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Autobiographies and biographies of Welsh rugby players, coaches and media personnel. All books on this page are secondhand hardback with a dust wrapper in very good clean condition, without writing inside, unless otherwise stated. Signed books can be found on this page apart from those with personal dedications.

The books are listed in alphabetical order by surname with multiple player biographies to the bottom of the page. Please click on the links below to be taken directly to players with surnames beginning with that letter. 

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Allan BATEMAN

Neath, Wales & British Lions

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"Allan Bateman - There and Back Again" an autobiography with Paul Rees

A Welsh Rugby Union & League international. British Lion in 1997. Bateman reveals a match fixing scandal in the early 1990s. A second-hand hardback in very good condition

 1st Edition 2001 191 pages Ref: bkbiwa-bateman2001back- £15.00

 

Phil BENNETT

Llanelli, Wales & British Lions

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"Everywhere for Wales" - An Autobiography with Martyn Williams

Great Welsh fly half, captain of the 1977 Lions. A second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in very good condition 

1st Edition 1981 176 pages Ref: bkbiwa-bennett1981everywhere - £12.00

 

Phil BENNETT

Llanelli, Wales & British Lions

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"Phil Bennett The Autobiography" - with Graham Thomas

Great Welsh fly half, captain of the 1977 Lions and 1978 Wales Grand Slam team. Now a much respected pundit of the game. His second biography. A second-hand hardback with a dust wrapper in very good condition.

1st Edition 2003 312 pages Ref: bkbiwa-bennett2003autobiog - £14.00

 

Derek BEVAN

International Referee from Wales

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"Derek Bevan - The Man in the Middle" - autobiography with Owen Jenkins

Welsh international referee, holds the record for the most matches controlled including 1991 Rugby World Cup Final. A second-hand hardback with a dust wrapper

1st Edition 2001 Pages 160  Ref: bkbiwa.rf-bevan2001man - £15.00

 

Steve BLACK

Fitness coach, Newcastle, Wales & British Lions

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"Blackie" - Steve Black with Arthur McKenzie

From bouncing in the pubs of Newcastle to the fitness coach on the British Lions 2001 tour of Australia, the Steve Black story tells all. Foreword by Jonny Wilkinson ' Blackie is an inspirational character with a totally unique gift. He is a true friend  

1st Edition 2004 Pages 240 Ref: TC4-bkbiwa-black2004blackie-ch - £14.00

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Tommy DAVID

Wales & British Lions

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Tommy David - "He Velly Big Man" by Dan O'Neil, 

Pontypridd & Llanelli flanker who toured South Africa with 1974 Lions, illustrated by Gren. A second-hand hardback with illustrated boards in very good condition 

1st Edition 1983 Pages 91 Ref: bkbiwa-david1983velly -  £19.00

 

Bryan 'Yogi' DAVIES

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"The Scrum that Changed my Life" - with Elfyn Pritchard

Five minutes into a rugby match between Bala & Nant Conwy on 21 April 2007, the first scrum collapsed leaving Bala Hooker, Bryan 'Yogi' Davies with life-changing injuries, a broken neck and damaged lungs. This book tells the story of his life before the accident and his heroic fight for survival following the scrum that changed his life. "One of the saddest and most inspirational sports autobiographies you'll ever read". A second-hand paperback in very good condition.

1st Edition 2013 191 pages Ref: bkbiwaot-davies.b2013scrum-pb - £8.00

 

Dai DAVIES

Neath & Wales Rugby League

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"Man of Amman" by Phil Melling

Interesting biography, a look at pre-war Welsh rugby and the hardships in the valleys. Davies played for Neath then went North and played for Broughton Rangers, Warrington, Huddersfield & Keighley. A second-hand paperback in very good condition 

1st Edition 1994 135 Pages  Ref: bkbiwaot-davies.d1994amman-pb -  £14.00

 

Gareth DAVIES

Wales & British Lions

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"Standing Off" - Autobiography

Welsh No 10, a secondhand hardback with dust wrapper in very good condition 

1st Edition 1986

Pages  176

Ref: TC2-bkbiwa-davies.gareth1986standing - £10.00

 

Gerald DAVIES

Wales & British Lions

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"An Autobiography" - Gerald Davies

Legendary Welsh wing who scored a record number of tries. A second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in very good condition

 1st Edition 1979 Pages 160  Ref: bkbiwa-davies.gerald1979autobiog -  £9.00

    

