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Barbarians, gentlemen and players : a sociological study of the development of rugby football

Dunning, Eric


Rugby football is descended from the winter 'folk games' which were a deeply rooted tradition in pre-industrial Britain. This is the first book to study the development of Rugby from this folk tradition to the game in its modern 'Union' and 'League' forms. The folk forms of football were extremely violent and serious injuries - even death - were a common feature. The game was refined in the public schools who played a crucial role in formulating rules which required footballers to exercise...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Press (1965-Present)
Date published: 1979
Type: Book
Access Rights: Open Access


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