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Dragons and All Blacks: Wales v. New Zealand - 1953 and a Century of Rivalry

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EAN: 9781780574851
Published: 17 Nov 2007


About the book


'The Bounce of the Century' they called it. A ball kicked across Cardiff Arms Park in the dying minutes of a match between two of international rugby's fiercest rivals. The world's two greatest wingers waited as it bounced towards them, knowing that whoever caught the ball would score and win the match for his country.

Dragons and All Blacks tells what happened when Wales played New Zealand in 1953. The story is written from contemporary accounts and the memories of the men who played that day, including Bob Stuart and Bleddyn Williams, for many of whom the match was the highlight of a career.

The book retells the stories of the two teams and the men who played for them, and charts the events of their lives: how they got to that meeting point in Cardiff in December 1953 and what has happened to them in the half-century since.

Dragons and All Blacks examines the remarkable relationship between two countries on opposite sides of the world, brought together by a mutual passion for rugby with few parallels elsewhere. It shows how their rivalry has developed over a century - from perhaps the greatest of all rugby matches in 1905 to the single-point thriller of 2004 - and looks to its future in the aftermath of the 2005 Welsh Grand Slam and Lions tour of New Zealand.

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What the critics say

'Magnificent . . . meticulously researched' - Book of the Week, Daily Telegraph

'Certain to be regarded as a classic in the future' - The Independent

'One of the best sports books of the year' - The Guardian

'You know you've enjoyed a book when you don't want it to end. This is one such book' **** - Rugby World

'I was left in awe of the huge amount of research Richards has put into this book . . . he can write, and write well' - Rugby Times

'A superb exploration of what rugby means in Wales and New Zealand . . . heartily recommended' - Evening Standard

'A brilliant exploration of the two countries on opposite sides of the world who share a fervent passion for rugby . . . a warm and perceptive account' **** - Western Mail

About the Author

Huw Richards is the rugby correspondent of the Financial Times and has reported on over 200 internationals, including all five World Cups.

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