War Blacks: The Extraordinary Story of New Zealand’s World War 1 All Blacks
Tom Ellison has a lot to answer for. One of the early All Blacks of erudition and original thought, he wrote a small book in 1902 in which he described rugby as a soldier-making game. Here was the link, some people thought, and all the more emphatic because it came from a practitioner’s pen: rugby is a game that prepares young men for war. Here was tangible evidence which another original thinker, but a cricketer rather than a rugby player, George Orwell, was able to put into his articulate words more than 40 years later when he described international sport as war without the shooting.
This content is restricted to subscribers.
If you are an existing subscriber, please login. If you would like to subscribe to NZ Books: A Quarterly Review, find out more here.