By Tony Collins
From the parable of William Webb Ellis to the honor of the 2003 global Cup win, this publication explores the social heritage of rugby union in England.
Ever when you consider that Tom Brown’s Schooldays the game has visible itself because the mother or father of conventional English middle-class values. during this interesting new historical past, major rugby historian Tony Collins demonstrates how those values have formed the English video game, from the general public faculties to mass spectator recreation, from strict amateurism to international professionalism.
Based on unheard of entry to the professional files of the Rugby soccer Union, and drawing on a magnificent array of assets from membership mins to non-public memoirs and modern literature, the publication explores in vibrant element the foremost occasions, personalities and avid gamers that experience made English rugby.
From an period of fast development on the finish of the 19th century, throughout the bad losses suffered in the course of the First global battle and the next ‘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 contemporary England.
Like all of the absolute best writers on recreation, Tony Collins makes use of recreation as a prism in which to higher comprehend either tradition and society. A ground-breaking paintings of either social heritage and recreation background, A Social historical past of English Rugby Union tells a desirable tale of carrying endeavour, masculine id, imperial ideology, social attention and the character of Englishness.