
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Confessions of a Rugby Mercenary John Daniell is a rubgy mercenary. A brutal word for an often brutal game. In 1996, when Rugby Union turned professional, John emigrated to France where he played for a decade in top competitions. His team ricocheted between fear and ecstasy, as they battled to save the club from relegation and their careers from the scrap heap. Now he lifts the lid on the dark world of the journeyman player, where losing a home game is considered a crime, coaches and club owners will do anything to win, and agents ruthlessly manipulate players. His compelling confessions are both shocking and funny, taking you behind the scenes, onto the field and into the very heart of the scrum.

Author: John Daniell
Kindle Edition: 272 pages Kindle eBook
Company: Ebury Digital (2009-04-02) (2009-04-02)
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Rugby Union For Dummies If you're new to the sport or you feel you could sharpen up your knowledge of the game, this guide is for you. Inside you'll find easy-to-understand advice on the basic rules and pitch positions, plus in-depth lessons on ball skills, fitness training, and techniques to outwit your opponents - all illustrated with entertaining stories from British and International rugby's back pages. In addition, you get a grounding in the local, national and international reaches of Rugby Union 

Rugby Union For Dummies 3rd Edition:Features an in-depth and up-to-date look at the Laws that form the beautiful gameCovers all you will need to know about talking tactics and is perfect for anyone looking at swatting up on rugby for the World Cup and beyondAdvises on all you will need to know to get stuck in and playContains a new chapter on sevens as the sport will be a demonstration sport at London 2012 and a full sport at Rio 2016

Author: Nick Cain, Greg Growden
Paperback: 404 pages
Company: For Dummies (2011-12-06)
ISBN: 1119990920
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The Rules of Rugby Union (Rugby Union Books for Kindle) The Rules of Rugby Union is a great reference for all new and old rugby fans.

Contains a fully linked table of contents (TOC) to the following sections:

Game laws and methods
Playing field
Match structure
The running game
Off-side in open play
The breakdown
Off-side at the breakdown
The kicking game
Types of pass
Dive pass
Dummy pass
Flick pass
Pop pass
Scrum half pass
Spiral Pass
Restart kicks
Penalty kicks and free kicks
Offside at the set-piece
Possible alterations to the laws

Take this book everywhere on your Kindle device.

Author: Sports Books
Kindle Edition: Kindle eBook
Company: (2011-01-17) (2011-01-17)
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Rugby: Steps to Success - 2nd Edition (Steps to Success Activity Series)

Master the skills, master the game. Rugby: Steps to Success covers all of the skills, tactics and strategies you need to improve your play and dominate the pitch.

With 13 progressive instructional steps, you'll learn all aspects of the game. Detailed descriptions, illustrations and photo sequences demonstrate the essential skills, including footwork, ball handing, tackling and kicking. Then practice and improve with 90 drills, each featuring a personal scoring system to gauge and accelerate your progress.

After mastering the individual skills, you'll learn to apply them in match play. From retaining possession to attacking the opposition's weaknesses, you'll learn the strategies to dominate the pitch.

Become a complete player and lead your team to victory. As part of the popular Steps to Success Sports Series—with more than 1.5 million copies sold worldwide—Rugby: Steps to Success will elevate your performance to new heights in all facets of the game.

Author: Tony Biscombe, Peter Drewett
Paperback: 240 pages
Company: Human Kinetics (2009-11-30)
ISBN: 0736081739
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Once Were Lions: The Players' Stories: Inside the World's Most Famous Rugby Team
The British and Irish Lions are one of the most famous and recognized teams in world rugby. Every four years, the Lions—selected from the national sides of England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland—head to the southern hemisphere to do battle with either New Zealand, Australia, or South Africa. Acclaimed sportswriter Jeff Connor interviews a host of players—from the oldest surviving Lions from the 1946 tour and the icons of the game to those who have become mere footnotes in history—and draws out the compelling human stories from each Test series. The ups and downs of tour life are captured—the pride of being a Lion, the numerous personal feuds, and the many humorous anecdotes, taking in the historic wins and the ignoble losses. Many Lions had their lives enriched by having worn the famous red jersey; an equal number had their lives changed irrevocably in the opposite direction. Full of previously unchronicled stories—Des O’Brien was away from home for nine months on the 1946 tour which almost cost him his marriage; while in 1966 one well-known English winger went off tour with a woman he met in a bar and reappeared only for the last two matches—the book will conclude with the disastrous 2005 New Zealand tour and trenchant opinions from the players on the controversial Clive Woodward. Thanks to a host of amusing and heartbreaking anecdotes about life with the Lions, the book will offer a fascinating insight into how touring, sport and life has changed in the last 60 years.

Author: Jeff Connor, Martin Hannan
Hardcover: 384 pages
Company: HarperCollins UK (2009-07-01)
ISBN: 0007241526
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