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, the day the entire Wales team was sent off, and when in an astonishing turn of events underdog Japan trimphed and beat South Africa (and who doesn't love an underdog). 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.
Author: Stephen Cooper
Publisher: The History Press
Release Date: 2015-08-03
The first book to tell the story of how the Great War inspired the greatest rugby tournament in the worldAs Britain's Empire went to war in August 1914, rugby players were the first to volunteer. They led from the front and paid a disproportionate price. In 1919, a grateful Mother Country hosted a rugby tournament: sevens teams at eight venues, playing 17 matches to declare a first "world champion." There had never been an international team tournament like it. For the first time teams from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, Britain, and France were assembled in one place. Rugby held the first ever "World Cup." It was a moment of triumph, a celebration of military victory, of Commonwealth and Allied unity, and of rugby values, moral and physical. In 2015 the tournament returns to England as the world remembers the Centenary of the Great War. Values of teamwork, respect, and discipline were forged and tested in war—and enjoyment of rugby helped men through it. This is the story of rugby's journey through World War I to its first World Cup, and how those values endure today.
A fascinating collection of true stories about cricket's oddest matches - ranging from the bizarre to the downright hilarious. Drawn from the lengthy annals of the game's history, Cricket's Strangest Matches is a must for all cricket enthusiasts and for anyone interested in the history of the sport.Other titles in the series: Football's Strangest Matches (9781907554087), Rugby's Strangest Matches (9781907554063) and Golf's Strangest Rounds (9781907554070).
Some might say there's nothing funny about scrums, cauliflower ears, and the sin bin. Rugby Wit begs to differ. This latest addition to the celebrated "Wit" series raises the cross-bar, bringing you hundreds of rugby related quotes that range from the hilarious to the philosophical. For anyone who knows their league from their union, this marvelous tome has more than enough for you to tackle. And for those who still think a hooker is a scantily clad lady of the night, it's worth a try.
Welcome to the weird, wonderful and two-wheeled world of cycling. Though this isnt the usual side of professional cycling the newspapers report. This is the real world of cycling, the strange and twisted nooks and crannies of the sports bizarre history! Cycling is nearly two hundred years old. The velocipede invented by Baron Karl von Drais in 1817 started the craze for the two-wheeled machine that has had a renaissance few would have predicted. During those decades, bicycles have thrown up more than their fair share of extraordinary and bizarre stories. Iain Spragg has trawled the bicycle history books to give you the most fascinating collection of stories, from the first bicycle trip across the globe (an Englishman on a penny farthing in 1886, of course), the 1904 Tour de France winner who was disqualified when it emerged he had caught the train, the 1937 Japanese invasion of China spearheaded by 50,000 bicycle-mounted troops, and the Japanese enthusiast who stayed stationary on a bike for 5 and a half hours in 1965. With stories from amateur and professional cycling, this is a thoroughly entertaining collection of tales for any two-wheeled enthusiast.
Author: John Scally
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: 2011-08-04
Genre: Sports & Recreation
Bursting with humour and full of amusing anecdotes, 100 Irish Rugby Greats is a unique celebration of the most significant stars of the sport from the 1930s to the present day. A veritable who’s who of Irish rugby, it takes in all of the true greats, including Jack Kyle, Tony O’Reilly, Mike Gibson, Willie John McBride, Moss Keane, Keith Wood, Brian O’Driscoll and Paul O’Connell. Many of the in-depth and revealing profiles are based on interviews with the legends themselves, as well as with those who have lined up against them. The result offers remarkable insights into the myriad controversies, epic matches, thrilling contests and pivotal events on and off the field in which each player has been involved. Written with an insider’s knowledge, 100 Irish Rugby Greats will prove to be a thrilling read for all fans of the sport.
A visual history of rugby's greatest sporting event, this beautiful photographic book is a fascinating chronological exploration of the matches, teams, heroes and surrounding stories of the tournament. Each chapter covers a Rugby World Cup, starting with the inaugural competition in 1987 - in which New Zealand confirmed their status as the world's top rugby nation - to the historical 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa after the end of apartheid and the international sports boycott through England's fantastic win in 2003 breaking the southern hemisphere's dominance, up to the 2015 qualifiers. The book also looks ahead to Rugby World Cup 2019, with Japan as host city. Each photograph has been carefully selected to give a real glimpse into this great tournament. The ideal, collectable gift for any rugby fan, written by a rugby expert.
