As the British & Irish Lions tour Aotearoa throughout June and into July, they’ll be ‘footie-ing’ it with the best. But behind the greats who wear the All Black jersey today is a tradition of excellence; Read and co are indeed standing on the shoulders of giants, as these top titles reveal.
The Team that Changed Rugby Forever
Fifty years ago, one of the greatest All Black sides was set to tour the world – The Team that Changed Rugby Forever is their story. Drawing on interviews with players, such as Sir Colin Meads and Sir Brian Lochore, this book provides insights into an All Black culture which remains at the heart of the game today.
• Alex McKay: The Team that Changed Rugby Forever | RRP $35 | New Holland
New Zealand Rugby Country
The overview we received for this book says: ‘NZ is arguably the greatest rugby-playing country on the planet’. What a load of rot… there’s no argument about it! Since Kiwis first
took to a game – which is (arguably) the best thing the Brits ever gave us! – rugby has become a national obsession. In this book, historian and author, Desmond Wood, explores the narrative of how a small nation at the bottom of the globe evolved into a stadium of four-and-a half million.
• Desmond Wood: NZ Rugby Country – How the Game Shaped Our Nation | RRP $39.99 | David Bateman Ltd
The Essential Allblackography
From All Black number one, James Allan, to the 2016 crop of debutants, The Essential Allblackography features every man Jack (or Richie, Goldie or Pinetree) who ever donned
the black jersey. First published in 2007, this bestseller has been expanded to include players who have captured the hearts of a nation since and includes detailed statistics
and biographies on more than 1100 players.
• Ron Palenski: The Essential Allblackography | RRP $39.99 | Upstart Press
Behind the Silver Fern
Since its release late last year, Behind the Silver Fern has met with plenty of critical acclaim, making the finals of the prestigious Cross Book Awards in the UK. Written by sports’ writer Lynn McConnell and SKY rugby commentator, Tony (TJ) Johnson, this book explores the stories behind the statistics telling the history of our game through the recollections of more than 150 notable rugby players.
• Tony Johnson & Lynn McConnell: Behind the Silver Fern – the Players Speak | RRP $39.99 | Upstart Press
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