THE OVAL WORLD
A Global History of Rugby

TONY COLLINS
560pp ILLUS 2015 LIST PRICE: £14.99 (P) E338

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A synoptic, and laudably ambitious, history of rugby from its origins in the village-based football games of medieval times to the globalised sport now played in more than 100 countries. It tells the story of how a game in an obscure English public school became the winter sport of the British Empire, spreading to France, Argentina, Japan and the rest of the world, weaving in details of matches with a wider historical and social picture. The Oval World investigates just what it is about rugby that enables it to survive and thrive in countries with very different traditions and cultures.