Win The Rugby World Cup 2019 Book
As its title suggests, The Rugby World Cup 2019 Book is designed to cover all aspects pertaining to the upcoming tournament in Japan.
In an interview on the publishers’ website, the author, sports journalist Graeme Copas, says: “I wanted to produce a comprehensive guide that includes all that I’d like to know about the World Cup – but in an easygoing way. The book has been written to be accessible to newcomers to the game, those who take a passing interest and the rugby aficionado.”
Seasoned rugby followers may learn little from the book but certainly those less familiar with the sport could benefit from this all-purpose approach to Rugby World Cup, starting with a history of previous tournaments and matters such as the bid process, how teams qualified and the venues they will play in.
There is also a section on Japan the country and it’s instructive to see that rugby only ranks fifth in popularity among team sports there – behind baseball, soccer, basketball and volleyball – and fails to make the list of the top eight most popular pro sports in the country. It’s clear rugby has a bit of work to do in the Far East.
About half the book is devoted to the team guides that cover each nation’s World Cup history, recent form, head coach, players to watch, team style and expectations.
Copas has also predicted the finishing pecking order and, although couching his words cautiously, it’s evident he thinks Wales will beat New Zealand in the final. So expect a flurry of MBEs and OBEs soon down Cardiff way and a knighthood for Gats.
In a book totally devoid of photos, the final sections include a look at World Rugby and its world rankings, a few quotes on how to win a World Cup by men who achieved it, and a throw forward to France 2023.
And space is given too to the “threats” to Japan 2019, foremost of which is the risk of natural disasters. The country typically has close to 500 earthquakes a year, none giving cause for alarm, but World Rugby have contingency plans in place should something serious occur. In terms of the match schedule, potentially pool matches could be voided and declared draws.
Most of the content in this book derives from previously published articles and the error count is unfortunately high. But for those new to rugby, it will tick plenty of boxes.
The Rugby World Cup 2019 Book is published by Meyer & Meyer Sport, RRP £12.95, and features a foreword by Will Greenwood. To buy a copy, click here.
We have six copies to give away in a competition. For a chance to win one, just answer the question below and fill in your details. The competition closes on Friday 20 September – the opening day of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
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