A Social History of English Rugby Union by Tony Collins

By Tony Collins

From the parable of William Webb Ellis to the dignity of the 2003 international Cup win, this publication explores the social historical past of rugby union in England.

Ever because Tom Brown’s Schooldays the game has noticeable itself because the mum or dad 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 colleges to mass spectator recreation, from strict amateurism to worldwide professionalism.

Based on unheard of entry to the legitimate documents of the Rugby soccer Union, and drawing on a powerful array of assets from membership mins to non-public memoirs and modern literature, the ebook explores in shiny element the most important occasions, personalities and gamers that experience made English rugby.

From an period of speedy development on the finish of the 19th century, throughout the poor losses suffered throughout the First international struggle and the next ‘rush to rugby’ within the public and grammar colleges, 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 recreation as a prism during which to higher comprehend either tradition and society. A ground-breaking paintings of either social historical past and game historical past, A Social historical past of English Rugby Union tells a desirable tale of wearing endeavour, masculine id, imperial ideology, social realization and the character of Englishness.

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