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Seeing how they run, Geoff Watson

When Running Made History Roger Robinson Canterbury University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9780815611004 New Zealanders have a longstanding connection with running. Long-distance running was one of the early activities of Māori and, from at least as early as the 1880s, New…
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The games we play, Owen Mann

Sport and the New Zealanders: A History Greg Ryan and Geoff Watson Auckland University Press, $65.00, ISBN 9781869408831 On Christmas Day last year, many people around the country would have ripped open a well-wrapped gift to discover a sportsperson’s biography…
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Secrets of the All Blacks not all that secret, Spiro Zavos

The Jersey: The Secrets Behind the World’s Most Successful Team Peter Bills Pan Macmillan, $38.00, ISBN 9781509856688 Murdoch: The All Black Who Never Returned Ron Palenski Upstart Press, $40.00, ISBN 9781988516127 The cultural historian E H McCormick once noted that…
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Runs in the memory, Harry Ricketts

Dawn of the Golden Weather: When Kiwi Cricketers Conquered the World John Mehaffey Steele Roberts, $35.00, ISBN 9780947493653 Cricket addicts, like most sports addicts, tend to look back to a golden age. This often coincides with their own first intense…
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Fifty years on, Spiro Zavos

The Team that Changed Rugby Forever: The 1967 All Blacks Alex McKay New Holland Publishers, $35.00, ISBN 9781869664725   On the afternoon of the first test between New Zealand and the British and Irish Lions, the 1967 All Blacks held…
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War games, Ron Palenski

War Blacks: The Extraordinary Story of New Zealand’s World War 1 All Blacks Matt Elliott HarperCollins, $45.00, ISBN 9781775540366 Tom Ellison has a lot to answer for. One of the early All Blacks of erudition and original thought, he wrote…
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Olympian heights, John Horrocks

Striking Gold: New Zealand Hockey’s Remarkable Victory at the 1976 Olympics Suzanne McFadden Mary Egan Publishing, $40.00 ISBN 9780473343729 Striking Gold is the story of one of the great moments in New Zealand’s sporting history. The 1976 Olympics are remembered…
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From the sidelines, Michele A’Court

Dan Carter: My Story Dan Carter with Duncan Greive Upstart Press, $50.00 ISBN 9781927262382 Here’s a crazy idea – get someone who doesn’t give a toss about rugby to review the autobiography of the world’s greatest rugby union fly-half. Madness.…
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In the pain, the pleasure, Mark Reason 

The Invisible Mile David Coventry Victoria University Press, $30.00 ISBN 9781776560431 David Coventry had a very good idea, perhaps a brilliant idea, of turning the 1928 Tour de France into an odyssey. It is a journey through spiritual and physical…
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The bloody World Cup, John Saker 

Inside The Cup: Secrets Behind Our All Black Campaigns Phil Gifford Penguin Books, $40.00 ISBN 9780143573463 The next, as yet unwritten, chapter of this book has just been played out with the All Blacks’ ruthless, successful march through this year’s…
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