By Barnes, DavidBy Burns, PeterBy Griffiths, John
Based on exclusive interviews with players past and present, this account provides unique insight into the drama and emotion of representing Scotland in the most rarefied of environments: test match rugby. Drawing out innumerable humorous anecdotes and heart-warming memories from... Russell Bruce and Frank Coutts in the 1940s as well as present-day players, these interviews uncover the heart and soul of Scottish rugby and recount the ecstasy of victory and the despair of defeat. From the tension before kickoff to the tumultuous heat of battle and the hijinks thereafter, this is the story of what it is like to play for Scotland, the sacrifices and joys experienced by those who have shed blood, sweat, and tears in pursuit of glory in the international jersey. Absorbing, illuminating, and compelling, this is a must-have for all rugby supporters who have dreamed of playing for Scotland.Read more
David Barnes is a freelance journalist who specialises in rugby. Having been forced to retire from the game because of a knee injury he has covered club, pro-team and international rugby for Scotland on Sunday, the Sunday Herald, Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday. He is the co-author of Behind the Thistle: Playing Rugby for Scotland. Peter Burns is the editor for Arena Sport and author of Behind the Thistle: Playing Rugby for Scotland, Behind the Ryder Cup: The Players' Stories, White Gold: England's Journey to World Cup Glory and also a co-author of Behind the Lions: Playing Rugby for the British & Irish Lions.
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