An Illustrated History of Welsh Rugby

'a great achievement that frames the game for young readers and curious grown-ups alike' – Carolyn Hitt, The Western Mail

‘A light-hearted, but also weighty, well researched, passionate and fun and serious look at our national game’ – Gary Raymond, The Review Show, BBC Radio Wales 

‘I love it . . . If you love rugby and history, I highly recommend it’ – Mike Bubbins, BBC Wales and The Socially Distant Sports Bar

‘underlines how rugby and Welsh society are intertwined. An impressive amount of detail has gone into its creation’ – The Welsh Rugby Union

‘excellent’ – Lee Calvert, The Guardian and Blood and Mud

‘a must have book on the greatest rugby nation in the world!’ Sam Roberts – BT, Sky and Channel 5 commentator

‘an excellent idea, really well done. Irreverent AND informative’ – Luke Upton, journalist and bestselling rugby author


For almost 140 years the Welsh rugby team has battled proudly on the international stage.

Full of tales of fighting clergymen, poisoned arrows and deathbed confessionals, James Stafford’s An Illustrated History of Welsh Rugby takes a unique look at the games, the players, the legends and the myths behind Wales’s national game.

Blending fun and facts with trivia and social history, this is Welsh rugby like you’ve never experienced it before. Brimming with delightful illustrations from Raluca Moldovan and irreverent humour, this book will fascinate young readers and curious adults alike.




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