Before purchasing this book, I already new a little about this terrible injustice perpetrated by one code of rugby(union) against another code(league).This shameful episode has been conveniently forgotten by the union code and perhaps some in league dont realise what went on and certainly might not know about rugby union collaborating with the nazis in order to crush rugby league. A truly shameful episode,that I for one will never forget or forgive.
Excellent. Tells a shameful story of a sport strangled by those afraid of fair competition. It would be interesting to see the story taken on to the revival (if that it was) in French Rugby League that saw them beating the Australians in the 1950s, and how they remained competitive until in the early 1980s. But maybe that is another book?
This books tells us why the Catalans Dragons should be everyone's (at least) second team.
I wanted to understand what happened to the game in France and this book certainly filled in the gaps in my knowledge. It takes the reader through the hypocritical attitudes of the time and shows that the history of rugby in France is not a black and white story. Well worth a read for anyone who is interested in the oval ball game.
I'm half way through reading this incredibly informative and interesting book and am loving it so far. The delivery was fantastic and the price was a bargain. I would recommend this book for anyone that has a passing interest in sports history or international rugby league.