Final Scrum (Hardback)
Rugby International Rugby Players Killed in the Second World War
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After the terrible losses of The Great War, twenty years later the Second World War resulted in the death of some of the finest sporting icons. This book honours the ninety international rugby players who lost their lives. Fifteen were Scottish, fourteen English, eleven Welsh and eight Irish. Australia and New Zealand suffered with ten and two internationals killed respectively and France eight. Germany topped the list with nineteen. In the same way that the Authors best-selling Into Touch remembered the 130 Internationals lost in the First World War, Final Scrum gives an individual biography of each of the ninety with their international and club playing record as well as their backgrounds, details of their military careers and circumstances of their death. We learn where they are buried or commemorated together with at least one photograph of each player. Rugby enthusiasts will find this book a fascinating and moving record of the sacrifice of the finest young men of their generation who fought in the second worldwide conflict of the 20th Century.
This really is an excellent book for the rugby lover.Reviewed by Paul Diggett via Amazon, Goodreads. Guardian Bookshop, Library Thing & Waterstones
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Article: 'The rugby heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice in World War II' by Brian Lee as featured bySouth Wales Echo, 27th April 2018
Article: 'Book salutes naval and rugby hero' by Andy Smart as featured byNottingham Post, 9th April 2018