Behind the Silver Fern

Author: Tony Johnson,Lynn McConnell

Publisher: Arena Sport

ISBN: 0857903330

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 400

View: 4249


Go behind the scenes with the world's most successful sports team. This is a complete history of rugby's most famous yet enigmatic team, the New Zealand All Blacks, told by the men who have had the honour of wearing the iconic black jersey. From the legendary 1905 'Originals' all the way through to Richie McCaw's record-breaking back-to-back World Cup champions of 2015, this is a history of the All Blacks like you have never experienced it before. Thanks to exhaustive archival research and exclusive new material garnered from a vast array of interviews with players and coachesfrom across the decades, Behind the All Blacks unveils the compelling truth of what it means to play for the team that has dominated Test match rugby for over a century - all the trials and tribulations behind the scenes, the glory, the drama and the honour on the field, and the passionate friendships and bonds of a brotherhood off it. Absorbing and illuminating, this is the ultimate history of New Zealand rugby - told, definitively, by the men who have been there and done it.

Behind the Silver Fern

Author: Tony Johnson,Lynn McConnell

Publisher: Arena Sport

ISBN: 9781909715424

Category: Rugby Union football

Page: 400

View: 6965


This is a complete history of rugby's most famous yet enigmatic team, the New Zealand All Blacks, told by the men who have had the honour of wearing the iconic black jersey. From the legendary 1905 'Originals' all the way through to Richie McCaw's record-breaking back-to-back World Cup champions of 2015, this is a history of the All Blacks like you have never experienced it before

Ken Scotland

Author: Ken Scotland

Publisher: Birlinn Ltd

ISBN: 1913538044

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

View: 4229


'A rugby book for the ages. A beguiling, intimate chronicle of a lost world' – Hugh MacDonald ‘I have never seen a more complete full back than Ken Scotland. He played classical rugby with a romantic touch . . . an unusual as well as fascinating book’ – Allan Massie 'One of the greatest of all time' – Rugby World 'The mere mention of his name brings a smile to the faces of those who watched him in his pomp' – The Scotsman Ken Scotland was born on 29 August 1936 within sight of Heriot’s Goldenacre ground, which he would go onto grace with great panache and skill several years later. A prodigious talent at fly-half while at school, he was converted into a full-back during the international trials of 1957 and was capped in that position against France at Colombes just a few weeks later, scoring all of his country’s points as the Scots recorded their first win on French soil since 1949. Having joined the army after leaving school, Scotland then attended Cambridge University and it was from there that he was selected for the 1959 British & Irish Lions tour to Australia and New Zealand. During this epic four-month tour he won plaudits far and wide as one of the superstars of the Lions’ team. Using entries from the dairy he kept during this tour, Scotland brings to life one of the great Lions expeditions, taking us right into the heart of the changing rooms, hotels, bars and in the heat of battle on the field. Scotland played in five Tests for the Lions and won a total of twenty-seven caps for his country before retiring in 1965 with a reputation as one of the finest players ever to play for Scotland well established. He would continue to play club rugby for several years afterwards while enjoying a successful business career. At eighty-three he has finally decided to tell his life story and has created a rich and powerful testimony to his life and rugby career, throwing new light on his own achievements as well as providing fresh insight the great players of his era. With a foreword by Allan Massie, the doyen of Scottish rugby journalism, this an autobiography that is as fascinating as it is evocative of a time and a game long past, and is a must-read for rugby fans of all generations.

The Mammoth Book of Steampunk

Author: Sean Wallace

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1780331355

Category: Fiction

Page: 512

View: 5303


An anthology focusing on newer elements of steampunk, one which deconstructs the staples of the genre and expands on them, rather than simply repeating them, with a greater spread both in terms of location and character. This is steampunk with a modern, post-colonial sensibility. Contributors include: Jeff VanderMeer, Caitlín Kiernan, Mary Robinette Kowal, Jay Lake, Cherie Priest, Cat Rambo, Catherynne M. Valente, Genevieve Valentine and many more.

Hard Men of Rugby

Author: Luke Upton

Publisher: Y Lolfa

ISBN: 1800990065

Category:

Page: 216

View: 6590


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.