Gerald DAVIES 

Wales & British Lions

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"An Autobiography" Wales & Lions winger

Legendary Welsh wing who scored a record number of tries. A second-hand hardback with d/w in very good condition - SIGNED BY GERALD DAVIES

 1st Edition 1979 Pages 160  Ref: bkbiwa-davies.gerald1979autobiog-au  £25.00

 

Gerald DAVIES

Wales & British Lions

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"Welsh Rugby Scrapbook" by Gerald Davies

Legendary Welsh wing who scored a record number of tries. A look at Welsh rugby in the 1970s through the eyes of Gerald Davies. A second-hand paperback in very good condition

 1st Edition 1983 112 pages Ref: bkbiwa-davies.gerald1983scrapbook-pb - £7.50

 

Jonathan DAVIES

Wales

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"Jonathan" An autobiography with Peter Corrigan

First biography of this great Welsh No 10 who also became a rugby league legend. Returned to union to play for Cardiff & Wales, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in very good condition

 1st Edition 1989 Pages  205 Ref: bkbiwa-davies.j1989jonathan - £15.00

 

Jonathan DAVIES

Wales

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"Code Breaker" with Peter Corrigan, 

Part 2 of the story of union & league star, one of the most gifted players ever to pull on the red jersey of Wales, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in very good condition

1st Edition 1996 Pages 216 Ref: TC4-bkbiwa-davies.j1996code -  £14.00

 

Mervyn DAVIES

London Welsh, Swansea, Wales & British Lions

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"Mervyn Davies Number 8" - autobiography with David Parry-Jones

Biography of great 1970s Welsh & British Lions No 8. A second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in very good condition.

1st Edition 1977 208 pages Ref: bkbiwa-davies.m1977mervyn  £15.00

 

Mervyn DAVIES

London Welsh, Swansea, Wales & British Lions

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"In Strength and Shadow - The Mervyn Davies Story" - autobiography with David Roach

Biography of great 1970s Welsh & British Lions No 8. A second-hand hardback with a dust wrapper in very good condition.

1st Edition 2004 224 pages Ref: bkbiwa-davies.m2004strength - £15.00

 

Terry DAVIES

Llanelli,  Wales & British Lions

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"Terry Davies - Wales's First Superstar Fullback" with Geraint Thomas 

Terry Davies, reveals the truth about his life in rugby in the 1950s The book tells of the remarkable life story of the Lions star, encompassing his childhood in Llanelli, learning rugby in Strade School, making his debut as a schoolboy for Swansea, entering the Royal Marines and winning his first cap before going on to become a household name. From the highs of touring New Zealand and beating the All Blacks in their own back yard to the lows of a career-threatening shoulder injury. A secondhand paperback book in very good condition

1st edition 2016 248 pages Ref: bkbiwa-davies.t2016terry-pb - £10.00

 

John DAWES

London Welsh, Wales & British Lions

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"The Man Who Changed the World of Rugby" by Ross Reyburn 

The rugby career of the 1971 Wales Grand Slam and British Lions victorious teams. Updated edition a secondhand paperback book in very good condition

Revised edition 2016 248 pages Ref: bkbiwa-dawes2016john-pb  - £10.00

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Gareth EDWARDS

Cardiff, Wales & British Lions

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"Gareth" An Autobiography

Often voted the greatest rugby player of all time, this Welsh scrum half. Edwards was a powerhouse and unstoppable from the base of the scrum, a member of the all conquering 1971 and 1974 British Lions and who can forget that try against the All Blacks for the Barbarians. A second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in very good condition

Published in 1978

Pages 176 Ref: bkbiwa-edwards1978gareth - £12.00

 

Gareth EDWARDS

Cardiff, Wales and British Lions

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"Gareth Edwards' most memorable matches" 

Published by Stanley Paul this book covers most of Edwards' career with particular emphasis on his appearances for Wales. A second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in very good condition. 

1st Edition 1984 Pages 109 Ref: bkbiwa-edwards1984memorable - £9.00

 

Gareth EDWARDS

Cardiff, Wales & British Lions

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"Gareth Edwards - The Autobiography"

Still voted the greatest player of all time. A second-hand hardback with a dust wrapper in very good condition

1st Edition 1999 Pages 282 Ref: bkbiwa-edwards1999autobiog - £12.00

 

Ieuan EVANS

Llanelli, Wales & British Lions

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"Bread of Heaven" with Peter Jackson

At one time Evans was the most capped Welshman and had scored the most tries for Wales. A wonderful player, he scored a try for the Lions against Australia in 1989 after Campo's error, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in very good condition 

1st Edition 1995 224 pages Ref: bkbiwa-evans1995bread - £12.00

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Scott GIBBS

Neath, Swansea, Wales & British Lions

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"Getting Physical"  - Autobiography with David Lawrenson 

Wales & British Lions star who also made it big in rugby league, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in very good condition. 

