This book critically examines how rugby union has developed in recent years, in nations on the periphery of the sport. Focusing on people and places on the fringes, it examines contemporary issues and challenges within the global game.
Such a collection is timely, as the sport’s governing body seeks to expand influence and participation beyond the eight core nations, with the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan being the first time that that tournament has taken place outside of the core. Presenting case studies from Europe, Africa, North and South America, Asia and the Middle East, this collection offers an interdisciplinary account of a sport that is undergoing a period of significant change. Through examination of topics such as the development of rugby sevens and the growth of women’s rugby, it considers what the future may hold for the sport.
Rugby in Global Perspective is important reading for students of sport in society, the globalisation of sport, sports studies, sport development and associated fields. It is also a valuable resource for academic researchers working in rugby union or sport in the peripheral rugby nations, as well as those with an interest in cultural geography, sociology, development studies, events studies, event management and sport management.
Table of Contents
1. Japan 2019 and the internationalisation of rugby union 2. Challenging the core: the rise of Argentina in international rugby 3. Against all odds: Fijiana’s flight from zero to hero in the Rugby World Cup 4. From past to present: is there room for professional rugby in the United States of America? 5. Struggling for recognition: developing rugby union in Lebanon 6. ‘Moufflons’ living precariously: the brief history of rugby union in Cyprus 7. Rugby and sport development in Brazil: from peripheral to centre stage 8. Rugby beyond the core in Africa 9. Rugby towards 2030
John Harris is Associate Dean Research in the Glasgow School for Business and Society at Glasgow Caledonian University, UK.
Nicholas Wise is Senior Lecturer in Tourism and Event Management at Liverpool John Moores University, UK.