Moderne design stil Stack Stevens: Cornwall's Rugby Legend (Paperback) by Tomlin Steve eOOqzt9b

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This is the incredible story of Brian 'Stack' Stevens born during the war in a remote former mining area of Cornwall with no sporting background but who found he had an exceptional talent for rugby. When still a teenager he was playing in the front row of the scrum against established international players but with Penzance being cut off from the rugby mainstream he would have very little recognition for a decade. At 28 following some outstanding county matches for Cornwall he was at last given an England trial and went on to win 25 full international caps for England over the next six years including famous wins over the top southern hemisphere teams and scoring the winning try against the All Blacks in Auckland as well as representing the British Lions in New Zealand two years earlier. His life was a constant battle with his father who needed him at home on the farm to the extent that he prevented him going on a second Lions tour and a further trip to Australia. He eventually signed for Harlequins after a bitter tug-of-war with his local club Penzance & Newlyn and had to travel overnight to London for England training and Harlequins matches by hitching a lift on a broccoli lorry to Covent Garden and then back again afterwards. Stack is still very much a favoured son throughout Cornwall where the locals see him as 'one of their own' and now has two rugby-playing sons both on the edge of becoming professionals. He continued to run the farm after his father died and when he finally stopped playing he was then an England selector. In recent years he has suffered from a serious neurological condition but as ever he continues to battle against the odds. This book has been written with the full cooperation of Brian and his family by someone who played with him and who remains a friend.