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Rugby's Great Heroes and Entertainers Hardcover – 1 Sep 2003


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd (1 Sep 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340827645
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340827642
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.2 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Without his voice and his phrase-making, rugby broadcasting has never been quite the same. -- Independent

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Britain's best-loved rugby commentator, "the voice of rugby" selects the greatest players and characters from the game. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By Corinthian on 21 May 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
A good all round summary of the best players of his time. Most people won't disagree with his comments, though his ' World 15'' does, as it should, contain one or two surprises! A good read!
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As I bought this as a present can't really comment on the book. Though remembering how Bill McLaren was as a commentator I am sure it would be very entertaining and interesting.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bobo on 27 Nov 2010
Format: Hardcover
Strangely for one who had such a way with the spoken word Bill McLaren's style of writing was, on the evidence of this book, turgid.

McLaren writes about his favourite players and national teams in separate chapters covering the decades of the fifties, sixties, seventies, eighties and nineties. There are some interesting insights, though the coverage seems to be limited to games played in Europe (except for those in the southern hemisphere that involved the Lions). However the prose style is ponderous ("That move suggests to me that rugby union really is the greatest of ball games, because Gareth there has just about everything.") and there is a great deal of repetition (we are told three times that the New Zealand full back Don Clarke could kick goals from the half-way line with his bare feet). McLaren's obsession with height and weight (player after player is described, in awe-struck tones, as "six foot two and sixteen stone five") and number of caps won, as well as his irritating habit of introducing the players with their full names ("William Blackledge Beaumont" / "Frederik Christophel Hendrick Du Preez"), leads him into loading the player portraits with pointless information that would better have been buried in an appendix. This book could have done with some rigorous editing.

In the final chapter McLaren selects his World XV (with only six players from the southern hemisphere and none from France!), giving adulatory portraits of the players and of his second, third, fourth and fifth choices for each position in the team, as well as of other contenders. Many of these have already made their appearance in the earlier chapters, and the result is more irritating repetition.
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