Rugby's Strangest Matches

Extraordinary but true stories from over a century of rugby

Author: John Griffiths

Publisher: Pavilion Books

ISBN: 1911042297

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 256

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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.

Football's Strangest Matches

Extraordinary but true stories from over a century of football

Author: Andrew Ward

Publisher: Pavilion Books

ISBN: 1911042289

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 304

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‘It’s a funny old game.’ The world’s favourite sport has certainly given us its fair share of strange moments, and this absorbing collection gathers together the best of them, from more than a century of the beautiful game. From Blackburn Rovers’ one-man team to Wilfred Minter’s seven-goal haul in which he still ended up on the losing side, here are goals and gaffes galore drawn from all levels of the footballing world, whether high-profile internationals or the lowest tiers of domestic football. The stories in this book are bizarre, fascinating, hilarious, and, most importantly, true. Revised, redesigned and updated for a new generation of football fanatics, this book is the perfect gift for the soccer obsessive in your life.

Cricket's Strangest Matches

Extraordinary but true stories from over a century of cricket

Author: Andrew Ward

Publisher: Pavilion Books

ISBN: 1910232459

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 300

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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).

Golf's Strangest Rounds

Extraordinary But True Tales from a Century of Golf

Author: Andrew Ward

Publisher: Pavilion Books

ISBN: 1910232238

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 300

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Golf's Strangest Rounds presents a fascinating collection of the game's most memorable moments together with bizarre tales from the lengthy annals of the sport's history. There are tales of tragedy, eccentricity, tactical slip-ups and others that seemingly defy categorisation altogether - like 'Mysterious Montague', one of the world's best golfers, but who refused to compete in a single tournament. Numerous legends of the game have also experienced strange rounds in their respective careers, and these include Gene Sarazen, Al Geiberger, Chip Beck, Greg Norman, Robert de Vicenzo and Nick Faldo - all of whom appear in the book for their parts in irrational finishes, record rounds and famous freak shots. Other titles in the series: Football's Strangest Matches (9781907554087), Rugby's Strangest Matches (9781907554063) and Cricket's Strangest Matches (9781907554094).

The Oval World

A Global History of Rugby

Author: Tony Collins

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1408843722

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 560

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Little Bit of Rugby Wit

Quips and Quotes for the Rugby Obsessed

Author: Tom Hay

Publisher: Summersdale Publishers LTD

ISBN: 1786856069

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 128

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‘Rugby is a wonderful show. Dance, opera and, suddenly, the blood of a killing.’ Richard BurtonScrum-down and get stuck into this mini-collection of rugby humour – the very best quips and quotes for lovers of the odd-shaped ball.

A Game for Hooligans

The History of Rugby Union

Author: Huw Richards

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1780573286

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 320

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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.

After the Final Whistle

The First Rugby World Cup and the First World War

Author: Stephen Cooper

Publisher: The History Press

ISBN: 0750965665

Category: History

Page: 256

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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.

Playing House

Author: Amy Andrews

Publisher: Entangled: Brazen

ISBN: 1640633901

Category: Fiction

Page: 247

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Eleanor is content with her boring life—mostly. She’s even fine being the quirky sister in a bevy of beauties. So imagine her surprise when one of her brother’s Sydney Smoke mates hits on her at an engagement party. Her. The weird sister, who wears vintage dresses and prefers her books to parties. Bodie is shocked the next morning to find the soft, sexy virgin who seduced him with corsets is his best friend’s little sister. If he could kick his own ass, he would. And two months later, she’s got an even bigger surprise for him. Now he needs to convince the corset-loving wallflower that he loves her uniqueness if they’ve got a chance at forever. He always did love a challenge... Each book in the Sydney Smoke Rugby series is STANDALONE: * Playing By Her Rules * Playing It Cool * Playing the Player * Playing With Forever * Playing House * Playing Dirty

Law's Strangest Cases

Extraordinary but true tales from over five centuries of legal history

Author: Peter Seddon

Publisher: Pavilion Books

ISBN: 1911042319

Category: History

Page: 304

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A rollicking collection of barely believable stories from five centuries of legal history - you’ll be gripped by these tales of murder, intrigue, crime, punishment and the pursuit of justice. Meet the only dead parrot ever to give evidence in a court of law, the doctor with the worst bedside manner of all time, the murderess who collected money from her mummified victim for 21 years, and explore one of the most indigestible dilemmas - if you’d been shipwrecked 2,000 miles from home, would you have eaten Parker the cabin boy? The tales within these pages are bizarre, fascinating, hilarious and, most importantly, true. Revised, redesigned and updated for a new generation of legal eagles, this book is the perfect gift for lawyers, armchair detectives and true crime afficionados everywhere.

