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"No Helmets Required", the story of the 1953 American All Stars Rugby League team's tour to Australia and New Zealand is now available to order from Amazon. I believe the book is published in May. I'm not sure what the ebook status is.

 

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"No Helmets Required", the story of the 1953 American All Stars Rugby League team's tour to Australia and New Zealand is now available to order from Amazon. I believe the book is published in May. I'm not sure what the ebook status is.

 

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Excellent! I'll stick that on my shopping list. :)

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I've been looking forward to this book coming out for a few years now. If the time it's taken to research and get the book to print is an indicator then it should be a good read.

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I have a copy of this on order - ETA next Monday. I'll report as soon as I've read it.

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That title should be one of the T & C's for joining this forum.

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I have a copy of this on order - ETA next Monday. I'll report as soon as I've read it.

I've pre ordered it too but I won't hold my breath on it arriving on Monday. It was supposed to have come out at the start of May but has been postponed a couple of times now.

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That title should be one of the T & C's for joining this forum.

 

I laughed a little :)

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I've pre ordered it too but I won't hold my breath on it arriving on Monday. It was supposed to have come out at the start of May but has been postponed a couple of times now.

That nice Mr Amazon has just sent a runner with a cleft stick, containing a note informing me that my copy has been despatched. Woohoo! :)

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It has arrived, so that's my weekend's reading sorted.

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Interesting - an initial flick through the pages reveals an unusual visual presentation, with photos, posters, period adverts and press clippings on almost every page, with the text of the book wrapped around them.

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Read the lot on Saturday. What a story! They could make a film of the 1953 tour. Mike Dimitro was even more of a hustler than I'd imagined, the players were given a baptism of fire and a horrendous itinerary but Gavin Willacy has got as many survivors as possible to help tell the tale. It is funny, inspiring and ultimately frustrating, as chance after chance to get major movers and shakers involved in establishing RL in the USA was fumbled or spurned.

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Mine arrived on Saturday but I'd just started another book. Looking forward to reading it after flicking through it especially the chapters on what transpired after the tour returned home.

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Do any Parramatta or Leeds fans remember a big blond American player Al E.Kirkland? After the All Stars tour, he was signed first by the Eels (in 1956), but soon left because he really wanted to to play in England. Apparently, he was doing pretty well, but couldn't get a work visa and returned to the USA, which is a shame.

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Read the lot on Saturday. What a story! They could make a film of the 1953 tour. Mike Dimitro was even more of a hustler than I'd imagined, the players were given a baptism of fire and a horrendous itinerary but Gavin Willacy has got as many survivors as possible to help tell the tale. It is funny, inspiring and ultimately frustrating, as chance after chance to get major movers and shakers involved in establishing RL in the USA was fumbled or spurned.

So far I've only been able to scan the book, but even doing that I can tell that this is an outstanding effort by Gavin Willacy, and should be a contender for the Sports Book of the Year award.

 

Fascinating to see that in the 1950s it looked possible at one time as though Richard Nixon might be involved with Rugby League in the USA.

 

Also that Pete Rozelle was drawn in when he was the PRO of the Los Angeles Rams.

 

Rozelle subsequently became the Commissioner of the NFL, and was, in my view, probably the greatest sports administrator the world has yet see seen, given the way he transformed the fortunes of gridiron in the USA.

 

What a missed opportunity it all was!

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Fascinating to see that in the 1950s it looked possible at one time as though Richard Nixon might be involved with Rugby League in the USA.

Weird, isn't it? If you've read Hunter S.Thompson, you'll know that Nixon was an avid and very knowledgeable fan of American Football.

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Gavin is on radio 2 this evening around 6.45pm with a slot on Simon Mayo show about the book.

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