Following the success of his highly-acclaimed cricket anthology All in a Day's Cricket, described as "a classic of its kind", Brian has compiled an equally fascinating and entertaining anthology for lovers of rugby union: Rugby: An Anthology - The Brave, the Bruised and the Brilliant, recently published by Robinson in hardback and Kindle.
In an enthusiastic foreword, Wales rugby immortal J. P. R. Williams said: "All in all an excellent rugby book and one which every keen supporter should have on his shelf."
Inspiring and irreverent by turns, this new anthology draws on rugby's wealth of excellent writing. Frank Keating, P. G. Wodehouse, Alec Waugh, A. A. Thomson, John Reason and Mick Imlah are among the distinguished names who have written movingly, amusingly and entertainingly about the game they loved.
Great players such as Brian O'Driscoll, Willie John McBride, J. P. R. Williams, Chester Williams, Colin Meads, Gavin Hastings and Brian Moore give us a fascinating insider's view, as does World Cup Final referee Derek Bevan, who reveals what it is like to try to control thirty powerful and often volatile men in a highly competitive situation. But some of the best writing and the wittiest insights come from those who played their rugby at a less exalted level. A moving section, 'Giving it Everything', shows how exceptional courage was not restricted to the rugby field but extended to the battle grounds of the First World War.
This selection covers the game from virtually every angle and is sure to delight any rugby fan.