Author: T. Lipscombe
Publisher: Nottingham University Press
Release Date: 2009-09-01
Genre: Sports & Recreation
Blending simple physics with anecdotes from the world of rugby, this informative reference demonstrates how to improve rugby techniques. Tackling, passing, running, and kicking are analyzed from a scientific perspective, incorporating Newton’s Laws, and then discussed in the wider context of the game. This valuable guide will not only instruct but also entertain sports-oriented students of all levels.
Author: Huw Richards
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: 2011-09-30
Genre: Sports & Recreation
Rugby union has undergone immense change in the past two decades - introducing a World Cup, accepting professionalism and creating a global market in players - yet no authoritative English-language general history of the game has been published in that time. Until now. A Game for Hooligans brings the game's colourful story up to date to include the 2007 World Cup. It covers all of the great matches, teams and players but also explores the social, political and economic changes that have affected the course of rugby's development. It is an international history, covering not only Britain and France but also the great rugby powers of the southern hemisphere and other successful rugby nations, including Argentina, Fiji and Japan. Contained within are the answers to many intriguing questions concerning the game, such as why 1895 is the most important date in both rugby-union and rugby-league history and how New Zealand became so good and have remained so good for so long. There is also a wealth of anecdotes, including allegations of devil-worship at a Welsh rugby club and an account of the game's contribution to the Cuban Revolution. This is a must-read for any fan of the oval ball.
Author: David Martin
Release Date: 2012-01-17
After playing rugby, one of the most physically challenging games you can play, both sides shake hands and walk off the field together—and then sit down to a pint and a meal. The Hooligan’s Table showcases the spirit of camaraderie for which rugby is known around the world and across the table. Author David Martin brings over thirty years of playing rugby and going to the pub after rugby games to the writing of this book. He has included recipes such as cheddar and stout soup, beer can chicken, the hangover cure sandwich, and cowboy cookies—all of which come from players, coaches, friends, and pubs where rugby is on the menu as well. In addition to providing the recipes for the definitive rugby meal, this collection also offers energetic stories of games and meals; it invites you to sit down with other rugby players at The Hooligan’s Table. In the spirit of rugby, everyone’s invited; discover some great ways to create your own hooligan’s table.
Author: Matthew Jones
Release Date: 2015-08-01
Here's an opportunity to test the old grey matter. This rugby quiz book contains fifty rounds of ten questions. These reflect some of the fantastic or maybe more unusual moments of rugby from all over the world.
Fishing's Strangest Tales gathers together choice stories and bizarre fishing tales from all over the world. Consider the Oxford scientist who in 1910 discovered the marvellous life-giving properties of brandy to fish who had otherwise gasped their last. Or how about the nine-year-old boy fishing for trout who caught a large mussel containing no less than forty pearls and managed to earn more in one day than his father, a farm worker, had earned in the last five years. Fishing's Strangest Days is full of fascinating tales that may sound fishy and unbelievable but will have have you caught hook, line and sinker. Word count: 45,000
Author: Jim Chumley
Release Date: 2014-01-06
Genre: English wit and humor
Why is a successful rugby team like a lingerie shop? It has a wide variety of cups and plenty of support. Some might say there's nothing funny about cauliflower ears and scrums, but this little book begs to differ. Packed with rib-tickling jokes, Rugby's Funniest Jokes is perfect for any fan of the sport with the odd-shaped ball.
Played for at least two centuries, with roots stretching back into the Middle Ages, rugby remains a rough sport played by rugged men. Nearly 300 remarkable black-and-white photographs present the early days of the sport as most have never seen it. Images capture supporters making their way to the match, field workers preparing the pitch, action shots of such legendary players as Bill Beaumont and Cec Ryan, and teams including South Africa's famed Springboks. Both amateur and professional rugby is featured, with photographs documenting the frenzied tries and brutal scrums, as well as famed stadiums including England's Wembley and Leytonstone.
‘Takes the reader as close as it is possible to get, short of invading the pitch’ - The Scotsman ‘A gem of a book’ - The Herald ‘remarkable . . . an unmissable tome’ - The Evening News From rugby union’s first ever Test match all the way through to the present day, David Barnes, Peter Burns and John Griffiths delve to the heart of Scottish rugby as the greatest players recount their experiences of representing their country at Murrayfield and around the world. Featuring the thoughts of 175 players who have represented Scotland since that first match at Raeburn Place in 1871, Behind the Thistle gives a unique insight into the drama and emotion of playing for Scotland - it is a story of great joys and heart-breaking lows, of victories against the odds and of shattering last-gasp defeats; but above all it is a story of unity, friendship and the unbreakable bonds of a brotherhood. This is a history of Scottish rugby like no other - told, definitively, by the men who have been there and done it.