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            Facing the Haka
             

            Facing the Haka (Hardback)

            By Burt, Andy; Wall, Jamie

            • RRP: $59.99
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            The story of the All Blacks from the other side of halfway. Big names from all their fiercest rivals talk about meeting the world's most successful rugby team in some of the greatest tests of all time.

            ISBN 9781988547596
            Published NZ 4 Aug 2020
            Publisher Allen & Unwin
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            New Zealand Rugby Companion: All You Need to Know About the Greatest Rugby Team in the World
              

            New Zealand Rugby Companion: All You Need to Know About the Greatest Rugby Team in the World (Paperback)

            By Lorimer, Kate

            • RRP: $34.99
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            • Pub Date
              4 Nov 20

            The New Zealand All Blacks are one of the most recognisable and formidable teams on the world sporting stage. They are the record setters, the keepers of tradition, and the icons of the game of Rugby Union. They have been the benchmark for skill and execution ever since the oval ...shaped ball first arrived on New Zealand's shores, and are a team the rest of the world aspire to beat. They also hold the most victories of any Test nation, and the best win percentage overall, and can proudly stand shoulder to shoulder alongside some of the greatest sporting teams in the world of any code.Much has been written about the All Blacks and their legacy, but in this one book you get the full picture the Tests, the players, the results and the history - recollecting those memorable moments and marvelling at the exploits of some of world-famous All Blacks. From the inaugural Rugby World Cup in 1987, when it was still an amateur game, through to their record-breaking exploits in 2016 at the height of professionalism, the All Blacks have enjoyed one of the highest levels of sporting success in the world. But the modern era is not the whole story.The New Zealand Rugby Companion fills in the essential gaps, provides the historic context and completes the total picture for all rugby lovers. Up to including the 2019.
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            ISBN 9781760790707
            Published NZ 4 Nov 2020
            Publisher New Holland Publishers
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            Beaudy - Skills, Drills and the Path to the Top
              

            Beaudy - Skills, Drills and the Path to the Top (Hardback)

            By Swannell, Rikki

            • RRP: $39.99
            • $35.99
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            • Pub Date
              11 Nov 20

            From his upbringing with seven siblings in rural New Zealand, experiences in Ireland as a child, to his rise through the rugby ranks with Taranaki and the Hurricanes, Beauden Barrett will give an insight into what has made him the player he's become, the setbacks he had along the... way and the choices he had to make. One big decision as an 18-year old changed the course of his career and, instead of being lost to New Zealand rugby entirely, set Beauden on the path towards becoming an All Black. Now widely seen as one of the best players in the game, he could have been an AFL star in Australia if it weren't for one phone call. He may have gone from high school to the All Blacks in the space of three years, but the path was far from smooth. Packed with tips and skills, along with drills for different ages and abilities to help young players progress their game, Beauden will also offer advice on how to become a better player off the field, how he learned to adapt to life as a professional sportsman at such a young age and who helped him along the way. Beaudy - Skills, Drills and the Path to the Top is an aspirational read for fans young and old. About the Author: Rikki Swannell has been a sports broadcaster for more than 15 years, and now works in a freelance capacity as a commentator and reporter. She can largely be heard on Sky Sport, where she is a regular commentator on netball, rugby and tennis, and on the World 7s series, working for World Rugby. She started her career as a journalist at Radio Sport and Newstalk ZB and has covered everything from snooker and darts, to cricket and rowing, Olympic and Commonwealth Games and various World Cups. Since going it alone in 2016, Rikki has diversified to become an accomplished event MC, long form print and online writer, media advisor and trainer.
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            ISBN 9781990003059
            Published NZ 11 Nov 2020
            Publisher Upstart Press Ltd
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            Chasing a Rugby Dream: Book One: Kick Off
              

            Chasing a Rugby Dream: Book One: Kick Off (Paperback)

            By Hook, James; Brayley, David

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            Small, skinny and short-sighted . . . and dazzlingly talented. Jimmy Johnson loves rugby. All he dreams about is one day playing for his country in a World Cup, or winning a Test series for the Lions with a last-minute drop-goal.

            ISBN 9780957507678
            Released NZ 1 Sep 2020
            Publisher Misc - Alliance Distribution
            Interest Age 13+ years
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            Ordinary Joe
              

            Ordinary Joe (Paperback)

