Battle Lines on Three Fronts: The RFU and the Lost War Against Professionalism

  title={Battle Lines on Three Fronts: The RFU and the Lost War Against Professionalism},
  author={Pj le B Williams},
  journal={The International Journal of the History of Sport},
  pages={114 - 136}
  • P. Williams
  • Published 2002
  • Sociology
  • The International Journal of the History of Sport
As rugby union's development in the late twentieth century brought it to resemble other professional team sports, The Rugby Football Union remained steadfast in retaining the game's officially amateur status. This essay attempts to identify a critical period in which a combination of events set in motion forces for change the authorities would be unable to contain. This turning point in the sport's recent history caused the RFU to defend its increasingly-isolated position against three separate… Expand
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