Behind the Silver Fern

Author: Tony Johnson,Lynn McConnell

Publisher: Birlinn Ltd

ISBN: 0857903330

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 544

View: 4979


Go behind the scenes with the world's most successful sports team Behind the Silver Fern is a comprehensive 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 the 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 coaches from across the decades, Behind the Silver Fern unveils the compelling truth of what it means to play for the team that has dominated Test match rugby for over a century and become the most successful team in the history of sport – 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 All Black rugby – told, definitively, by the men who have been there and done it.

Behind the Silver Fern

Author: Tony Johnson,Lynn McConnell

Publisher: Mower

ISBN: 9781927262863

Category:

Page: N.A

View: 6118


Go behind the scenes with the world's most successful sports team.This is a complete history of the All Blacks told by the players themselves. From the legendary 1905 "Originals" to Richie McCaw's record-breaking back-to-back World Cup champions of 2015, this is the history of the All Blacks as they have never been seen before.Exclusive archival and new material garnered from a vast array of players and coaches, Behind the Silver Fern unveils the compelling truth of what it means to wear the jersey - all the trials and tribulations behind the scenes, the glory, drama and honour on the field, and the bonds of brotherhood that tie these men together. Absorbing and illuminating, this is the ultimate story of the ABs, 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: 9370


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

Behind the Silver Fern

Author: Tony Johnson,Lynn McConnell

Publisher: Arena Sport

ISBN: 0857903330

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 400

View: 1742


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.

Ken Scotland

Author: Ken Scotland

Publisher: Birlinn Ltd

ISBN: 1913538044

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

View: 6584


'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.

Hard Men of Rugby

Author: Luke Upton

Publisher: Y Lolfa

ISBN: 1800990065

Category:

Page: 216

View: 4120


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: 6450


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: 4607


'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.

Fern Verdant and the Silver Rose

Author: Diana Leszczynski

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 0375891455

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 312

View: 7431


FERN WISHES SHE had normal parents and a normal name. Instead, she has eccentric botanist parents who named her Fern, after her father’s favorite plant. Lily, Fern’s mother, assures her one day she’ll understand their love of plants, but Fern can’t believe it. She hates plants and could do with less of them in her life. Then Lily disappears suddenly while attending to a mysterious and rare Silver Rose. Fern and her dad are heartbroken, but have no idea what could have happened, until one day, Fern learns she has a one-of-a-kind talent: she can communicate with plants, and so could her mother! Using her newfound skill, she learns that her mother is in terrible danger, and she is the only one who can save her. With a little help from her friends, the plants . . .