Rugby's Great Split: Class, Culture and the Origins of Rugby by Tony Collins

By Tony Collins

Since it’s first book, Rugby’s nice Split has demonstrated itself as a vintage within the box of recreation heritage. Drawing on an extraordinary diversity of assets, this deeply researched and hugely readable publication lines the social, cultural and financial divisions that led, in 1895, to schism within the video game of rugby and the construction of rugby league, the game of England’s northern operating type.

Tony Collins’ research demanding situations a number of the traditional assumptions approximately this key occasion in rugby historical past – approximately type clash, amateurism in recreation, the North-South divide, violence at the pitch, the improvement of mass spectator recreation and the increase of soccer. This new version is elevated to hide parallel occasions in Australia and New Zealand, and to deal with the most important query of rugby league’s failure to set up itself in Wales.

Rugby’s nice Split is a benchmark textual content within the historical past of rugby, and an soaking up case examine of wider concerns – problems with classification, gender, nearby and nationwide id, and the effect of the commercialization and up to date professionalization of rugby league. This insightful textual content is for an individual drawn to Britain’s social historical past or within the emergence of contemporary activity, it is important analyzing.

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