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ISBN: 9780857042200
AUTHOR: Major John Evans DSO & Michael Bennie
The All Whites
The All Whites
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Formed as Newton Volunteers in 1873, just two years after the founding of the Rugby Football Union, Newton Abbot Rugby Club has had an interesting and varied history.

This highly illustrated book traces the development of the club, from the early days, when the rules were lax and ‘anything goes’ seemed to be the order of the day, to today’s organised and formalised game, and from when rugby was a male only preserve to todays era which includes girls, ladies and youth teams.

Among the highlights are the hosting of three All Black touring teams, who spoke of the town’s ‘wonderful hospitality’, as well as one from South Africa and one from Australia.

Development was not always peaceful, and the book describes arguments aplenty: disputed match results leading to walk-outs and boycotts; internal disagreements about selection decisions; and the ‘great rumpus’ caused by a brief flirtation with rugby league. But it weathered these storms, as well as two world wars, to become the strong, vibrant club it is today at the core of its community.

Major John Evans, DSO, joined Newton Abbot Rugby Club in 1947. He played for Tenby, Pembrokeshire County, the Welsh Guards and Plymouth Albion in the pre-war years, but lost his left arm during the war, which put an end to his career. He served the club for 23 years, 11 of them as Chairman, and also served on the Devon Rugby Union for many years.

Michael Bennie is an acclaimed local author.

To celebrate the publication of this history of 140 years of Newton Abbot RFC, a special edition of 100 copies of the book is available. In a superb slipcase and personally signed by the author, the book is available at £50.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 220 0, hardback, 297x210mm, 160 pages. Published June 2014.

All Whites Edition: Standard Edition
Slip Cased Edition (+ £25.01)
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