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The grudge : inside Scotland vs. England, 1990

By: English, Tom

022408321X / 9780224083218
Paperback
796.3'3365'09411
03/02/2011
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England
20 cm 272 p. : ill.
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Reprint. Originally published: 2010.

Murrayfield, the Calcutta Cup, March 1990. England vs. Scotland - winner-takes-all for the Five Nations Grand Slam, the biggest prize in northern hemisphere rugby.

Will Carling's England are the very embodiment of Margaret Thatcher's Britain - snarling, brutish and all-conquering.

Scotland are the underdogs - second-class citizens from a land that's become the testing ground for the most unpopular tax in living memory: Thatcher's Poll Tax.

In Edinburgh, nationalism is rising high - what happens in the stadium will resound far beyond the pitch. The Grudge brilliantly recaptures a day that has gone down in history when a rugby match became more than a game.

This is the real story of an extraordinary conflict, told with astounding insight and unprecedented access to key players, coaches and supporters on both sides (Will Carling, Ian McGeechan, Brian Moore and the rest).

Tom English has produced a gripping account of a titanic struggle that thrusts the reader right into the heart of the action.

Game on.

BIC:

1DBKE England, 1DBKS Scotland, 3JJPR c 1990 to c 2000, WSB Sporting events & management, WSJF1 Rugby Union

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