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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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: Schools > Salford Business School > Salford Business School Research Centre
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: 15 Feb 2022 16:25

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