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Somebody Stole My Game



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Somebody Stole My Game by Chris Laidlaw
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"Interesting take on the state of rugby"
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

I have only read a few chapters of this book since purchasing it from Mighty Ape and so far I'm hooked. Definitely an interesting read for the rugby fans out there.


This book has a central proposition: that rugby is not sustainable if it continues down the commercial path it is currently following. Control of the game is being steadily transferred from those who thought they owned it to commercial and media interests who see it purely as a commodity. Of all the great team sports rugby has been the most dependent on tradition, inclusiveness and the notion of the game being more important than the individual. After a century and a half of comfortable conservatism rugby suddenly found itself confronted by a professional revolution not of its own making and it has struggled ever since to come to terms with it. This book is controversial, thought provoking and has wide appeal - it addresses a series of issues which threaten New Zealand rugby.

Author Biography

Chris Laidlaw is a former All Blacks great, Rhodes Scholar, diplomat, MP, author and host of the high-rating "Sunday" show on National Radio each Sunday morning. His first book, Mud In Your Eye remains one of New Zealand's biggest selling sports books.
Release date NZ
May 1st, 2010
illustrations, some colour
Country of Publication
New Zealand
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