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The Forbidden Game (Third Reprint) - Back In Stock!

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THE FORBIDDEN GAME

by Mike Rylance

DUE TO EXTRAORDINARY DEMAND, NOW IN ITS THIRD REPRINT!

Kindle Edition also available from www.amazon.co.uk

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The phenomenal rise of Rugby League in pre-war France and its scandalous obliteration by the collaborationist Vichy government qualifies as one of the greatest stories never told. Corruption, brutality and shamateurism had plagued the world of orthodox rugby when Rugby League made its first appearance across the Channel, bringing with it open professionalism and a new, dynamic sporting spectacle which delighted the public. Only six seasons later le rugby à treize , the troublesome upstart, was wiped out by a conspiracy which counts as one of the most extreme examples of one sport¹s hostility towards another. A victim of the shadowy rugby union figures who stalked the newly-opened corridors of power at Vichy, Rugby League suffered a scandalous abuse of authority which has had repercussions up to the present day.

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Great book.. would love to see this turned into a documentary for TV..

I agree, but I think they've missed the boat with the documentary. These things are always more authoritative when people are still alive (although I'd still love to see it).

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I've got the electronic version (Kindle) - highly recommended

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Do reprints also get updates? Particularly since Catalan have got a firm foot hold these days...

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I've got the electronic version (Kindle) - highly recommended

Been meaning to read this for ages so just downloaded it to my Kindle

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Cracking book we should send a copy to Stephen Jones.

And all the players thinking of going over to play Union from Rugby League.I wonder how many pro players have read it?

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Cracking book we should send a copy to Stephen Jones.

Oh I like the idea of that, perhaps he autograph it for me !

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