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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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Becoming heroic, Garth Baker

The Open Side Richie McCaw (with Greg McGee) Hodder Moa, $50.00, ISBN 9781869712761 Valerie: The Autobiography Valerie Adams (with Phil Gifford) Hodder Moa, $50.00, ISBN 9781869712624 Let’s start with the numbers, all big. The initial 60,000 print run of Richie…
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Like great sex only better, Robert Burgess

Gladiator: The Norm Hewitt Story Michael Laws Darius Press, $29.95, ISBN 0473078252 Loyal: The Todd Blackadder Story  Phil Gifford Hodder Moa Beckett, $44.95, ISBN 1869588924 Head tilted back, eye-balling you. Norm on the front cover, bold and proud. And so…
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Authorised incompleteness, David Grant

Mike Brewer: The Authorised Biography Mike Brewer (with Phil Gifford) Rugby Publishers ISBN 0908630 530 New Zealand blokes are disciples of ritual. Most Saturday afternoons I happily participate in one myself. Following an hour or two chasing a petulant black…
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