A World in Conflict: The Global Battle for Rugby Supremacy

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Geoff Parkes, Dec 6, 2017 - Sports & Recreation - 486 pages

Power and influence in rugby is shifting away from its historical tie to international on-field success, much of it in the southern hemisphere, to the boardrooms of cashed-up, influential rugby clubs in the UK and France.

A confused rugby calendar is subjected to a ‘land grab’ from clubs and national unions, all striving to maximise revenue. Player welfare concerns are cited by all and sundry, yet are cast aside as soon as there is a dollar to be made.

Told through the eyes of rugby identities from around the world, this is a fascinating story of a once staunchly amateur sport now fully engulfed in the clutches of professionalism—the future uncertain and the fabric of ‘the game they play in heaven’ straining under the excesses and ambitions of rugby’s new powerbrokers.


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ONE Giteaus Law and other Australian ructions
TWO World Rugbywhos driving the bus?
THREE The rise and rise of professional clubs
FOUR Following the money trail norththe player drain
FIVE Reconstructing paradisethe impact
SIX Rugby learns how to swim in cash
EIGHT The Celtic nations navigate rugbys choppy waters
NINE Exploding the player welfare myth
TEN The Lionsstill the pinnacle or past their use
ELEVEN Shaping rugbys new world order

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About the author (2017)

Raised in a rugby family in New Zealand’s King Country, Geoff Parkes is an experienced Melbourne-based writer.

He writes for Australia’s leading interactive sports website theroar.com.au, his regular Monday column ‘The Wrap’ popular for its weekly insights into all matters rugby.

Combining a solid rugby pedigree with a degree in Physical Education (Otago), a Masters of Business Administration (Monash) and post-graduate study in Creative Writing (RMIT), Geoff is eminently qualified to write with authority on matters impacting on rugby globally, on and off the field. 

In addition to sports writing, Geoff maintains business interests in Dental Practice, Education and the Health and Beauty industry.

‘A World in Union Conflict: The Global Battle For Rugby Supremacy’ is his first book.

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