1st Edition 2000 186 Pages Ref: TC5-bkbiwa-gibbs2000getting  £16.00

   

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Adrian HADLEY 

Cardiff, Sale Sharks & Wales

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"Codes of Misconduct" An autobiography with Geoff Green

Subtitled "birds booze and brawls - my life in international rugby. Hadley starred in wales' 1988 Triple Crown side, scoring a brace of tries in the victory at Twickenham before going North to Salford. He returned to union with the Sale Sharks side, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in very good condition.

1st Edition 2001 Pages 235 Ref: TC5-bkbiwa-hadley2001codes - £15.00

   

 

Mike Hall

Cardiff & Wales

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"The Mike Hall Story" with Hamish Stuart 

The Mike Hall Story is one of the most fascinating books about Welsh sport. For the first time, the full, true story behind two of the biggest changes in Welsh rugby and football is told in this truly unique book. It reveals new details about how the Cardiff City Stadium was built, the controversial role of former club owner Sam Hammam, and how close to failure the project was on many occasions. Hall is a former captain of Cardiff and Wales, so there are many new stories from the world of rugby - including how close Wales came to being the base for a Packer-circus style pair of professional rugby franchises in Cardiff and Swansea, rather than the current regional system.
A secondhand paperback book very good condition. (AS NEW)

1st edition 2014 204 pages Ref: bkbiwa-hall2014mike-pb  - £9.00

 

Iestyn HARRIS

Cardiff & Wales

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"Iestyn Harris - There and Back" - autobiography

A rugby league legend who joined the union ranks for a short period to play for Wales and then went back to league again.  

1st Edition 2005 Pages 223 Ref: TC5-bkbiwa-harris2005iestyn - £17.00

 

Graham HENRY

Wales, NZ & Lions  coach

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"The X Factor" by Graham Henry

Auckland, Wales, British Lions & New Zealand coach, published just after his most successful period with Wales. A second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in very good condition.

1st Edition 1999 Pages 232 Ref: bkbiwa-henry1999factor-ch -  £17.00

 

Graham HENRY

Wales, NZ & Lions  coach

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"The X Factor" by Graham Henry

Auckland, Wales, British Lions & New Zealand coach, published just after his most successful period with Wales. A second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in very good condition. - SIGNED by GRAHAM HENRY dedicated to Ian

1st Edition 1999 Pages 232 Ref: TL102-bkbiwa-henry1999factor-chau-to.ian- -  £14.00

 

Gavin HENSON

Wales & British Lions

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"My Grand Slam Year" - Gavin Henson with Graham Thomas

The Welsh Grand Slam year and British Lions tour of NZ seen through the eyes of Wales' golden boy, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in excellent condition

1st Edition 2005 Pages 218 Ref: bkbiwa-henson2005grand - £16.00

  

Gavin HENSON

Wales & British Lions

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"My Grand Slam Year" - Gavin Henson with Graham Thomas  

The Welsh Grand Slam year and British Lions tour of NZ seen through the eyes of Wales' golden boy, a second-hand hardback with d/w in excellent condition - SIGNED by GAVIN HENSON

1st Edition 2005 Pages 218 Ref: TL5-bkbiwa-henson2005grand-au - £25.00

   

 

Terry HOLMES

Wales & British Lions

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"My Life In Rugby" - An Autobiography

Able successor to Gareth Edwards, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in very good condition.

