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Title: W.W. Robinson's RUGBY FOOTBALL IN NEW ZEALAND, Its Development from Small Beginnings (1905). With an Introduction by Rowan Gibbs and Notes on Robinson's Life and his Sporting Career.
Description: Wellington, Smith's Bookshop Ltd, 2012. 0 pp. Soft cover. ISBN: 9780987668400. Softcover, 250 x 175mm. stapled. Colour cover reproducing the original. 72 pages, comprising a reprint of Robinson's 1905 booklet on rugby (16 pages), his 1888 article on Auckland rugby (10 pages), a biography of him (6 pages), an account of his rugby career and comments on his booklet (8 pages), plus notes which include sources and a discussion of various points raised, with a lot on early Thames and Auckland rugby and rugby players. ***In November 1905, midway through the All Black tour, William Wills Robinson, a former Auckland rugby player, published in London a 16-page booklet titled RUGBY FOOTBALL IN NEW ZEALAND, Its Development from Small Beginnings. Today the book is virtually unknown - no copy in any NZ library and not listed in McLaren's Rugby bibliography. The booklet traces the history of rugby in NZ and gives an account of his own career (from his days at Epsom College in Surrey) as a player, referee and coach, with his development of wing forward play as early as 1876. He describes the first games in Auckland and in Thames and his own part in the adoption of the Rugby rules. Reprinted here is this very scarce booklet, together with an earlier article written by Robinson in 1888 on the development of Auckland rugby (he gets the date wrong of the first Auckland-Thames game and this error has affected all subsequent histories of rugby in Auckland). There is also a biography of him with brief accounts of his other interests including horse racing, athletics, and amateur theatre. He was also a well-known cricketer in Thames and Auckland and a separate booklet on his cricketing career.W.W ROBINSON ON THE CRICKET FIELD, is also available. ***Postage will be reduced on this booklet. New.

Keywords: Rugby football / Epsom College / Cricket 9780987668400

Price: US$ 12.00 Seller: E.S.A.W. Books
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