The Rugby Union Quiz Book

Author: Matthew Jones

Publisher: Lolfa

ISBN: 9781784611170

Category:

Page: 128

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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.

This Sporting Life

A Novel

Author: David Storey

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1504015061

Category: Fiction

Page: 248

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A rugby player finds fame and fortune in a bleak mining town, but he cannot outrun the emptiness he feels inside in Man Booker Prize–winning author David Storey’s seminal first novel On Christmas Eve, Arthur breaks his two front teeth. A teammate on the rugby pitch is too slow with a handoff, and instead of catching the ball, Art catches an opponent’s foot right in the mouth. When he regains consciousness, the match is almost over, but he keeps playing regardless. Where else would he go? His entire life, Art has only cared about sports and nothing grabs his attention quite like the lightning-fast violence of Rugby League. He knows it could kill him, but it also makes him feel alive. In this hard-bitten Yorkshire mining town, the warriors of the rugby pitch are treated like gods. Through the aggressive sport, Art finds money, friends, and countless women. But when his lust for violence begins to fade, will he have the courage to leave the game behind?

Rugby: The Golden Age

Extraordinary Images from 1900 to 1980

Author: John Tennant,JPR Williams

Publisher: Cassell

ISBN: 1844032906

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 192

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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.

Running's Strangest Tales

Extraordinary but true tales from over five centuries of running

Author: Ian Spragg

Publisher: Pavilion Books

ISBN: 1911042424

Category:

Page: 304

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Running’s Strangest Tales is a fascinating collection of weird and wonderful stories from the world of running, from the earliest marathon to today’s high-tech, apped-up approach. Within these pages you’ll find the bizarre story of the Norwegian footballer forced to miss a crucial World Cup qualifier after colliding with a moose on his morning jog, the American ultra-marathoner who had all his toenails removed to improve his running, and why some runners at the 2015 Tokyo marathon were wearing GPS-enabled, edible bananas, complete with LEDs and incoming Twitter updates. Packed with tales that are so odd you’ll hardly believe them, this book makes the perfect gift for all running enthusiasts, from the seasoned marathoner to the park jogger, and those who only ever run a bath.

Rugby Wit

Quips and Quotes for the Rugby Obsessed

Author: Richard Benson

Publisher: Summersdale Publishers LTD - ROW

ISBN: 184839540X

Category: Humor

Page: 208

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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 marvellous 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.

Cycling's Strangest Tales

Author: Iain Spragg

Publisher: Pavilion Books

ISBN: 1911042904

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 256

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Extraordinary but true stories from 200 years of cycling history. Part of the bestselling Strangest series, Cycling’s Strangest Tales is a quirky and fascinating collection of stories from cycling’s history. Included are stories of Thomas Stevens, the doughty Englishman who circumnavigated the world on a penny farthing, the 1904 Tour de France winner who was disqualified for catching the train, the 1937 Japanese invasion of China spearheaded by 50,000 bicycle-mounted troops, and the man who soared over nine circus elephants on an ordinary yellow bike. The stories come from every corner of the cycling world, whether it’s the open road, the velodrome or the BMX track. Brought bang up to date for 2017 with a selection of new stories, Cycling’s Strangest Tales is the perfect gift for anyone who’s in love with life on two wheels.

No Helmets Required

The Remarkable Story of the American All Stars

Author: Gavin Willacy

Publisher: Pitch Publishing (Brighton) Ltd

ISBN: 1909626090

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 223

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Sixty years on from 1950s Los Angeles, No Helmets Required tells the story of 20 young American footballers convinced by entrepreneur Mike Dimitro to fly off around the world playing rugby league - a game they’d never even heard of.

The Physics of Rugby

Author: T. Lipscombe

Publisher: Nottingham University Press

ISBN: 1904761178

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 200

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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.

Legends in Black

New Zealand Rugby Greats on Why We Win

Author: Tom Johnson

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 1743486138

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 304

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Legends in Black, a truly special book and the result of unprecedented access to some of the biggest names in New Zealand rugby, reveals the experiences, secrets and reflections of All Black greats on why we win. Through incisive, frank and no-holds-barred interviews, they share thoughts on every aspect of what it means to be an All Black: first being selected, the haka, the evolution of international and provincial rugby, professionalism, team pecking orders, the importance of socialising and camaraderie, technical advances in the game, drugs and alcohol, coaching and leadership.

Rugby's Funniest Jokes

Author: Jim Chumley

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781849535106

Category: English wit and humor

Page: 96

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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.