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A Social History of English Rugby Union


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Table of Contents

1. Tom Brown's Game 2. The Amateur Game 3. A Man's Game 4. The War Game 5. The Middle-Class Game 6. The Imperial Game 7. A Player's Game 8. A Divided Game 9. A Reborn Game? Epilogue

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Leeds Metropolitan University, UK


"This is sports history at its best -- bringing the skills and standards of serious history to areas too often dominated by myth and hearsay. With an eye for anecdote, Collins makes a serious contribution to our knowledge of English rugby and disposes of more than a few conventional assumptions about the modern game." Huw Richards, Financial Times "This is a masterful analysis of the creation and culture of English rugby. In telling this compelling story Collins has lit up the past in a way that could provide answers to current problems, on and off the field, if English rugby is prepared to confront its own history." Spiro Zavos, Sydney Morning Herald "A brilliant book", Yorkshire Evening Post "Tony Collins' engrossing history is full of unexpected facts -- for instance, in the 1880s rugby was far more popular in the north than association football, and the Yorkshire Cup attracted greater crowds than the FA Cup final. But it also examines the conservative, middle-class social attitudes that have always underpinned the game." Simon Redfern, The Independent, Sports Book of the Week "An unexpected treat", Peter Wilby, New Statesman "Well researched and written, as may be expected from a Professor of the Social History of Sport, Collins takes his academic skills and creates a very readable overview of why and how the game of Rugby Union has evolved within England. I found it an immensely enjoyable and informative read and quite accessible to both the student and casual reader alike." Adrian Hunter, The Rugby History Society "A fascinating look at the construction of England's rugby identity", Michael Moynihan, Irish Examiner "I would warmly recommend it to anyone whose main interest lies in league [sic]", Dave Hadfield, Rugby League World "What do you get when you mix one of the world's leading sports historians with one of the best sports archives bar none? One hell of a read, that's what. A must for your bookshelf", Alan Pearey, Rugby World magazine

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