After the Final Whistle

Who won the first rugby world cup? New Zealand. Yes.

When was the first rugby world cup? 1987. Wrong.

1919 saw the King’s Cup being played – a post war exhibition/celebration of the great game. Stephen Cooper’s excellent book After the Final Whistle tells the story of that event, mingled with the incredibly moving stories of players who travelled half way across the globe to claim some corner of a foreign field. Highly recommended.

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