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Rugby Union For Dummies, 3rd UK Edition

ISBN: 978-1-119-99182-3
384 pages
February 2011
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If you're new to the sport or you feel you could sharpen up your knowledge of the game, this guide is for you. Inside you'll find easy-to-understand advice on the basic rules and pitch positions, plus in-depth lessons on ball skills, fitness training, and techniques to outwit your opponents - all illustrated with entertaining stories from British and International rugby's back pages. In addition, you get a grounding in the local, national and international reaches of Rugby Union 

Rugby Union For Dummies 3rd Edition:

  • Features an in-depth and up-to-date look at the Laws that form the beautiful game
  • Covers all you will need to know about talking tactics and is perfect for anyone looking at swatting up on rugby for the World Cup and beyond
  • Advises on all you will need to know to get stuck in and play
  • Contains a new chapter on sevens as the sport will be a demonstration sport at London 2012 and a full sport at Rio 2016
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: Rugby: Roots, Boots and All 7

Chapter 1: Rudimentary Rugby 9

Chapter 2: The Aim of the Game 19

Chapter 3: Grab Your Rugby Gear 35

Part II: Getting Down and Dirty 45

Chapter 4: Location, Location, Location: Positions on the Pitch 47

Chapter 5: Laying Down the Laws 63

Chapter 6: Honing Your Skills 83

Chapter 7: Breaking Down the Breakdown 107

Chapter 8: Leaping Lineouts 123

Chapter 9: Talking Tactics 135

Chapter 10: Talented Training 151

Chapter 11: Coaching 167

Part III: Welcome to Planet Rugby 183

Chapter 12: The World Cup 185

Chapter 13: The International Scene 201

Chapter 14: Magnifi cent Sevens 217

Chapter 15: Home and Away 227

Chapter 16: The Domestic Scene 243

Part IV: Following the Game: The Informed Fan 255

Chapter 17: Compulsive Viewing: Rugby on the Screen 257

Chapter 18: Keeping Up with the News 269

Chapter 19: Spectating and Sobriquets 281

Part V: The Part of Tens 293

Chapter 20: The Ten Best British Players of All Time 295

Chapter 21: Ten Matches Made in Rugby Heaven 305

Chapter 22: Ten Peculiar Facts About Rugby 315

Part VI: Appendixes 325

Appendix A: Honour Boards 327

Appendix B: Glossary 347

Appendix C: Key Rugby Organisations 361

Index 367

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Author Information

Nick Cain has been a rugby writer for The Sunday Times since 1995, writing features, news stories, match reports and ghostwriting columns for Lawrence Dallaglio, Jeremy Guscott and Bob Dwyer. He was editor of Rugby World magazine, covering Lions tours and World Cups. Greg Growden is a rugby correspondent and author of the acclaimed rugby book Gold, Mud 'N' Guts.

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