By Tony Collins
From the parable of William Webb Ellis to the dignity of the 2003 international Cup win, this ebook explores the social background of rugby union in England.
Ever on the grounds that Tom Brown’s Schooldays the game has visible itself because the mother or father of conventional English middle-class values. during this attention-grabbing new heritage, major rugby historian Tony Collins demonstrates how those values have formed the English online game, from the general public faculties to mass spectator activity, from strict amateurism to worldwide professionalism.
Based on extraordinary entry to the professional records of the Rugby soccer Union, and drawing on a powerful array of assets from membership mins to private memoirs and modern literature, the ebook explores in vibrant aspect the main occasions, personalities and gamers that experience made English rugby.
From an period of fast development on the finish of the 19th century, during the bad losses suffered throughout the First international warfare and the following ‘rush to rugby’ within the public and grammar colleges, and into the classes of disorientation and commercialisation within the Nineteen Sixties via to the current day, the tale of English rugby union can be the tale of the making of contemporary England.
Like all of the absolute best writers on game, Tony Collins makes use of activity as a prism by which to raised comprehend either tradition and society. A ground-breaking paintings of either social historical past and activity background, A Social heritage of English Rugby Union tells a desirable tale of carrying endeavour, masculine id, imperial ideology, social awareness and the character of Englishness.
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A Social History of English Rugby Union by Tony Collins