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Best in the Northern Union: The Pioneering 1910 Rugby League Lions Tour of Australia and New Zealand Paperback – 24 May 2010

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: London League Publications Ltd (24 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903659515
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903659519
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 0.8 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 918,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The story of the first British Lions Rugby League tour to Australia and New Zealand in 1910. Brilliant insight into the early years of the sport in Australia and New Zealand

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We were relative newcomers to rugby league: with a brief hiatus here and there, Australia didn't grow to dominate world rugby league long-term until the sixties. Trying to prove ourselves against what was known in that far less multi-cultural time as "The Mother Country" was a benchmark in many disciplines. Some of the touring team were household names in the north of England; our players had no concept of their skill, toughness -- and gamesmanship thuggery, and the polish and sophistication which which the "Poms" concealed it from referees -- though they proved apt pupils, particularly in the latter "disciplines" when things weren't going their way.
Written from an English perspective, it reflects some of the dramas and uncertainties of what must have been a somewhat daunting trip across the world, using transport modes which are in vogue only in Third World countries today.
Most of our venues were hospitable to the touring players; our football players (and referees) less so.
Very entertaining and informative.
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An excellent read which captures the essence of the period perfectly.
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