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Rugby And All That

Martin Johnson

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Autobiography: sport, Prose: non-fiction, Lifestyle, sport & leisure, Rugby Union

An irreverent look at the history of rugby by one of the most entertaining writers on the game.

Starting from the moment when William Webb Ellis picked up the ball at Rugby School during a game of soccer and ran with it, Martin Johnson traces the story of amateur rugby through to the world of the professional game at the top level in 2000 AD. The result is a hilarious account of the development of a game which has provided scope for bruising physical contact and bawdy songs in schools, universities and clubs throughout the world. Johnson wittily describes the wide appeal of rugby while highlighting the heroes, the larger than life characters, the great performances and the memorable battles in both the Southern and Northern hemispheres.

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Martin Johnson

Martin Johnson was born in Monmouthshire in 1949. He was Cricket Correspondent at The Independent for 10 years, Sports Writer at The Telegraph for 9 years, and is currently Sports Writer at the Sunday Times.

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