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Hard Men of Rugby

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Hard Men of Rugby

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Author: Luke Upton

ISBN: 9781912631285

Publication Date: 15 October 2020

Publisher: Y Lolfa, Tal-y-bont

Format: Paperback, 215x140 mm, 216 pages

Language: English

The gruesome stories of the hardest, most ruthless rugby players from around the world since World War I. As talented as they were fiery, many were just as lively off the pitch as on it. In our era of citing commissioners, super slow-motion replays and trial by social media, some of their actions are quite hard to believe! Foreword by Nigel Owens.

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Table of Contents:

Foreword by Nigel Owens


Paddy Mayne

Brian Lima

Wayne Shelford

Bobby Windsor

Colin Meads

Jerry Collins

Norm Hadley

David Bedell-Sivright

Scott Gibbs

Gérard Cholley

Trevor Brennan

Wade Dooley

Bakkies Botha

Tomás Lavanini

Jacques Burger

Armand Vaquerin

Martin Johnson

Brian Thomas

Sébastien Chabal

Weary Dunlop

Author acknowledgements



Author Biography:

Born and bred in South Wales, Luke Upton’s first job was selling match-day lottery tickets for Swansea RFC. He now lives in London, where after working in the sports industry for five years, he is now a business journalist. He co-runs @NotGavHenson, the spoof rugby account now regularly amusing over 41,000 followers on Twitter, and is the author of hilarious satirical rugby novel Absolutely Huge.

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The true stories behind 20 of the toughest players to ever play the game, from pre-WWI firebrands to modern-day YouTube sensations. They are shocking, gruesome, often very funny and sometimes tragic, but what unites these men is their total commitment to the sport. Irrespective of size, reputation or opposition, they never took a step back, and many were as lively off the pitch as they were fi ery on it. In our era of citing commissioners, slow-motion replays and trial by social media, some of their actions are hard to believe.

Featuring exclusive interviews with some of the players themselves, insights from former teammates and a foreword from refereeing legend Nigel Owens, if you love the characters that make rugby great, then this is the book for you.