Rugby Books

Throwing the Book

Wayne Barnes is my favourite referee of all time. This is essential reading.


Could everyone just be a bit more ‘Siya’?

Around the World in 80 Minutes

‘A mesmerising, unforgettable journey around world rugby. ‘

The Boys of Winter

The individual player’s stories from 2003, how the World Cup win changed their lives and where they are now…

Rugby World Cup France 2023

Whether you were there or not, this is the book for you!

World Rugby Records

For the complete rugby bore. You know who you are. 🙂

Unholy Union

Mark Evans, former CEO of Harlequins (amongst many other high-profile roles), always impresses me with his clear thinking and deep knowledge of sports markets (alongside the tactical and technical of rugby itself).

Unholy Union is a deep dive into professional rugby. I ordered it myself this week.


A handbook for athletes navigating the end of professional sport.

This is the latest offering from former guest on the show – Ben Mercer – and it sounds awesome!

Loose Head: Confessions of an (un)professional rugby player

Joe Marler is one of the most fascinating characters in rugby. This is his hilarious, unfiltered truth about being a rugby player – from the horsey’s mouth.

The Cracks of the Puzzle

This is a book authored by a future guest. Alex Cassidy has combined amateur rugby, concussion issues and mental health into stunning debut novel.

This is an essential read for anyone with an interest in rugby union. It transported me back to my 20’s, playing Old Boys rugby in London.

Exe Men: The Extraordinary Rise of the Exeter Chiefs

The rise of the Exeter Chiefs from the lower leagues to a League and European double is the stuff of fairytales. All done with a traditional and strong culture.

I was fortunate to meet Mr Kitson at a pre-match lunch recently and he was delightful company, I’d recommend you buy the book based on that alone!

Rugby Has F***ing Laws, Not Rules: A Guided Tour Through Rugby’s Bizarre Law Book

As you know, I’m a massive rugger-law-bore, so this book is right up my alley.

“In an effort to provide some much-needed clarity, Paul Williams takes an irreverent, hilarious, p*ss-taking tour through the labyrinth that is rugby’s rule book – or, for the pedantic, rugby’s law book.”

The Rugby Players Journal

Created by The Amateur Rugby Podcast for the serious rugby player in your life.

Doddie’s Diary​

I supported My Name’5 Doddie Foundation on the Great Rugger Run.

“Join Doddie as he lifts the lid on what his life with MND has really been like, both in public and in private. Being Doddie, there’s always lots of laughter and an incredibly positive attitude, but it’s also a rollercoaster of emotions. It’s a battle Doddie will continue to tackle with his trademark dignity and legendary humour. And it’s a fight he remains determined to win.”

A Week One Summer

Floyd Steadman was mentioned by his brother-in-law, Phil Westren in Episode 54.

Floyd has prevailed against immense odds, prevailing not with anger, argument or hysterics, but with persistence, dignity and integrity. ‘A Week One Summer’ is his story.

A Very Tall Story

“A hilarious and, at times, moving and soul-searching account of rugby union’s rollercoaster days in the 1990s, told through the eyes of a player who saw it all as the sport lurched shambolically from the crazy final days of amateurism into the professional era.”

Unforgettable: Rugby, dementia and the fight of my life

Our game is at a pivotal point. Steve Thompson’s story (amongst others) might be the catalyst for huge change.

“Despite the constant reminders of what has been lost, and what is still to lose, Steve’s powerful story is one of hope and courage. Unforgettable stands as testament to the ultimate strength of the human mind – and to a man no longer pushing himself to the limit for competition, but for his own place in the world.”

Remarkable Rugby Grounds

Amazing pictures of remarkable rugby grounds from around the world.

Rugby Shirts

Bath Rugby shirt

The most chosen option when I ask my guests their favourite kit of all time – any team from any era.

Rugby Kit

Rugby Beanie Hat

It’s cold outside. Get an Eat Sleep Rugby Repeat Beanie on your head!

Adidas Kakari Z.0 Rugby Boots

There’s never a bad time for a new pair of boots – how about these smashers from Adidas?

Gilbert Rugby Shoulder Pads

The Pros don’t wear this kind of thing anymore, but I know you Amateurs still do.

Canterbury Men’s Baselayer Cold Leggings

Keep those legs warm on cold winter training nights. Or,if you’re brave enough you can even wear them in matches now!

Canterbury Stampede Rugby Boots

New season, new boots? Why don’t you try out this stylish and subtle creation from Canterbury?

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