The Final Whistle: The Great War in Fifteen Players

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In the years leading up to World War I, the rugby grounds of Britain became training grounds for war. This book plays tribute to the pivotal role rugby played in the Great War by following the poignant stories of 15 men who played for Rosslyn Park, London. They came from diverse backgrounds, with players from Australia, Ceylon, Columbia, Ireland, and South Africa, but they were united by their love of the game and their courage in the face of war. This history follows them from London to the Western Front, Mesopotamia, Turkey, Italy, and Dublin, through some of the war's fiercest battles. The Final Whistle is a must-read for any rugby enthusiast or World War I historian.

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Stephen Cooper has played and coached rugby for over forty years.

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"A fresh and fascinating take on the impact of the Great War with a novel and moving focus." —Ian Hislop

"This is a deeply moving book about the loss of fifteen members of Rosslyn Park rugby club during the Great War... these young men, all so promising, are poignantly and vividly recalled." —Max Arthur

"Stephen Cooper has written a haunting and beautiful book. Here we see the grinding slaughter and the everyday humanity of men hurled into the abyss of modern warfare at its most terrible. His book tells the story of men from one rugby club but it is a universal narrative of heroism and loss. He writes superbly and has produced a book of commendable scholarship. I cannot recommend it enough." —Fergal Keane

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