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Title:The Rugby War
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Publisher:HarperSports - AU
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Number of Pages:352
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The Rugby War by Peter FitzSimons

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Rugby War Tells the story of the revolution in world rugby that led to the game becoming fully professional The author relates the battle for control of Rugby Union between Kerry Packer and Rupert Murdoch

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