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    DescriptionRugby is not a game for those who think that centres are what you find in a box of Black Magic or who confuse Jonah Lomu with Joanna Lumley. At the same time, it is not a game for the bright: what kind of tortured mind would invent an oval ball? Of course, it helps if you know the rules and don't have any fear. In this respect you are in the same boat as most referees, particularly if you have a problem with your eyesight. "Odd-Shaped Balls" captures the humour, the agony and the ecstasy of one of the world's most popular sports. It snoops inside sweaty, smelly dressing-rooms, reveals the passions of coaches and fans - without whom rugby would cease to exist - and delves deep into the sport's archives to recall its heroes, villains and victims, all of whom are part of the daily currency. The book is no less than a who's who of the game, with both old and young getting the opportunity to have their say. Lining out is a cast of mischief-makers, miscreants and mad-hatters: from Max Boyce to Keith Wood; from Sean Fitzpatrick to Austin Healy; from Bill Beaumont and his streaker to Gavin Hastings; from Gareth Edwards to David Campese; and from the man in the scrum to the man at the bar. All exponents of surrealism, comic genius and savage wit, they offer a quirky insight into the sporting psyche as well as providing some riotous good laughs. With hundreds of funny stories, "Odd-Shaped Balls" is a light-hearted romp through decades of rugby tomfoolery that is guaranteed to put a smile on the face of all sports fans.


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    Title
    Odd-shaped Balls
    Subtitle
    Mischief-makers, Miscreants and Mad-hatters of Rugby
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) John Scally
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 19 mm
    Weight: 246 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781845960414
    ISBN 10: 1845960416
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21800
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T15.1
    BIC E4L: SPO
    B&T General Subject: 760
    BIC subject category V2: WSJF
    LC classification: GV
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    Libri: I-SR
    BIC subject category V2: WHX
    Ingram Subject Code: SR
    DC22: 796.333
    BISAC V2.8: SPO056000
    DC22: 796.3330207
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: SFBT, SFBV
    Illustrations note
    Illustrations
    Publisher
    Mainstream Publishing
    Imprint name
    Mainstream Publishing
    Publication date
    27 December 2005
    Publication City/Country
    Edinburgh
    Author Information
    John Scally is a lecturer at Trinity College in Dublin. A former journalist and broadcaster, he is the author of many books on sport, including Legends of Irish Rugby and Them and Us.
    Review quote
    "'Will bring a smile to the face of any rugby fan who feels the modern game has become too serious' - Irish Examiner" "'Easy to read ... a perfect companion' - Rugby Times" "'There's something of quality here for everyone' - Rugby World" "'Entertaining' - Irish Independent"