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Rugby's Great Split

RRP $656.99

Since ita (TM)s first publication, Rugbya (TM)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 Englanda (TM)s northern working class.

Tony Collinsa (TM) analysis challenges many of the conventional assumptions about this key event in rugby history a " 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 leaguea (TM)s failure to establish itself in Wales.

Rugbya (TM)s Great Split is a benchmark text in the history of rugby, and an absorbing case study of wider issues a " 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 Britaina (TM)s social history or in the emergence of modern sport, it is vital reading.


French Rugby Football

RRP $295.99

As France's oldest team sport, rugby football has throughout its 125-year history reflected major changes in French society. This book analyzes for the first time the complex variety of motives that have led the French to adopt and remake this rather unlikely British sport in their own image. A major site for the construction of masculine, class-based regional and national identities, France's tradition of 'Champagne rugby' continues to be as subject to dramatic upheavals as the society that produced it. The game's precocious professionalism and endemic violence have not infrequently caused the French to be cast as international pariahs. Such isolation, exacerbated by internal politics, has led the French not only to encourage the extension of the sport beyond its British imperial base (into Italy and Romania, for instance), but also to engage in some uncomfortable tactical alliances, most obviously with apartheid South Africa.

Taking his analysis both on and off the field, the author tackles these issues and much more: the relationship of sport and the state (including particularly the Vichy period and the period under de Gaulle); professionalization; the persistence of colonial and postcolonial structures (including the role of ethnic minorities); and gender issues - especially masculine identities. At the same time he links the evolution of the sport to the broader context of French socio-economic, political and cultural history.

This book will be essential reading for anyone interested in the cultural analysis of sport or French popular culture.


Rugby's Strangest Matches

RRP $19.99

Rugby fans will delight in this astonishing collection of outlandish stories from the past 150 years of the game. Here you'll find, among many other curious events, the Irish international who arranged his marriage in order to play against England, the team of top soccer players who beat their rugby counterparts at their own game, and the day the entire Wales team were sent off. The tales in this book are bizarre, fascinating, and, most importantly, true.

Revised, redesigned and updated for 2016, this book makes the perfect gift for the rugby obsessive in your life.

About the Author

John Griffiths is a regular contributor to the Daily Telegraph's rugby column, and the author of several sports books, including The Book Of English International Rugby, The Book Of International Rugby Records, British Lions and The Five Nations Championship.



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