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A professional game for gentlemen: rugby union's transformation

@inproceedings{Zakus2007APG,
  title={A professional game for gentlemen: rugby union's transformation},
  author={D. Zakus and P. Horton},
  year={2007}
}
Rugby union football or 'rugby' as it is normally referred to in Australia, is said to be the 'game played in heaven'. Given the body contact and violence built into the game, this reference to the afterworld seems plausible. It is also a contradiction, as one would not usually associate rugby and heaven in the same thought. Rugby is above all, though, a game of the players. This is the central element of rugby's traditional culture of amateurism and anti-commercialisation, and was why rugby… Expand
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