Breathing Fire!
Extra image for Breathing Fire!

Breathing Fire!

The Official Book of the 2005 Six Nations Champions


RRP: £25.00
Online shop price: £16.49

Buy nowBuy Signed Copies

ISBN: 0954642880

Format: Hardback

Pages: 256pp

Size: 289mm x 250mm

Weight: 1780grammes

Illustrations: Full colour and black and white throughout

Published: May 2005

At the start of the 2005 Six Nations a team of sports photographers was given unprecedented access to the Welsh rugby team. Little did they know they were about to record a nation's greatest rugby moments for decades.

The result is Breathing Fire!, a spectacular 250 page book of stunning rugby photography that gets to the very heart and soul of Wales' Grand Slam triumph. From the pitch-side to the dressing room, from training to the team bus, these sensational photographs tell the story from the inside - Gareth Thomas driving the team bus, Kevin Morgan having his head stitched up, Gavin Henson doing his hair...

The official book of the team, Breathing Fire! also contains exclusive interviews with all the key players, telling the story of the Grand Slam in their own words.

"Brilliant pictures of our Grand Slam victory, interviews with all the boys and yours truly on the cover... what more could any Welsh rugby fan want from a book?"
Gareth Thomas

"A fantastic record of the most incredible two months of our lives."
Michael Owen

As featured in the Mail on Sunday, Western Mail and Rugby World magazine.

In-between famous victories on the pitch, the entire Welsh rugby team committed an immense amount of time and energy into this project.

Huw Evans has been photographing Welsh rugby for more than 25 years, setting up his Cardiff-based picture agency in 1993. Huw Evans Picture Agency is nthe official photography agency of the Welsh Rugby Union and all four Welsh rugby regios, and is renowned for its extensive library of Welsh rugby pictures going back to the 1970s ( and is the official photographer for the Welsh Rugby Union. Along with the other photographers employed by his agency he spent the whole of February and March 2005 following the Welsh team for this book.



May 2005

Less than two months have passed since Wales shocked the rugby world by claiming her first grand slam in 27 years, yet we already have a second book on the subject hitting the shelves. Paul Rees' 'Year of the Dragon' (click here for review) gave us the unofficial, written account of the season and now Welsh fans can get the glossy, giant-sized official document to sit alongside it on their coffee table. Official books from sporting teams all too often tend to be drab affairs, rushed into print to feed a hungry public and to make a quick buck before the hype dies down. The publishers should be praised in this case for making sure the quality of this book's design, content and appearance is worthy of some of the rugby that inspired it.

Sports photographic agency, the Huw Evans Picture Agency, were allowed unprecedented access to the Welsh squad for this campaign and, fortunately for them, it coincided with the first grand slam in nearly three decades. The book is divided into five chapters, one for each game of the campaign. Each section, beautifully presented, begins with behind the scenes images from training sessions, team travel and match preparations. This is followed by live action from the game and the subsequent changing room and celebration scenes.

Read the full review

You might also like

Signed copy of The British & Irish Lions Miscellany

The British & Irish Lions Miscellany

Online shop price: £6.49

More info

Signed copy of The Wales Rugby Miscellany

The Wales Rugby Miscellany

Online shop price: £6.49

More info

Signed copy of The Toughest Test

The Toughest Test

Online shop price: £19.99

More info

Signed copy of Breathing Fire! (Limited Edition)

Breathing Fire! (Limited Edition)

Online shop price: £39.99

More info

Buy signed copies

You can buy signed copies of this title from our Signed Books Shop.

Signed copy of Breathing Fire! (The Captains' Edition)

Signed by:

Online shop price: £49.99

More info