Glenn Webbe: The Gloves Are Off

Autobiography of Welsh rugby's first black icon

Glenn Webbe

The autobiography of rugby union star Glenn Webbe: the first black player to play for Wales, the first black British player to appear in a Rugby World Cup and the first of any color to score a hat-trick of tries.
Date Published :
December 2019
Publisher :
Y Lolfa
Contributor(s) :
Geraint Thomas
Illustration :
c.40 photos
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Paperback
ISBN : 9781912631155
Pages : 176
Dimensions : 8.5 X 5.5 inches
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Overview
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The autobiography of rugby union star Glenn Webbe: the first black player to play for Wales, the first black British player to appear in a Rugby World Cup and the first of any color to score a hat-trick of tries. A real ground-breaker in the sport in Britain, and a black icon, Webbe talks in depth about the experience of being a black rugby player in the 1980s, what it was like to be the first person of his race to represent Wales, his attitude to the ignorance and racism which can still rear its ugly head in the sport today, and the good humor with which he faced the prejudice he encountered in his career. The son of Windrush generation parents, Webbe played for Bridgend for 14 seasons and his 250+ tries in 404 matches for them gave him a strike rate second to none. Capped 10 times for Wales and loved by teammates and supporters alike, he is also famous for his trademark humor and practical jokes, and reveals many hilarious behind-the-scenes stories.

About The Author
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Glenn Webbe was a winger for Bridgend for 14 seasons, the first black player to play for Wales, the first black British player to appear in a Rugby World Cup and the first of any colour to score a hat-trick of tries. His 250-plus tries in 404 matches for Bridgend gave him a strike rate second to none, and he was loved by teammates and supporters alike. he is also famous for his trademark humour and practical jokes. Since retiring from rugby union, he now owns and runs a successful kitchen design business. Geraint Thomas is senior reporter for Media Wales, and was short-listed for the 2016 News Reporter of the Year in the Media Wales Awards. His previous book for Y Lolfa, Terry Davies: Wales’s First Superstar Fullback, also a rugby autobiography, was very well received and was shortlisted for the 2017 Cross Sports Book of the Year Awards.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
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1 Sisters, school and singing!; 2 A rugby education; 3 Senior rugby; 4 Bigots, banter and a banana; 5 Debut; 6 The Five Nations; 7 The Rugby World Cup; 8 Touring New Zealand; 9 Watching Wales from the bench; 10 Touring; 11 Sevens; 12 Calling it a day; 13 Life after rugby; 14 Last word; Friends and fans; Acknowledgments

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