Winner of the 1999 Aberdare Prize for Sports History book of the year.

‘This book is a landmark in the history and historiography of rugby league and of rugby in general.’ Robert Gate, League Express.

‘Collins understands the difference between theory and empirically based conclusions. His straightforward prose shows how the sport changed and draws important links between that and the changing nature of Empire, trade unionism, local pride and masculine behaviour.’ Charles P. Korr, Journal of Sports History.