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Battle lines on three fronts: The RFU and the lost war against professionalism

Williams, PJ 2002, 'Battle lines on three fronts: The RFU and the lost war against professionalism' , The International Journal of the History of Sport, 19 (4) , pp. 114-136.

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    Abstract

    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, though related, pressure groups: the senior English clubs, the national team and the progressive elements on the International Rugby Board. Keywords: Sport; rugby union; professionalism;amateurism; RFU

    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: 10 Dec 2012 13:08
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 18:35
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/27325

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