The IRB World Rugby Yearbook 2007

The IRB World Rugby Yearbook 2007


By Paul Morgan and John Griffiths

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ISBN: 1905326114

Format: Paperback

Pages: 576

Size: 210mm x 149mm

Weight: 847grammes

Illustrations: 8 page colour section

Published: October 2006

The most comprehensive rugby yearbook on the planet.

Re-launched after an absence of three years, the IRB World Rugby Yearbook is back and it’s bigger and better than ever. Featuring more than 576 pages of world rugby stats and flagship features by influential rugby figures, this book is crammed with essential information for anyone from eminent rugby journos to ardent fans.



Special Australian and South African editions are also available in these territories, and you can buy the book from local suppliers in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

For information on the Australian edition please call Tower Books on +61 2 9975 5566

The South African edition is sold by Jonathan Ball Publishing +27 (0) 11 622 2900

The book is also available to be purchased locally in New Zealand through Addenda on +64 9 379 7401

About the Editor
Paul Morgan is the editor of Rugby World magazine (the biggest selling rugby magazine in the world), Paul Morgan is a highly respected rugby journalist. He also writes for the Mail on Sunday and has written several rugby books including Year of the Tiger with Leicester and England star Lewis Moody (ISBN 0-954642-85-6).


November 2006

East Terrace Book of the Month - November 2006

To rugby fans of a certain age the mention of Rothmans Rugby Yearbooks will produce a warm, nostalgic glow for days gone by.

In the era before the internet grouped and classified rugby results, albeit in a very inefficient and awkward manner, the only way to reference the results of tournaments and matches from seemingly everywhere in the rugby world was in the magical pages of those wonderful Rothman rugby annuals with their distinctive yellow and blue spines.

To those of us in the Northern Hemisphere the book was, to all extents and purposes, our Rugby Bible.

Alas, the Rothmans Rugby Union Yearbook eventually passed away and the responsibility of reviewing the global season was taken up by the IRB Yearbook. Collectors who had been gathering the title for the best part of three decades collectively sighed as the continuous stream of austere yellow and blue spines gave way to an ugly, clumsy photo montage that unsettled the balanced look of our bookshelves (or was that just us at The East Terrace?).

Then, suddenly, the yearbook died completely. The IRB yearbook ceased to be published and anyone wishing for a comprehensive review of the annual global rugby season was left as frustrated as a Munster winger waiting for a pass in Thomond Park in January.

Thankfully, Rugby World editor Paul Morgan and legendary statistician John Griffiths have resurrected the title and filled what, for a major sport like rugby, was an inexcusable gap in the market.

They haven't only restarted the series, either. They have injected some much-needed vitality into the book as well. The previous incarnation of the IRB Yearbook, especially the 2000-2001 edition, was a clunky, ugly and uninspired effort.

The 2007 edition, despite being nearly twice the size of earlier versions, is smarter, simpler and cleaner than those that have gone before. Consequently, navigating your way around the plethora of information in the book feels much less like a chore than it had previously and much more like a pleasure.

The 2007 annual has also expanded its coverage, and rightfully so, to encompass details of tournaments played outside of the major nations. Avid rugby followers will appreciate being able to read a comprehensive review of such tournaments as the European Nations Cup and the Pacific nations Cup (even if they mistakenly list the Czech Republic as having scored 131 points against Portugal in the former event).

There is also coverage of the Women's game in the form of the recent World Cup and the 2006 Six Nations.

The editors have wisely decided to include details and statistics on all twenty of the teams taking part in the 2003 world cup, rather than just focusing on the traditional major eight. Again, enhancing the depth of the title.

But the best addition to the 2007 title is the inclusion of the IRB Emirates Photograph of the Year award.

A glossy colour section features the best images snapped in the past twelve months. The competition is open to both amateur and professionals and hopefully will become a major feature of the book each year. Although one hopes that next year's title will include more than just the final six images they included this time. It is about time the visual aspect of rugby was given a major platform to shine on and this could be a perfect showcase.

The IRB 2007 Yearbook is a welcome return of an old friend. Vision Sports Publishing and Emirates should be commended for bringing the series back to life and doing it so well.

It is the kind of book that will be appreciated by the rugby connoisseur.

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