Author(s): Spiro Zavos
In 2007, 20 rugby-playing nations will take to the field to try and bring home rugby's most coveted prize, the William Webb Ellis trophy. Over 44 intense days, supporters will pour into rugby grounds and stadiums to watch the 47 matches that will lead up to the Rugby World Cup final in Paris on October 20. Around the world, an estimated 3.4 billion viewers will turn on their TV sets to be thrilled, maddened and exhilarated by the action as it unfolds. In this exciting book, acclaimed New Zealand rugby writer Spiro Zavos provides an insight into the extraordinary events that in 20 years have taken the Rugby World Cup from a pipedream to its place as one of the world's three top sporting events, equalled only by the Olympics and the Soccer World Cup. How to Watch the Rugby World Cup 2007 is an insider's guide to the players, coaches, referees, strategies, and national styles and idiosyncrasies that have shaped the five past tournaments, and that will make 2007 the most thrilling of them all. If you love rugby, you cannot afford to be without it. First published April 2007.