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World in Union : A History of the Rugby World Cup in XV Matches - James Dixon

World in Union

A History of the Rugby World Cup in XV Matches

By: James Dixon, Sean Fitzpatrick (Foreword by)

Hardcover | 11 October 2023

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World in Union is the story of the Rugby World Cup told via its fifteen most important and dramatic matches.

From the inauspicious beginnings of the 1987 tournament, which nearly didnt happen due to back-room politics, and the amateur eras aversion to commercialism, the Rugby World Cup has grown into the third largest sporting event in the world, behind only the FIFA World Cup and the Olympics.

World in Union looks at the greatest games and the biggest controversies played out on the Rugby World Cup stage with each chapter focusing on a different game. Western Samoa breaking Welsh hearts, the emergence of Jonah Lomu, Nelson Mandela and Francois Pienaar uniting the Rainbow Nation, Wilkinsons drop for World Cup glory, Frances habit of spoiling the All Blacks party, Sam Warburtons controversial sending off and Japans greatest moment-all this and more is covered in this enjoyable narrative for all rugby fans.

About the Author

James Dixon (Rugby World, FourFourTwo, Athletics Weekly) is a sportswriter and historian with an interest in the social, economic, and political history of sport. His debut book, The Fix, told the story of the establishment of the UEFA Champions League during a period of economic and political tumult in Europe and European Football. In World in Union, he's turned his attention to the Rugby World Cup and the existential role it played in rugby's battle between amateurism and professionalism.

James currently resides in England.

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