When Lions Roared

Author: Tom English,Peter Burns

Publisher: Birlinn Ltd

ISBN: 0857903438

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 328

View: 7815


When Lions Roared: The Lions, the All Blacks and the Legendary Tour of 1971 – Longlisted for the 2017 William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award The 1971 British & Irish Lions tour of Australia and New Zealand has gone down in history as one of the greatest of all time. When the enigmatic Carwyn James was appointed as coach, he faced a gruelling schedule: two matches against powerful provincial sides in Australia packed with Test players, then a hop across the Tasman Sea for a twenty-four-match slog around New Zealand, which would include a four-Test series against the All Blacks, the best side on the planet. No Lions team had ever defeated the All Blacks in a Test series. Since 1904, six Lions sides had travelled to New Zealand and all had returned home with their tails between their legs. But in 1971 a tour party led by John Dawes set out to carve their names into the annals of the sport with their assault on the great bastion of world rugby. Lying in wait were team after team of hardened rugby warriors and an All Blacks side filled with legends of the game. But as the Lions began to sweep their way across the length and breadth of the country, displaying ferocity and magic in equal measure, it became clear that a Test series of epic proportions was set to unfold. When Lions Roared delves into the very heart of that famous summer as Lions, All Blacks and provincial players recount their memories to bring to life one of the most celebrated tours in rugby history - one that changed the game forever and continues to resonate powerfully to this day.

No Borders

Author: Tom English

Publisher: Birlinn

ISBN: 0857908448

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 352

View: 820


'I get stressed before games sometimes. I get a fear of the feeling that you get when you lose. You'd be looking out the window of the team bus and there’d be fellas drinking pints and you’d be almost jealous. You wish you were out there with them having a sup of that pint'- PAUL O’CONNELL 'That was the thing about playing with the northern boys: we transcended politics. It didn’t take too long for me to reconcile my Republican heritage with the diverse political and religious backgrounds of my team-mates. There was no border in the Irish dressing room' - MOSS KEANE From Jack Kyle's immortals to Brian O’Driscoll’s golden generation, this is the story of Irish rugby told in the players' words. Celebrated rugby writer Tom English embarks on a pilgrimage through the four provinces to reveal the fascinating and illuminating story of playing Test rugby in the green of Ireland - all the glory of victory, all the pain of defeat, and all the camaraderie behind the scenes. But more than a nostalgic look back through the years, this is a searing portrait of the effects of politics and religion on Irish sport, a story of great schisms and volatile divisions, but also a story of the profound unity, passionate friendships and bonds of a brotherhood. With exclusive new material garnered from 115 interviews with players and coaches from across the decades, No Borders unveils the compelling truth of what it means to play for Ireland at Lansdowne Road, Croke Park, the Aviva Stadium and around the world. This is the ultimate history of Irish rugby - told, definitively, by the men who have been there and done it.

Behind the Silver Fern

Author: Tony Johnson,Lynn McConnell

Publisher: Arena Sport

ISBN: 9781913538200

Category:

Page: 400

View: 325


Go behind the scenes with the world's most successful sports team. This is a complete history of rugby's most famous yet enigmatic team, the New Zealand All Blacks, told by the men who have had the honor of wearing the iconic black jersey.

The Dictionary of New Zealand English

Author: H. W. Orsman

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: N.A

Category: English language

Page: 965

View: 2057


The Dictionary of New Zealand English provides a unique historical record of New Zealand words and phrases, from their earliest use to the present day. The 6,000 main headword entries and 9,300 separate sub-entries provide fascinating insights into New Zealand's diverse linguistic heritage. The definitions are illustrated by 47,000 select quotations arranged in chronological order from the earliest to the latest. The origin of each headword is discussed. The Dictionary of New Zealand English is an essential reference for those interested in New Zealand society, history and culture, and makes an invaluable contribution to the study of the English language worldwide.

Behind the Lions [enhanced edition]

Author: Stephen Jones,Tom English,Nick Cain,David Barnes

Publisher: Birlinn

ISBN: 0857905309

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 576

View: 3676


This enhanced edition contains match footage highlights from every tour from 1955 to 2009, additional photographs and text, as well as a statistical section and an abridged history of the Lions. This is the history of the British & Irish Lions... in their own words. For 125 years the British & Irish Lions have stood out as a symbol of the ethics, values and romance at the heart of rugby union. To represent the Lions is the pinnacle for every international player in Britain and Ireland, and the dream of tens of thousands of avid fans who follow them. A Lions tour, undertaken every four years to the southern hemisphere, is more than a series of rugby matches played out on foreign fields; it is an epic crusade where the chosen few face a succession of mental and physical challenges on their way to the Test arena, where they do battle with the superpowers of the world game. Behind the Lions sees four esteemed rugby writers from each of the Home Nations delve to the very heart of what it means to be a Lion, using diaries and letters from those who pioneered the concept, to interviews with a vast array of players who have followed in their footsteps. In so doing they have uncovered the passion, pride and honour experienced when taking up the unique challenge of a Lions tour. This is a tale of heart-break and ecstasy, humour and poignancy that is at once inspirational, moving and utterly compelling. And it is the only story worth hearing: the players' own.