No Borders

Playing Rugby for Ireland

Tom English

Packed full of exclusive and previously untold stories, this Irish rugby edition joins the best-selling series of behind-the-scenes histories from Arena Sport.
Date Published :
January 2019
Publisher :
Arena Sport
Series :
Behind the Jersey Series
Illustration :
color throughout
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781909715707
Pages : 384
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6.1 inches
Stock Status : In stock


Fully updated to include Ireland’s historic victory over the All Blacks and their 2018 Six Nations Grand Slam.

From Jack Kyle's immortals to Brian O'Driscoll's golden generation, this is the story of Irish rugby told in the players' words.

Celebrated rugby writer Tom English embarks on a pilgrimage through the four provinces to reveal the fascinating and illuminating story of playing test rugby in the emerald green of Ireland - all the glory of victory, all the pain of defeat, and all the craic behind the scenes.But this is more than just a nostalgic look back through the years, it is a searing portrait of the effects of politics and religion on Irish sport, a story of great schisms and volatile divisions, but also as story of the profound unity, passionate friendships and the bonds of a brotherhood.

With exclusive new interview material with a host of Ireland rugby greats, No Borders unveils the compelling truth of what it means to play for Ireland at Lansdowne Road, Croke Park and around the world. This is the ultimate history of Irish rugby - told, definitively, by the men who have been there and done it.

About The Author

Tom English is an award-winning BBC Sport writer and broadcaster. He won Rugby Book of the Year at the 2011 British Sports Book Awards for The Grudge, before claiming the prize again in 2016 for No Borders: Playing Rugby for Ireland. He is a co-author of the best-selling Behind the Lions: Playing Rugby for the British & Irish Lions.


Head and shoulders above the rest' 

- Irish Independent

If you've been a fan for decades there's plenty of reminiscing in these stories and you're guaranteed to learn more... and even if you've only found a love for the game on these shores in more recent times I can think of no better way to bring you up to speed'

- Harpin' On Rugby

No Borders is a wonderful distillation of the Irish rugby spirit'

- Irish News

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