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A World in Conflict


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"This book is much more than an entertaining snapshot of rugby's present, it is also provides an essential window to the enormous global challenges the great game faces." Dylan Cleaver, sports editor-at-large, NZ Herald"One of the must-read sports books of the year, a compelling account of Rugby's battle to save its soul in the professional era." Spiro Zavos, rugby author and columnist"Ever wondered how the business of rugby works? This book will guide you through the moral and financial maze and will make you think long and hard about the future of professional rugby union." Robert Kitson, The Guardian"It's what rugby-lovers love most about the game, it's nuances and, yes, even its complexity. But what 'A World in Union Conflict' really demonstrates is how nuanced and complex rugby has become in the 21st Century. Globally, the sport is booming but author Geoff Parkes, in his engrossing and provocative work, lays bare the critical choices rugby administrators must face in the coming years." Wayne Smith, The Australian"Rugby union's tectonic plates are shifting, threatening the stability of the sport little more than 20 years after it turned professional. The major southern hemisphere unions, which have largely driven playing standards over the years, are having to divert money away from the grassroots to fund their professional sides to counter the financial muscle of clubs in England and France.
Geoff Parkes' timely and meticulously researched book looks at both sides of a growing divide as more players migrate from the south to the north. It highlights the lack of a joined-up response from the major governing bodies whose self-interest is undermining the foundations of a sport where until now, unlike football, the international game has been the economic and social driver." Paul Rees, The Guardian

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