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A lot of rucking and mauling has gone on since William Webb Ellis first picked up the ball and ran, but this doughty little book heroically manages to capture the true essence of the daddy of all oval ball games in just 80 minutes (plus 20 minutes of overtime). This is the story of rugby as never been told before: a jinking, weaving compilation of surreal match reports, spoof correspondence and quirky cartoons. From the playing fields of Edwardian England's public schools to the canopied splendour of Cardiff's Millennium Stadium, the game's towering achievements, hilarious happenings and ludicrous coincidences are entertainingly recalled
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A lot of shenanigans have gone on in the bedroom since Eve was first led astray by the serpent in the Garden of Eden, and this fearless little book lays bare all the shameless carryings on. Included are starlets posing for centerfolds, defrocked vicars, politicians caught in flagrant delicto with prostitutes, B-List celebrities performing lewd acts on TV game shows, pop divas singing highly suggestive songs, and much, much more. It's enough to shock anybody's maiden aunt and well worth hiding away from the wife and the servants!
Detailing every Test match ever played by the top ten international teams (Argentina, Australia, England, France, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa and Wales) as well as histories and head-to-head statistics for the second and third tier international teams (Canada, Fiji, Georgia, Japan, Namibia, Romania, Russia, Samoa, Tonga, the United States of America and Uruguay), The Complete Rugby Union Compendium is the definitive source of statistical information on Test match rugby union. With over 5,700 entries presented in a visually engaging format, this book also features over 100 facts and anecdotes from more than a century of rugby union and includes fascinating trivia on the Rugby World Cup, global stadia, trophies, tournaments and competitions. In this unique guide, Keith Young has created a veritable treasure trove for all rugby enthusiasts.
This five volume set is a comprehensive collection of primary sources on sports in the late Victorian and Edwardian eras. At the beginning of the period few sports were regulated, but by the outbreak of the First World War organized sports had become an integral part of British cultural, social and economic life. Specialist Martin Polley has collected articles from a wide range of journals including "Blackwood's Magazine,"" Nineteenth Century," "Fortnightly Review" and "Contemporary Review," all of which reveal changing middle-class attitudes to sports. The five volumes cover the varieties of sports being promoted, sports and education, commercial and financial aspects, sports and animals and the globalization of sports through empire.
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