100 Irish Rugby Greats
Paperback ISBN: 1780575475
A celebration of the most significant stars of the sport from the 1930s onwards. 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.
Advances in Rugby Coaching
An Holistic Approach
Paperback ISBN: 1138805734
"Contemporary sports coaching studies have moved beyond simple biophysical approaches to more complex understandings of coaching as a set of social relationships and processes. This is the first book to examine what that means in the context of one majorinternational sport, rugby union. Drawing on cutting-edge empirical research in the five most powerful rugby-playing nations, as well as developments in pedagogical and social theory, the book argues for an holistic approach to coaching, coach development and player and team performance, helping to close the gap between coaching theory and applied practice. With player-centered approaches to coaching, such as Game Sense and Teaching Games for Understanding, at the heart of the book, it covers key contemporary topics in coach education such as: Long term coach development Experience and culture in coaching practice Positive coaching for youth rugby Improving decision-making ability Collaborative action research in rugby coaching Informed by work with elite-level rugby coaches, and examining coaching practice in both the full and sevens versions of the game, this book encourages the reader to think critically about their own coaching practice and to consider innovative new approaches to player and coach development. It is essential reading for all students of sports coaching with an interest in rugby, and for any coach, manager or administrator looking to develop better programmes in coach education"--
After the Final Whistle
The First Rugby World Cup and the First World War
Hardcover ISBN: 0750964227
The first book to tell the story of how the Great War inspired the greatest rugby tournament in the world As 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.
The British & Irish Lions
The Official History
Hardcover ISBN: 190953465x
A Rugby Life
Hardcover ISBN: 1785311336
Budge Rogers: A Rugby Life is the long overdue biography of one of rugby's most iconic players, Derek Prior Budge Rogers. The story of the wing forward who lit up rugby grounds around the world in the 1960s and 1970s with dazzling and determined wing play, Rogers is a true rugby great. He captained Bedford RFC for five seasons, including the year they won the National Cup in his last game for the club. He spent nine years as England captain and toured overseas with the British Lions and Barbarians - with many a tale to be told from these trips, which are a real highlight of his story. Rogers's exemplary playing career was followed by years in management and administration at the highest level as both Chairman of England Selectors and President of the RFU. An OBE soon followed. A player who epitomized the best values in the amateur game, he also became a key figure in managing the difficult transition of rugby from its amateur status into the modern, professional game we know today. Budge Rogers: A Rugby Life gives a unique insight into the life of this electrifying wing forward and his time at the top of the sport.
Complete Conditioning for Rugby
Paperback ISBN: 0736098305
A focused conditional program has become essential ton on-field rugby success. Pook presents a comprehensive training approach that builds players' physical abilities as well as the rugby-specific skills their positions require.
Hardcover ISBN: 1864712732
Darren Lockyer will celebrate his 34th birthday this year. Of those 34 years, 17 have been spent putting his body through hell in perhaps the toughest football competition on the planet. Lockyer has, quite literally, spent half his lifetime in the NRL. By season's end Lockyer is set to hold the alltime appearance record for club, state, and country. The remarkable longevity of Lockyer's excellence has earned him the respect of fellow athletes around the world and the adoration of fans everywhere. But while undoubtedly one of the most recognizable athletes in Australia, Lockyer has largely maintained his privacy, rarely, if ever, allowing fans a look at the man behind the man. In this book Lockyer, for the first time, opens up on the people, places, incidents, and events which have shaped the life and career of an Australian sporting icon. From his days growing up and working at the familyowned truck stop on the outskirts of a tiny Queensland town, to his arrival at the Broncos as a teenage sensation, and subsequent ascension toward rugby league immortality, Lockyer will shed new light on some of the biggest names and stories of the past two decades. Contributions from Lockyer's family and friends, as well as legendary figures give this book a unique edge, each providing a rare insight into their view on Lockyer the player, the leader, and the man.
The Essential All Blackography
The Indispensable Guide to Every All Black
Hardcover ISBN: 1927262941
A new edition of the indispensable guide to every All Blacks from the very first player—James Allan in 1884—to the most recent crop selected for the All Blacks end-of-year tour in 2016. A headshot of every player is accompanied by a potted biography, including playing statistics. Includes the evolution of the All Blacks jersey, and a comprehensive statistical section.
A Collection of the Best AFL Stories
Paperback ISBN: 1743313179
From the magnificent moments on the field to the moments of despair off it, this collection of AFL stories will captivate fans of the game and those interested in great sports writing. Featuring a range of columnists and reporters, including the award-winning Greg Baum, Caroline Wilson, Rohan Connolly, Emma Quayle, and Jake Niall, this collection captures the moments from the turn of the century, delving behind the statistics, examining the people, teams, and emotions that make the game. From Carey to Cousins, Judd to Franklin, Sheedy to Lyon, the dark days of the Blues to the dynasties of the Brisbane Lions and Geelong, and everything in between, it offers a winning combination of fascinating topics and top-notch writers. Whether the memories of yesteryear are still vivid or flickering, here is your chance to relive those moments in fine detail.