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Rugby Union for Dummies, 2nd UK Edition

ISBN: 978-1-119-99644-6
384 pages
February 2011
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If you get a big kick out of rugby but still feel you could sharpen up your knowledge of the game, this friendly 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, and coverage of England's historic 2003 World Cup victory.
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Table of Contents


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.

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Author Information

Nick Cain is a rugby writer for The Sunday Times. He edited Rugby World mamgazine for nine years, and 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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