Now in it’s 24th year, the Wooden Spoon Yearbook, is firmly established as the only illustrated yearbook produced for the rugby enthusiast.
The Rugby World Cup dominated 2019 and this 24th edition of the Wooden Spoon Rugby World Yearbook is the story of the build-up to the World Cup and a full report of the tournament from Japan’s opening match against Russia to South Africa’s dominant performance against England in the final. The highlights are remembered in the words of some of the leading rugby journalists with pictures from the sport’s top photographers – Uruguay beating Fiji, Wales’s win over Australia, Japan delighting the home fans with wins over Ireland and Scotland and of course, England’s sensational semi-final win against the All Blacks. South Africa’s success, the performance of their team and the leadership of their captain Siya Kolisi are now written into the history books but RWC 2019 will also be remembered for the way in which the Japanese nation took rugby to its heart and gave both players and supporters the time of their life during six fantastic weeks of competition. Wooden Spoon Rugby World Yearbook 2020 is a colourful record of a memorable year of rugby that has been enjoyed by fans not only in Japan but in clubs, bars and sitting rooms around the world.
Aside from the Rugby World Cup, the yearbook provides something for every fan. All aspects of rugby – club, internationals, women’s, sevens, youth are all covered in a book which celebrating winners around the world and also tackles some of the issues that rugby faces as it continues to attract larger audiences.
Contributors include Mick Cleary, Chris Foy, Sara Orchard, Chris Hewett, Chris Jones, Chris Thau, Hugh Godwin, David Stewart, Peter O’Reilly, Paul Bolton, Raechelle Inman, Neale Harvey, Alan Lorimer, Ruaridh O’Connor and Terry Cooper… plus a RWC 2019 World XV selected by Ian Robertson and Sir Ian McGeechan.
Royalties go to the Wooden Spoon rugby charity which has raised millions for disadvantaged children and young people.
HISTORY OF THE WORLD CUP (1975-2015)
This illustrated chronicle also includes profiles of the star performers over the years including Jonah Lomu, David Campese, Michael Lynagh, Thierry Lacroix, Gavin Hastings, Bryan Habana and Jonny Wilkinson, who holds the record for the most number of points in the competition.
The book concludes with a selection of the most memorable moments such as Western Samoa’s shock victory over Wales in 1991; Nelson Mandela’s handing over of the trophy to Springboks’ captain Francois Pienaar in 1995; and Jonny Wilkinson’s last minute winning drop goal in the 2003 final.
Edited by Peter Murray, this collector’s edition features images and details from every World Cup since 1987 to 2015.