Rugby Union For Dummies: UK Edition

Rugby Union For Dummies: UK Edition

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An essential guide for any future Johnny Wilkinsons out there and also the arm chair fan wanting to learn more about the sport. Rugby For Dummies is a cheeky but informative guide to the most popular team sport in Britain after football. The sport is set to become even more popular since Englands victory at the 5th Rugby World Cup in Australia this year. The book is aimed at the beginner wanting to learn the sport from the ground up, either for themselves or for their children. It's divided up into four main sections: understanding the game, playing it, training for it, attending games in the UK. The author Nick Cain has been a rugby writer for the Sunday Times since 1995, writing features, news stories, match reports and ghost-writing columns for Lawrence Dallaglio, Jeremy Guscott and Bob Dwyer. He was also editor of Rugby World magazine for nine years.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 188 x 232 x 24mm | 798.34g
  • John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • UK ed.
  • 076457020X
  • 9780764570209

Table of contents

Introduction. Part I: Rugby: Roots, Boots and All. Chapter 1: Rudimentary Rugby. Chapter 2: The Aim of the Game. Chapter 3: Grab Your Rugby Gear. Part II: Getting Down and Dirty. Chapter 4: Location, Location, Location: Positions on the Pitch. Chapter 5: Laying Down the Laws. Chapter 6: Honing Your Skills. Chapter 7: Breaking Down the Breakdown. Chapter 8: Leaping Lineouts. Chapter 9: Talking Tactics. Chapter 10: Talented Training. Chapter 11: Coaching. Part III: Welcome to Planet Rugby. Chapter 12: The World Cup. Chapter 13: The International Scene. Chapter 14: Home and Away. Chapter 15: The Domestic Scene. Part IV: Following the Game: The Informed Fan. Chapter 16: Compulsive Viewing: Rugby on the Screen. Chapter 17: Keeping Up With the News. Chapter 18: Spectating and Sobriquets. Part V: The Part of Tens. Chapter 19: The Ten Best British Players of All Time. Chapter 20: Ten Matches Made in Rugby Heaven. Chapter 21: Ten Peculiar Facts about Rugby. Part VI: Appendixes. Appendix A: Honour Boards. Appendix B: Glossary. Appendix C: Key Rugby Organisations. Index.
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"... Packed full of concise explanations...boasting some eye-catching graphics...a great introduction to the joys of the game..." (England Rugby, September 2003) "...essential reading...a perfect book for dipping into from time to time..." (Midland Independent, 25 October 2003) "...ideal for newcomers or amateur players looking to move their skills forward...cheeky yet informative...essential reading..." (Dorset Echo, 2 November 2003) "...a cheeky but informative guide..." (Shields Gazette, December 03) "...Defiantly one for the collection for the uninitiated and the most hardened of rugby fans alike..." (Scotland on Sunday, 15 Februay 2004) "...Rugby Union For Dummies is a brilliant book that explains everything about the oval ball game..."(Ladsmag, Issue 12)
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About Nick Cain

Nick Cain is a rugby writer for The Sunday Times. He edited Rugby World magazine for nine years, and alongside Jeremy Guscott co-wrote The Lions Diary. Greg Growden is a rugby correspondent and author of the acclaimed rugby book Gold, Mud N'Guts.
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