Rugby Book of the Year

Sponsored by Robert Walters

  • Winner
    Beyond The Horizon by Richard Parks

    At the age of 31, Richard Parks lay in an empty white room at the back of the house his parents were renting. The successful rugby career that had dominated his adult life had just been finished by a shoulder injury. Devastated, he could see no future …

    Find out more

  • Shortlisted
    Behind The Rose by Stephen Jones & Nick Cain

    This is a complete history of the England rugby union team – told by men who have donned the white shirt with its iconic red rose. Based on a combination of painstaking research into the early years of the England team to interviews with a vast array o …

    Find out more

  • Shortlisted
    The Secret Life Of Twickenham by Chris Jones

    Twickenham Stadium is rightly venerated as the home of Rugby Football Union. The Secret Life of Twickenham digs into its colourful and celebrated history to reveal the many men and women – cutting across all social backgrounds, jobs, and positions – wi …

    Find out more

  • Shortlisted
    The Test by Brian O'Driscoll

    Between 1999, when he made his international debut, and his retirement earlier this year, there has been no greater player in world rugby than Brian O’Driscoll. In 2010 Rugby World magazine named him its world player of the decade – and his career culm …

    Find out more

  • Shortlisted
    Proud by Gareth Thomas and Michael Calvin

    Gareth Thomas had it all. He was a national hero, a sporting icon, captain of Wales and the British Lions. But this is the story of a man with a secret that was slowly killing him. The deceit ended when Gareth became the world’s most prominent athlete …

    Find out more

  • Shortlisted
    Undefeated by Rhodri Davies

    In the summer of 1974 the British and Irish Lions did something that no other side had ever done before. They returned home from a twenty-two-match, four-Test tour unbeaten, and did so against a backdrop of political turmoil, controversy and ostracism …

    Find out more