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Rugby's Strangest Matches: Extraordinary but True Stories from Over a Century of Rugby (Strangest series) [Paperback]

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Rugby fans will delight in this extraordinary collection of astonishing true stories from the past 130 years, which reveal a bizarre side to the sport hitherto uncelebrated. Here you'll find the Irish international who arranged his marriage in order to qualify for leave of absence to play against England, the match in which a team of top soccer players beat their rugby counterparts literally at their own game, the riotous encounter that led to a seven-year lapse in the fixture, the international where an entire Wales side were sent off, and the unknown who played for his country due to an administrative mistake.

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Pages   329
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.25"
Weight:   0.82 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 30, 2007
Publisher   Anova Books
ISBN  1905798164  
ISBN13  9781905798162  

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1Books > Subjects > Sports > Football (American) > General
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interesting, but not necessarily strange  May 5, 2008
What you get here are about 150 anecdotal accounts of rugby matches over the past 130 or so years. Many are interesting, some are quirky, some are humorous, but others are rather forgettable. The descriptions run anywhere from 5-6 lines to several pages. You can read about a match where father and son both played, a match with brothers on opposite sides, things of that nature. These you might not find all that strange.

On the other hand, however, are accounts of matches where the referee clearly was unfamiliar with the rules--an example being where a referee called a player offsides for holding the ball for a kicker on a very windy day. Scoring rules have undergone many changes, and there have been matches where confusion abounded about points being scored. There are tales that rival Mike Tyson's famous in-match dining habits ("The battle of Waldron's ear"). You'll also read about the player whose shorts were mostly torn off during a tackle attempt--and be reminded that play definitely doesn't stop in that event. So there's a lot of good material here--evn though some of the stories are not as interesting.

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