A new audiobook capturing the full history of rugby’s global showpiece …
Featuring the iconic anthem “World in Union” by Hayley Westenra, plus match commentary and sound effects from key moments across all nine Rugby World Cup tournaments from 1987 to 2019.
From print to audio
A Complete History of the Rugby World Cup: In Pursuit of Bill has been published three times in print (2007, 2011 and 2015), and in November 2007 David Llewellyn from The Independent in the UK described the first edition as “a minor masterpiece”. Now rugby fans and sports podcast listeners can enjoy it as an audiobook for the first time including the historic 2019 tournament in Japan.
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Not everyone wanted a Rugby World Cup, and what had remained a strictly amateur game for a proud white collar population was thought to be under threat of being pulled towards professionalism if it allowed such a tournament to be born. Those fears would eventually prove correct, and the modern game was forced to become professional in 1995, but not before many fierce boardroom battles that played out across various unions around the world prior to the first tournament in 1987. Have a free listen now to Chapter 2 and hear how it played out …
About the author
Lance Peatey is an Australian author and established media business leader with a career spanning more than 20 years across four continents. He has worked for major global media organisations including Disney/ESPN, BBC, IMG Media, and both the Nine Network and Seven Network in Australia. Lance also assisted former Wallabies star flanker David Pocock with two editions of his autobiography “Openside”.
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