The Struggle and the Daring -

The Struggle and the Daring

The remaking of French rugby league

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The Catalan Dragons' stunning 2018 Wembley Challenge Cup victory came against a backdrop of well over half a century of both triumph and turbulence in French rugby league. Re-emerging from the iniquitous ban under the Vichy government, le rugby a treize was rebuilt from scratch after World War II - so successfully that the Tricolores were recognized as unofficial world champions after their dazzling, ground-breaking tour of Australia, and were at the forefront of international innovation, including the World Cup. Together with the acclaimed 'The Forbidden Game', which explored the story of the Vichy ban, 'The Struggle and the Daring' makes up the first-ever complete history of French rugby league. Based on extensive research and interviews, the book highlights the many great players France has produced and analyses key events as the game emerged from the chaos of post-Liberation France, continued to grapple with the threat posed by rugby union and, after a long decline, returned to the mainstream of professional rugby league.

Product code: 9781999333904

ISBN 9781999333904
No. Of Pages 352
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H234xW156xS27
Publisher Scratching Shed Publishing Ltd
Based on extensive research & interviews, highlights the many great players France has produced, analyses key events as the game emerged from the chaos of post-Liberation, continued to grapple with the threat posed by rugby union &, after a long decline, ends with Catalans Challenge Cup win in 2018