John Dawes: The Man who changed the world of Rugby
Ross Reyburn Other books by Ross Reyburn
The Man who changed the world of Rugby is an overdue tribute to one of rugby union's greatest innovators, the former London Welsh, Wales, British Lions and Barbarians captain, John Dawes.
Part of the book was written after the legendary 1971 Lions tour when author Ross Reyburn was sports editor of the Hampstead & Highgate Express in London. It contains the Welshman's own vivid account of how he brought his attacking vision of rugby to the highest level, defeating the All Blacks, and also leading the Lions and 1973 Barbarians. To his original manuscript Reyburn has added an intriguing postscript putting into perspective what Dawes achieved as the key figure in British rugby's renaissance in the 1970s which, ultimately, also transformed the game in New Zealand.
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"A great read for anyone with an interest in the London Welsh, Wales and the Lions teams of the late 60's/early 70's vintage. Great to see that at long last John Dawes gets some long overdue credit for his role in turning London Welsh and Wales into the force they were in the '70's, as well as the historic 1971 Lions tour to New Zealand. Full of interesting stories and extremely well written, one of the best rugby biographies of recent times. Overall an excellent read and highly recommended. " - Amazon customer