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Cycle of conflict: A decade of strife in English professional rugby

Williams, PJ 2008, 'Cycle of conflict: A decade of strife in English professional rugby' , The International Journal of the History of Sport, 25 (4) , pp. 65-81.

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    Rugby union was the last major international sport to embrace open professionalism. In the years leading up to the abandonment of the amateur principle by the sport’s world governing body, the (English) Rugby Football Union’s rearguard action on both domestic and international fronts left it ill-equipped to cope with the realities of a new world order. This discussion will provide a brief review of the circumstances which led to rugby union’s change of status; examine in detail how and why conflicts which emerged in the aftermath of professionalism were particular to the English experience; analyse events which have sustained these conflicts over a decade; and offer an assessment of future prospects for stability in the domestic game. Keywords: Rugby Union; RFU; Professionalism; Club-versus-Country

    Item Type: Article
    Themes: Subjects outside of the University Themes
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Business & Law > Salford Business School > Centre for Sports Business
    Journal or Publication Title: The International Journal of the History of Sport
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 0952-3367
    Funders: Non funded research
    Depositing User: PJ Williams
    Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2012 12:40
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 18:35

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