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The Art of Coarse Rugby Paperback – 1 Jan 1998


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  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Robson Books Ltd; New ed of 2 Revised ed edition (1 Jan. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861050011
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861050014
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 13.5 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 415,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'Not many people have been funny about sport but Michael Green does it superbly.'-Sunday Times"

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Michael Green's books can be considered contemporary classics - his devastating advice on a wide range of activities from acting to Rugby Union has established The Art of Course as part of the language. The series has sold over a million copies around the world, been translated into several languages, and adapted for the stage and television. John Jenson was born in Australia, the son of an artist. He has been the regular political cartoonist for the Sunday Telegraph, and frequently contributed to Punch.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 May 1999
Format: Paperback
Having recently kickstarted my own rugby career at the tender age of 27, it was with some trepidation that I ordered The Art of Coarse Rugby after being practically ordered to by a rugby playing colleague. Books that try too hard to be both funny and informative can fail miserably, but its difficult to remember one page that didn't earn me a nudge in the ribs for laughing too much by the wife. Although written long before I was wheezing and staggering across a muddy bog desperate for the whistle to go that signalled a pint of the Black stuff, the characters, stories, triumphs and misery are all too close to the tale of my local 4th team's recent season to bare. In fact, if this book had only just been published, I am sure the skipper would be up in arms wanting to know who had ratted all the teams secrets to Mr Green. Trust me Michael, the Rugger world of the RFU may be about to implode, but Coarse Rugby is alive and well on the Surrey/Hants border. To any prospective readers...if you want to understand the real world of Rugby or just want to laugh your way to the club bar, this is a must.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Thoughtform on 23 Oct. 2006
Format: Paperback
As captain of my primary school football team, it was with great regret that I ended up at a rugby playing secondary school. However, having purchased a copy of this volume through the school book club (subversive or what) at age 11, I found a kindred spirit in Michael Green and life was bearable in the face of adversity.

If you have ever been forced to play a sport against your will or even with a will, and lack any sort of prowess at it, you will recognise yourself in the many anecdotes of lower team rugby. As Mr Green asserts, `it is easy to win by running faster or tackling harder than the opposition, it takes skill to win by other means!' And thereby hangs the premise of this book, a contention that I have adopted as a life philosophy ever since.

My dog-eared copy of this book has been read and re-read countless times and for one reason - it is one of the funniest books I know on any subject. It works because it mirrors the British psyche where the ill prepared underdog wins out in the face of the over prepared specialist. The amateur's victory over the professional is so prevalent in our culture that it occurs right through literature from Sherlock Holmes to Harry Potter.

This is the best of British humour. Savour it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Welder Bob on 28 Nov. 2011
Format: Hardcover
When I first read this book in 1970, I thought I recognized some of the games that I'd played in! Unfashionable teams and low team members in fashionable clubs really did live Saturdays like that AND it was great! I was still playing (in the UK) when I read the book for the first time (no, not ACTUALLY during a match!)and learned a lot from it. Our team adopted (quite happily)the 'boot the ball into the stream' tactic to get a breather and even nominated a call and kicker for that process! Later, at University, the use of two medical students (useless players, but great diagnoticians!) won us many matches by side-lining opponents with(very) minor injuries having convinced them of the potential fatal consequences of continuing playing in that game, yet another lesson well learned from this book.
I have bought a number of copies and given them to friends in Stellenbosch, South Africa, in a long term covert attack on South African Rugby standards(!)
Still funny, still enjoyable and a laugh a page! Buy it, read it and learn about the underclass of Rugby that moulds so many characters and so many expeiences!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Cowles on 21 July 2009
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I read this book many years ago so I thought I would see if it was still funny. I really enjoyed reading it again and it had lost none of its humour. A good light read and like the author you really wonder why these people put themselves though the agony.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ray on 1 Aug. 2010
Format: Paperback
Timeless - as funny as when I first read it in mid-70s. Mainly still relevant, although maybe getting a bit dated.
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By Clare O'Beara TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 Feb. 2014
Format: Paperback
Absolutely splendid look at rugby as played by any number of people for friendly matches. Wheezes like getting the other team drunk or impressing them into losing are given and funny incidents reported. Rules? Well he seems to know them, but they are better seen in the breach than the observance.
The only funnier book about rugby you'll find is Even Coarser Rugby.

Green's strength is his sporting guides and try Art of Coarse Sailing for a pleasantly contrasting great read.
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