• "Nobody who enjoys both rugby and reading can fail to like this book"

    Iain Sproat, Scotland on Sunday
  • "A rich and pointed and yet loving trawl through the heroic undercard of rugby"

    Stephen Jones
  • "Wonderful... This is rugger in the blood, the blind love that sometimes knows no reason save that it is there and there is nothing to be done about it"

    David Hands, The Times
  • "The book rugby has been waiting for... A likeable, literate and landmark tour de force which unravels and illuminates all the cultural strands, as well as putting the World Cup in perspective"

    Frank Keating
  • "An elegiac, fascinating and insightful book"


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