Raising The Dragon

Raising The Dragon : A Clarion Call To Welsh Rugby

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Rugby has held a central role in Welsh life over the past century. In the words of historian Gareth Williams, the game has been 'a pre-eminent expressionof Welsh consciousness, a signifier of Welsh nationhood'. Less than 25 years ago touring teams from the southern hemisphere knew that their hardest games would be in Wales; the Welsh national team was consistently the strongest in Britain. Thats all changed. Wales is now one of the game's also-rans. With only one Home Championship in the past 20 years and little success in the World Cup, Welsh rugby - despite some consolidation under Graham Henry - is badly in need of fresh thinking and ideas. Who better to provide them than the man who was widely regarded as one of the best scrum halves of his era, yet whose playing career coincided with that period of Welsh decline? In this thought-provoking and frequently controversial book, Welsh rugby icon Robert Jones provides a sharply realistic assassment of the Welsh game from the roots to the national stadium, drawing heavily on lessons learned and observations made during his own illustrious career. Raising the Dragon is a persona manifesto for change from a player whose commitment to Wales never wavered.show more

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  • Electronic book text | 250 pages
  • Ebury Publishing
  • Virgin Digital
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0753547848
  • 9780753547847

About Robert Jones

Robert Jones is one of the major figures of modern international rugby and is recognised as one of the great scrum-halves of his era. All but one of his 54 caps for Wales came in that influential position - a national record he shares with the legendary Gareth Edwards. Jones is now BBC Radio 5 Live's Welsh rugby correspondent and he also contributes regular columns to the Sun. Huw Richards, who assisted Robert Jones in the writing of this book, is the rugby correspondent of the Financial Times and has co-edited Heart and Soul and More Heart and Soul, two critically acclaimed collections of essays on Welsh rugby heroes.show more

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In the thought-provoking and frequently controversial Raising the Dragon, Welsh rugby icon Robert Jones provides a sharply realistic assessment of the game in his homeland. All aspects of the sport are put under the microscope - from the grass roots to the national stadium - and Jones draws heavily on lessons learned and observations made during his own illustrious career. Rugby has become unquestionably ingrained in the social fabric of Wales. Nowhere else on the face of the planet is the game more passionately supported and played. Pulling on the famous red jersey is the ultimate expression of Welsh pride. Less than 25 years ago touring teams from the southern hemisphere knew that their hardest games would be in Wales; the Welsh national team was consistently the strongest in Britain. That's all changed. Wales is now one of the game's also-rans. With only one Home Championship in the past twenty years and little success in the World Cup, Welsh rugby - despite some consolidation under Graham Henry - is badly in need of fresh thinking and ideas. Who better to provide them than Robert Jones, the man who was widely regarded as one of the best scrum-halves of his era, yet whose playing career coincided with that period of Welsh decline? Raising the Dragon is the personal manifesto for change from a player whose commitment to Wales never wavered.show more

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