            By Schmidt, Joe

            • RRP: $29.50
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            'He's a great coach. He lives and breathes the game. There's nothing he doesn't know.' Brian O'Driscoll 'The best coach Irish rugby - arguably Irish sport - has ever had' Malachy Clerkin, Irish Times In the autumn of 2010, a little-known New Zealander called Joe Schmidt took over... as head coach at Leinster. He had never been in charge of a professional team. After Leinster lost three of their first four games, a prominent Irish rugby pundit speculated that Schmidt had 'lost the dressing room'. Nine years on, Joe Schmidt has stepped down as Ireland coach having achieved success on a scale never before seen in Irish rugby. Two Heineken Cups in three seasons with Leinster. Three Six Nations championships in six seasons with Ireland, including the Grand Slam in 2018. And a host of firsts: the first Irish victory in South Africa; the first Irish defeat of the All Blacks, and then a second; and Ireland's first number 1 world ranking. Along the way, Schmidt became a byword for precision and focus in coaching, remarkable attention to detail and the highest of standards. But who is Joe Schmidt? In Ordinary Joe, Schmidt tells the story of his life and influences: the experiences and management ideas that made him the coach, and the man, that he is today. And his diaries of the 2018 Grand Slam and the 2019 Rugby World Cup provide a brilliantly intimate insight into the stresses and joys of coaching a national team in victory and defeat. From the small towns in New Zealand's North Island where he played barefoot rugby and jostled around the dinner table with seven siblings, to the training grounds and video rooms where he consistently kept his teams a step ahead of the opposition, Ordinary Joe reveals an ordinary man who has helped his teams to achieve extraordinary things. 'Rugby obsessives and amateur coaches will revel in the insight that Schmidt offers into his training methods, tactics and preparation ... Full of insight, emotion and considered analysis' Irish Daily Mail 'H
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            ISBN 9780241981092
            Released NZ 10 Sep 2020
            Publisher Penguin
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            Our Blood is Green: The Springboks in their Own Words
             

            Our Blood is Green: The Springboks in their Own Words (Hardback)

            By Rich, Gavin

            • RRP: $47.99
            • $47.99
            • Pub Date
              1 Oct 20

            The leaping Springbok on the green jersey of South Africa is one of the most iconic emblems in world rugby. At the same time, no symbol in world sport has ever done so much to divide - and then unite - a nation. Respected by opponents and supported passionately by South Africans,... the Springboks have been a powerhouse rugby nation for over a century, yet the emblem that now sits alongside the Protea on the chests of the players was once a symbol of violent oppression in apartheid South Africa, the epitome of the white man's dominance over people of colour in the Republic. Told in the words of Springboks past and present, My Blood is Green explores what it means to play for South Africa - from schoolboy dreams to the sacrifices required to make it to the very top - as well as the myriad difficulties the players have faced over the years, from the horrors of apartheid through to the emerging rainbow nation in the 1990s and the multi-cultural team of today.
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            ISBN 9781909715820
            Released NZ 1 Oct 2020
            Publisher Birlinn General
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            My Life and Rugby: The Autobiography
               

            My Life and Rugby: The Autobiography (Paperback)

            By Jones, Eddie

            • RRP: $32.50
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            • Pub Date
              29 Oct 20

            The autobiography of Eddie Jones, the England Rugby head coach and one of the most respected coaches in sport.

            ISBN 9781509850730
            Released NZ 29 Oct 2020
            Publisher Pan Macmillan
            Interest Age 18+ years
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            Open Side: The Official Autobiography
              

            Open Side: The Official Autobiography (Paperback)

            By Warburton, Sam

            • RRP: $27.99
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            • Pub Date
              1 Oct 20

            'A terrific book. No one put their body on the line quite like Sam Warburton.' Brian O'Driscoll 'It was an absolute privilege to play against Sam. An inspiring leader with an equally inspiring story to tell.' Jonny Wilkinson

            ISBN 9780008336592
            Released NZ 1 Oct 2020
            Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
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            The Hurt
              

            The Hurt (Hardback)

            By Hartley, Dylan

            • RRP: $48.00
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            • Pub Date
              1 Dec 20

            Rugby is great for the soul, but terrible for the body. Dylan Hartley came to England, on his own, at 16, to build a life and learn the dark arts of front row play. Fourteen years later, Eddie Jones named him captain of England for his first Six Nations as England coach - and the...y won the Grand Slam. Jones and Hartley forged an unusually close coach-captain relationship. But when a persistent injury kept Hartley out of action in the run-up to the 2019 World Cup, his dream of leading England on the biggest stage was shattered. In Body and Soul, Hartley tells a story of hard men and harsh truths. This is rugby in the raw, a unique insight into the price of sporting obsession. Hartley addresses the modern scourge of mental illness in the game, an issue associated with ever-increasing physical and psychological demands on international players. He describes with brutal clarity the terrifying uncertainty of persistent concussion, and the fear of the long-term damage caused by a game he fell in love with as a boy in rural New Zealand. Dylan Hartley has survived old-school brawls, and thrived in the high pressure, high performance culture created by Eddie Jones. His honesty and insight into leadership reveals him as an occasionally bad boy with consistently good intentions. Body and Soul shows us his life and his sport, warts and all.
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            ISBN 9780241348956
            Released NZ 1 Dec 2020
            Publisher Penguin
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            Final Word
              

            Final Word (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Henry, Graham

            • RRP: $49.99
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            Final Word is an honest and reflective look at the life and career of a truly remarkable and often controversial leader in world rugby.

            ISBN 9781869509736
            Published NZ 30 Jul 2012
            Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
            Interest Age 14+ years
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