By Tony Collins
From the parable of William Webb Ellis to the consideration of the 2003 international Cup win, this booklet explores the social heritage of rugby union in England.
Ever on account that Tom Brown’s Schooldays the game has obvious itself because the parent of conventional English middle-class values. during this interesting new heritage, best rugby historian Tony Collins demonstrates how those values have formed the English online game, from the general public faculties to mass spectator game, from strict amateurism to international professionalism.
Based on unparalleled entry to the reputable records of the Rugby soccer Union, and drawing on a powerful array of resources from membership mins to private memoirs and modern literature, the publication explores in brilliant aspect the most important occasions, personalities and gamers that experience made English rugby.
From an period of swift development on the finish of the 19th century, throughout the poor losses suffered through the First international warfare and the next ‘rush to rugby’ within the public and grammar colleges, and into the classes of disorientation and commercialisation within the Sixties via to the current day, the tale of English rugby union is usually the tale of the making of contemporary England.
Like all of the best possible writers on recreation, Tony Collins makes use of recreation as a prism in which to raised comprehend either tradition and society. A ground-breaking paintings of either social background and activity historical past, A Social historical past of English Rugby Union tells a desirable tale of wearing endeavour, masculine identification, imperial ideology, social cognizance and the character of Englishness.
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