By Tony Collins
From the parable of William Webb Ellis to the dignity of the 2003 global Cup win, this e-book explores the social historical past of rugby union in England.
Ever considering that Tom Brown’s Schooldays the game has visible itself because the mum or dad of conventional English middle-class values. during this interesting new historical past, top rugby historian Tony Collins demonstrates how those values have formed the English online game, from the general public faculties to mass spectator recreation, from strict amateurism to worldwide professionalism.
Based on extraordinary entry to the professional documents of the Rugby soccer Union, and drawing on a magnificent array of resources from membership mins to non-public memoirs and modern literature, the publication explores in brilliant element the main occasions, personalities and gamers that experience made English rugby.
From an period of speedy development on the finish of the 19th century, during the negative losses suffered in the course of the First global warfare and the following ‘rush to rugby’ within the public and grammar faculties, and into the classes of disorientation and commercialisation within the Sixties via to the current day, the tale of English rugby union is additionally the tale of the making of recent England.
Like the entire best possible writers on activity, 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 game background, A Social heritage of English Rugby Union tells a desirable tale of carrying endeavour, masculine id, imperial ideology, social recognition and the character of Englishness.
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A Social History of English Rugby Union by Tony Collins