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  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd; PB Reissue edition (1 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781311730
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781311738
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 604,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'You will never find so much rugby wisdom packed into one slim volume.' 

(Daily Telegraph)

About the Author

JOHN REASON was for many years Rugby Correspondent for the Daily Telegraph, and one of the most distinguished commentators on the game. He died in 2007.


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This is an excellent book that breaks down how the British (and Irish) Lions, or the Welsh, English, Scottish, and Irish Lions beat the All Blacks. The forwards explain the origin of "Get in your retaliation first," coined by the late Carwyn James, who ahead of time told the Lions to "do as in Rome as the Romans do" and push, elbow, barge, and win lineout ball, because that was how the game was played in New Zealand, as the referees there did not apply law to lineout play, and it was "anything goes." So, Colin Meads and the rest were astonished that their tactics were being used against them, to their dismay. Much is also made of the bad scrummaging of the New Zealanders, and their lack of flair in their backline play. They were ripe for the picking, as the Lions had the better of the two teams in the backs, with Barry John, Mike Gibson, John Dawes, Dave Duckham, John Bevan, Gerald Davies, and JPR Williams, though it was really only in the third test that the creativity of the backs resulted in a decisive win by the British Lions, as in the first game the Lions, though winners, were deprived of ball much of the game and had to play defense, and in the second test, when it was too late for the Lions, the backs performed; but the fourth test was played more tightly, and the tactics employed meant a draw to end the series. Dawes and Gibson add to the dialogue, as well as Coach James, and this is a great read for anyone who not only is interested in the history of the game of rugby, but of the tactics employed, not just in the early 70's, but today as well. I'd suggest that rugby coaches in today's time read this book, because multiple phase rucks, which is how the game has de-generated, would not be approved by Carwyn James!
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Great book , lots of interesting information , especially the contribution from C.M.H. Gibson. Very prompt delivery.
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