By Tony Collins
From the parable of William Webb Ellis to the consideration of the 2003 global Cup win, this booklet explores the social background of rugby union in England.
Ever in view 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 historical past, prime 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 international professionalism.
Based on exceptional entry to the legit information of the Rugby soccer Union, and drawing on a powerful array of assets from membership mins to private memoirs and modern literature, the booklet explores in bright element the major occasions, personalities and avid gamers that experience made English rugby.
From an period of swift development on the finish of the 19th century, during the negative losses suffered in the course of the First international conflict and the following ‘rush to rugby’ within the public and grammar faculties, and into the sessions 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 recent England.
Like the entire best possible writers on game, Tony Collins makes use of game as a prism by which to raised comprehend either tradition and society. A ground-breaking paintings of either social historical past and recreation heritage, A Social historical past of English Rugby Union tells a desirable tale of wearing endeavour, masculine id, imperial ideology, social awareness and the character of Englishness.
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