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  • Published: 1 April 2011
  • ISBN: 9781845969516
  • Imprint: Mainstream Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 320

Nobody Beats Us

The Inside Story of the 1970s Wales Rugby Team




A celebration of a golden era in Welsh national rugby

In the 1970s, an age long before World Cups, rugby union to the British public meant Bill McLaren, rude songs and, most of all, Wales. Between 1969 and 1979, the men in red shirts won or shared eight Five Nations Championships, including three Grand Slams and six Triple Crowns. But the mere facts resonate less than the enduring images of the precision of Gareth Edwards, the sublime touch of Barry John, the sidesteps of Gerald Davies and Phil Bennett, the courage of J.P.R. Williams, and the forward power of the Pontypool Front Row and 'Merv the Swerve' Davies.

To the land of their fathers, these Welsh heroes represented pride and conquest at a time when the decline of the province's traditional coal and steel industries was sending thousands to the dole queue and threatening the fabric of local communities. Yet the achievements of those players transcended their homeland and extended beyond mere rugby fans. With the help of comedian Max Boyce, the culture of Welsh rugby and valley life permeated Britain's living rooms at the height of prime time, reinforcing the sporting brilliance that lit up winter Saturday afternoons.

In Nobody Beats Us, David Tossell, who spent the '70s as a schoolboy scrum-half trying to perfect the Gareth Edwards reverse pass, interviews many of the key figures of a golden age of Welsh rugby and vividly recreates an unforgettable sporting era.

  • Pub date: 1 April 2011
  • ISBN: 9781845969516
  • Imprint: Mainstream Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 320

About the Author

David Tossell

David Tossell has been a sports journalist for three decades and is director of European public affairs for the NFL. He is the author of ten sports books, four of which have been shortlisted in the British Sports Book Awards.

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Praise for Nobody Beats Us

“A belter . . . No book better explains why watching Wales was almost a religious experience (*****)”

Rugby World


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