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Behind the Thistle: Playing Rugby for Scotland (Behind the Jersey Series)


Behind the Thistle: Playing Rugby for Scotland (Behind the Jersey Series)

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    David Barnes(Author) Peter Burns(Author) John Griffiths(Author)
Featuring the thoughts of 175 players who have represented Scotland since the very first Test match in 1871, Behind the Thistle gives a unique insight into the drama and emotion of playing for Scotland in that most rarefied of environments Test match rugby. From the very first game all the way through to the present day, David Barnes, Peter Burns and John Griffiths delve to the heart of Scottish rugby as Scotland's greatest players recount the ecstasy of victory and the despair of defeat, colouring their stories with humorous anecdotes and heart-warming memories. Behind the Thistle provides inside access to nearly 150 years of private moments in the changing room, on tour, on the training ground, and during the tumultuous heat of battle itself, as well as the post-match antics. This is the story of what it is really like to play rugby for Scotland, revealing the sacrifices and joys experienced by those who have shed blood, sweat and tears in pursuit of glory in the navy blue jersey.

Really good reminiscences from hosts of Scottish rugby greats about a host of great Scotland rugby occasions. Weighty in all respects --Stephen Jones, Sunday TimesIn turns comic, poignant, spine-tingling and occasionally tragic, its anecdotes provide a dressing-room keyhole for those of us who could only ever dream of getting there by any other means... a gem of a book --Alasdair Reid, Sunday HeraldThis is a remarkable insight into what it means to play rugby for Scotland... For all those with a deep love of rugby, its contemporary sporting history and intriguing gossip this is an unmissable tome --Bill Lothian, Evening News

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  • By Guest on 19 July 2017

    excellent-a present for my Dad.

  • By Annabelle on 20 November 2010

    I LOVE this book. I've always been a big rugby fan but have never really been that into reading books about it - I find them pretty dry most of the time. But this is completely different - apart from some small introductions at the start of each chapter which set the scene, all the narrative is told straight from the players' point of view and you get this incredible tapestry of stories which paints a conversational history of Scottish rugby. The anecdotes vary from the hilarious to the poignant to the inspirational. It is just wonderful and I can't recommend it enough.Behind the Thistle

  • By Mr. Skarp Hedon on 23 November 2010

    It seem strange to me that no one has written such a comprehensive book outlining the ups and downs of Scottish rugby over the past sixty years or so until now.Copiously illustrated and attractively assembled - my only reservation is perhaps the sheer physical weight of the book!Barnes and Burns are to be congratulated on producing a very readable and well-researched tome.

  • By Scott02 on 19 November 2010

    Genuinely absolutely brilliant read - something you can read snippets of and put down to pick up again later.The modern era stuff gets a little drier but that's to be expected - the older stories are an incredible insight into the elements of rugby that used to make the sport truly unique - brtual confrontations balanced against true sportsmanship and cameradere between all players and fans, regardless of nationality or social standing.It's all the stories you hear at dinners or myths you talk about with friends condensed into one book. I particularly enjoyed the Calcutta Cup damamge explanations, tales from the back rows of the 80's and their mind games with other teams... as well as the hotel wrecking bill on Romania tour.A triumph that has to be adapted for the other home nations.

  • By Mr N N Poke on 19 November 2010

    I was disappointed that I couldn't make it to the book launch but I was delighted to find out that my fiancee had attended, and purchased me a copy of 'Behind the Thistle'. The copy had been signed by both authors.On my return home, I quickly became engrossed in the fantastic mix of stories from Scotland's greatest rugby players and stayed up to read it well past my bedtime! Rock and roll I know but as soon as a book grips you like this one did to me, then you are very satisfied indeed.

  • By Retief Giraffe on 11 November 2010

    This excellent compendium is a "must have" for any true supporter of Scottish Rugby. Barnes and Burns navigate the reader along the ups and downs that come with being a Scotland fan, in a humorous and illuminating style. Amusing anecdotes and interesting reports from players' perspectives make this book first rate coffee table material.

  • By Countess on 23 November 2010

    You must buy them this book. It is the perfect present and I haven't seen anything quite like it on the market before - entertaining, well written, well illustrated - even if you know nothing about rugby, it is worth dipping into.

  • By Sal Sussex on 27 May 2014

    This is a super book: some wonderful stories and some great photos. Must have taken some considerable legwork on the part of the author. Good effort and very entertaining. It has pride of place on my bookshelf!

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