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Rugby Union For Dummies, 2nd Australian and New Zealand Edition

Greg Growden, Robbie Deans (Foreword by)
ISBN: 978-0-7303-7658-3
288 pages
July 2011
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Your complete reference for all things rugby in Australia and New Zealand!

A practical, useful and entertaining guide to rugby union in Australia and New Zealand, this book explains the aim of the game, the laws, what to wear, tactics, training, coaching and more. Whether you want to play or just want to watch the game, Rugby Union For Dummies, 2nd Australian and New Zealand Edition, delivers expert rugby knowledge.

  • Build your confidence — discover expert tips and tricks for honing your skills

  • Prepare your rugby kit — choose the correct gear for your safety on the pitch

  • Increase your rugby knowledge — learn the difference between a ruck and a maul

  • Talk tournament facts and figures — improve your rugby small talk in preparation for the World Cup

  • Train effectively — develop your strength, flexibility and fitness

  • Become a coach — immerse yourself in tactics and the detail of rugby's laws

  • Join a club — choose the right level of play for you or your child

  • Follow the game — keep up to date with the latest rugby news and coverage in the media and on the internet

Open the book and find:

  • How to play to win and have fun at the same time

  • Interpretation of the ref's signals

  • Advice on taking a conversion

  • Tips for surviving a scrum

  • Pointers on coaching adult and junior teams

  • A guide to spectating online, on TV and at the game

  • Rugby records for major tournaments between Australia and New Zealand

  • A round-up of all the World Cups

Learn to:

  • Master the game and play to win

  • Follow the laws and understand the ref's calls

  • Identify key players at the World Cup

  • Appreciate the history of the game

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Foreword xix

Introduction 1

Part I: Rugby: Roots, Boots and All 7

Chapter 1: Rudimentary Rugby 9

Chapter 2: The Aim of the Game 21

Chapter 3: Grab Your Rugby Gear 37

Part II: Getting Down and Dirty 47

Chapter 4: Location, Location: Positions on the Pitch 49

Chapter 5: Laying Down the Laws 65

Chapter 6: Honing Your Skills 83

Chapter 7: Breaking Down the Breakdown 105

Chapter 8: Leaping Lineouts: Jumping for the Ball 121

Chapter 9: Talking Tactics 135

Chapter 10: Talented Training 151

Chapter 11: All About Coaching 167

Part III: Welcome to Planet Rugby 183

Chapter 12: The World Cup 185

Chapter 13: Rampant Rugby: The International Scene 201

Chapter 14: Rugby Below the Equator: Teams and Trophies 217

Chapter 15: From Grassroots to First Grade: The Domestic Scene 227

Part IV: Following the Game: The Informed Fan 245

Chapter 16: Compulsive Viewing: Rugby on the Screen 247

Chapter 17: Staying In Touch with Rugby News 259

Chapter 18: Spectating and Sobriquets 279

Part V: The Part of Tens 293

Chapter 19: The Ten Greatest Wallabies 295

Chapter 20: The Ten Greatest All Blacks 303

Chapter 21: The Ten Best Rugby Moments 309

Chapter 22: Ten Peculiar Facts About Rugby 319

Part VI: Appendixes 329

Appendix A: Honour Boards 331

Appendix B: Key Rugby Organisations 345

Glossary 351

Index 363

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Greg Growden is Chief Rugby Correspondent for the Sydney Morning Herald. He has covered all six World Cup tournaments, well over 250 test matches and more than 25 overseas tours with the Wallabies. He is also a regular guest on New Zealand and Australian rugby shows on television.

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