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Joe Egan: Last of rugby league's Indomitables (merged threads)

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The story of a unique sporting odyssey has now "almost disappeared from living memory" according to Professor Tony Collins, director of the International Centre for Sports History & Culture at De Montfort University.

Former Great Britain international rugby league player Joe Egan died at the age of 93 in November, closing the book on the story of the remarkable Indomitables' post-war tour to Australia and New Zealand.

http://www.bbc.co.uk...ngland-20542951

Good BBC article.

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Read the article, it is superb with lots of fascinating historical content and contains anecdotes featuring Eric Batten and Eddie Waring. It also includes lots of food for thought for those who like to maintain that things were better in the "good old days"

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Great article, would make a good documentary/film. Not many RL ones about.

Would be great to get some proper tours back again!

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When you read of the difficulties they encountered and the length of the tour coming on the back of a long domestic season and then you read about the Aussies not coming over here this autumn for a three game four nations because of player burnout concerns, it makes me wonder if they were super hard or the present generations are super soft.

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Thanks to Colin Thomson, a fan who first visited Odsal in the early Forties, the whole story of that 1946 tour has been well recorded in his book "The Indomitables" and published by London League Publications. www.llpshop.co.uk.

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Thanks to Colin Thomson, a fan who first visited Odsal in the early Forties, the whole story of that 1946 tour has been well recorded in his book "The Indomitables" and published by London League Publications. www.llpshop.co.uk.

Well worth putting on your Christmas list.

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