A thoroughly researched and comprehensive guide to the 2019 Rugby World Cup, to be held in Japan in September. The sporting highlight of the year, with teams from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland all competing for the coveted William Webb Ellis trophy. The book will provide the reader with all the information and insight needed to understand and enjoy the competition.
Written by sports journalist Graeme Copas, the book covers the history and build up to qualification, the tournament schedule and venues for this Rugby Union showcase, while also providing talking points, an in-depth analysis of each team and insightful interviews with players and rugby experts from a variety of countries. Also included is a thoroughly researched survey of the host country, Japan, and the growing popularity of rugby there, telling how they won the right the host the first Rugby World Cup in Asia. All 20 national teams involved are analysed and assessed on their chances of success, the star players are featured and each coach`s basic strategies outlined and explained.
With this book, the reader will have a handy, competent source of information on hand both before the start and especially whilst the tournament proceeds to its thrilling conclusion.
Graeme Copas is a sports journalist and editor with over 25 years of experience of regular reporting on rugby and other sports at all levels from grass roots to major international events. Whilst his knowledge of other sports such as rowing and cricket is encyclopaedic, rugby is his passion, and this shows in his writing. A regular contributor to various sports journals, a competent broadcaster and creator of a sports podcast. Graeme has lived and observed rugby in Australia and New Zealand as well as all over the UK, and now lives in his home town of Maidenhead in Berkshire, UK
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