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Rugby: An Anthology

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Rugby: An Anthology by Brian Levison
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Inspiring and irreverent by turns, Brian Levison's new anthology has drawn on rugby's wealth of excellent writing. Frank Keating, P. G. Wodehouse, Alec Waugh, A. A. Thomson, John Reason and Mick Imlah are among the distinguished names who have written movingly, amusingly and entertainingly about the game they loved. Great players such as Brian O'Driscoll, Willie John McBride, J. P. R. Williams, Chester Williams, Colin Meads, Gavin Hastings and Brian Moore give us a fascinating insider's view, as does World Cup Final referee Derek Bevan, who reveals what it is like to try to control thirty powerful and often volatile men in a highly competitive situation. But some of the best writing and the wittiest insights come from those who played their rugby at a much less exalted level. The origins of the game - sometimes true, sometimes fanciful - are explored as are some of its rituals like the haka. There are amusing tales including that of the four Tibetan boys sent by the Dalai Lama to learn the game at Rugby School and an account of New Zealand scrum-half Chris Laidlaw's hostile reception at a village fete in Wales. Along with barely believable stories about the game's hardest men, including the French coach Jean 'le Sultan' Sebedio, who used to conduct training sessions wearing a sombrero and wielding a long whip, and 'Red' Conway who had his finger amputated rather than miss a game for South Africa. One section 'Double Vision' looks at the same incident from opposing viewpoints, such as when the then relatively inexperienced Irish immortal Willie John McBride took a swing at the mighty All Black Colin Meads in a line-out. Another, 'Giving it Everything', shows how exceptional courage was not restricted to the rugby field but extended to the battle grounds of the First World War. From the compiler of highly acclaimed All in a Day's Cricket, this selection covers the game from virtually every angle and is sure to delight any rugby fan.

Author Biography

Brian Levison's books include the anthology All in a Day's Cricket (Constable, 2012), Classical Music's Strangest Concerts and Characters co-written with Frances Farrer (Robson Books, 2007), and Remarkable Cricket Grounds (Pavilion Books, 2016), which was shortlisted for the 2017 Sports Book of the Year award (Illustrated Books category) and the 2017 Cricket Writers' Club Book of the Year award. Brian is an Associate Member of the The Cricket Writers' Club.
Release date NZ
June 6th, 2019
Author
Pages
256
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Robinson
Dimensions
152x232x24
ISBN-13
9781472142573
Product ID
28208533

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