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Team England Rugby: World Cup 2003: The Official Account of England's World Cup Triumph Hardcover – 2 Dec 2003


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  • Hardcover: 149 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; 1st edition (2 Dec. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752860488
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752860480
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 17.8 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 336,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the day-to-day diary of the England Rugby team's 2003 World Cup campaign, in their own words, published one week after the final. There are first-person accounts from all the key players (including Martin Johnson, Lawrence Dallaglio, Jason Robinson and Jonny Wilkinson), and the book is illustrated with exclusive photos from the tournament. The target market here is both England rugby fans and disenchanted English football and cricket fans; with the kind of promotion the players will be giving it, this one absolutely can't fail.

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Team England is an operation run by the England rugby squad.

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Exactly one month after England's stunning win over Australia in Melbourne, the preliminary World Cup squad of forty-three players returned to duty at the Pennyhill Park Hotel in Bagshot, the official team base, where they would be living for the best part of ten weeks. Read the first page
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jamie F on 23 Feb. 2004
This book is in 11 chapters, a chapter each for the three warm up games, one for the world cup squad selection, and a chapter each for the seven world cup games. Each chapter's a quick read and (except the squad selection chapter) follows a standard pattern. A couple of pages of comments before the game, a quick highlight of the game, then a few comments from after the game. The comments are largely from Woodward and the senior players, and are the comments which were publicised in the large media coverage of the event. If you read the rugby articles in any of the main English national papers over the World Cup, you'll have read 90% of the book. Even if you hadn't, the comments soon become repetitive: pre-game 'we respect the opposition, but we are focussed' giving way to post-match 'they deserve credit, but we won, and will focus on the next match'.
The book does demonstrate the lack of ego and real work ethic that has permeated this great team, but it doesn't offer anything new or insightful. As a nicely presented and official account of one of this country's great sporting achievements, it makes a nice memento, but as a book it disappoints. There's no behind the scenes comment, no insightful looks into the relationships or the stresses and strains within the squad.
There would be no reason to buy this if England hadn't won the World Cup, and for an official guide that would presumably have been publicised anyway, this is a disappointment.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "neilanddiana" on 2 Jan. 2004
A very informative behind the scenes view of how the England rugby team won the 2003 rugby world cup.Some great photographs and interviews with the players and backroom staff as the world cup adventure unfolded.It brought back great memories for an Englishman living in Australia and how we can hold our heads up once again in the sporting world.
I recomend this book to anyone who follows English sport .
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr D. on 2 Jan. 2004
whatever the price is, it's too much for this collection of press conference reports strung together with some photos which were much better reported in context elsewhere
as "the offical account" I have never been so disappointed with a book - definitely a christmas turkey
just hope the proceeds from this cynical commercial exploitation are given to the Samoan RFU
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Neil R. J. Saint on 20 Dec. 2003
Packed full of incident, brimming with photographs and written with enthusiasm this the best buy for those who want to savour our biggest sporting triumph since "The Boys of 66". Well done England!!!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "andy-wood" on 22 Feb. 2004
This book is a review of the world cup from tem England's perspectie and it's quite interesting reading. With detailed information from Clive (or Sir Clive now) Woodward's squad selection, world cup warm up games, and the actual games at the world cup and the media reaction to everything. In the book you hear from pretty much every squad member on frustratment and joy on a whole range of subjects. It suprised me how philosophical rugby players are, and that they all seem to be more intullectual than I first took them for. You really get a good insite into players personality from this book from the shy Jonny Wilkinson, to the extremely talkaative Mike Catt. It also gives all the results from every game an superb quality pictures at stages of the book, of England in action during all of their matches, and of course, the great picture of Jonny Wilkinson slotting over the 'great drop goal' as I have named it. If you want a good sports book for a great price I would strongly recommend this to you.
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