1st Edition 1988 Pages 182 Ref: bkbiwa-holmes1988life -  £10.00

 

Lynn HOWELLS

Pontypridd, Cardiff, Celtic Warriors & Wales Coach

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"Lynn Howells - Despite the Knock Backs" an autobiography with Roger Hughes

Brought up in the Rhondda Valley, Lynn Howells went on to coach rugby at the highest level. This is his story, the ups and downs including the turbulent 2003-4 season where he coached the Celtic Warriors for their one and only regional season. A new paperback book 

 published in 2012 287 pages Ref: FAC-bkbiwa-howells2012lynn-chpb £9.95

 

Rob HOWLEY

Wales & British Lions

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"Number Nine Dream" - Autobiography of Rob Howley with Graham Clutton
Wales scrum half, scorer of the last try at Cardiff Arms Park, a second-hand hardback with a dust wrapper in very good condition.
1st Edition 1999 207 pages Ref: bkbiwa-howley1999number - £16.00

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Carwyn JAMES

Llanelli, Wales (player)  & British Lions coach

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"Carwyn - A Personal Memoir" - by Alun Richards

Rare biography of Welsh outside half who went on to become one of the greatest coaches the game has ever seen. He was the mastermind behind the 1971 British Lions series victory in New Zraland and Llanelli's great victory over the All Blacks in 1972, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in very good condition.

1st Edition 1984 Pages 165 Ref: bkbiwa-james1984carwyn - £35.00

 

Carwyn JAMES

Llanelli, Wales (player)  & British Lions coach

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"Carwyn - Un o'fois y Pentre" - with John Jenkins

Rare biography of Welsh outside half who went on to become one of the greatest coaches the game has ever seen. He was the mastermind behind the 1971 British Lions series victory in New Zraland and Llanelli's great victory over the All Blacks in 1972, text in Welsh, a second-hand paerback in very good condition.

1st Edition 1983 Pages 196 Ref: bkbiwa-james1983pentre - £29.00

 

Garin JENKINS

Wales

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"In the Eye of the Storm" - An Autobiography with Gareth Roberts
Autobiography of controversial Welsh hooker and most capped Welsh forward, tells the inside story of Welsh rugby in the 1990s, a, second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in very good condition
1st Edition 2000 208 pages Ref: bkbiwa-jenkins.g2000eye - £15.00

 

Neil JENKINS

Wales & British Lions

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"Life at Number 10" - Autobiography of Neil Jenkins with Paul Rees
World Record points scorer, first player over 1000 points in international rugby, a second-hand hardback with a dust wrapper in very good condition
1st Edition 1998 Pages 191 Ref: bkbiwa-jenkins.n1998life - £15.00

   

 

Barry JOHN

Wales & British Lions

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"The Barry John Story - An Autobiography"

Gifted fly half, known as the "King" his brilliance reigned supreme during the 1971 Lions tour of New Zealand, a second-hand hardback with a dust wrapper, the dust wrapper has some nicks & tears to the edges.

Published in 1974 Pages 190 Ref: bkbiwa-john1974barry - £16.00

 

Barry JOHN

Wales & British Lions

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"The Barry John Story - An Autobiography"

Gifted fly half, known as the "King" his brilliance reigned supreme during the 1971 Lions tour of New Zealand, a second-hand hardback with a dust wrapper, the dust wrapper has some nicks & tears to the edges. SIGNED "Best Wishes - Barry John"

Published in 1974 Pages 190 Ref: bkbiwa-john1974barry-au - £24.00

 

Barry JOHN

Wales & British Lions

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"The King" - An Autobiography with Paul Abbandonato, foreword by George Best

Gifted fly half, known as the "King" his brilliance reigned supreme during the 1971 Lions tour of New Zealand, second autobiography with a look at modern day rugby, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in very good condition

Published in 2000 Pages 207 Ref: bkbiwa-john2000king - £15.00 

 

Ken JONES

Newport, Wales & British Lions

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"Ken Jones - Boots & Spikes" by Steve Lewis

A one time Welsh record cap holder, Newport winger Ken Jones was also a silver medallist at the 1948 Olympic Games in London. A second-hand hardback with a dust wrapper in very good condition.

1st Edition 2011 326 pages Ref: bkbiwa-jones.k2011ken - £15.00

 

Lewis JONES

Wales & British Lions

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"King of Rugger" - autobiography

One of Wales' greats at union and league, toured with the 1950 Lions, a second-hand hardback with a dust wrapper, the dust wrapper has a tear which has been repaired.

1st Edition 1958 Pages 192 Ref: bkbiwapy-jones.l1958lewis-ycretoduwp -  £20.00

 

Robert JONES

Wales & British Lions

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"Raising the Dragon" - Robert Jones with Huw Richards

Autobiography of Wales & British Lions scrum half. A skillful and committed player who's head to head confrontation with Nick Farr-Jones in the 1989 Lions series in Australia ranks among the games great battles, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in very good condition - SIGNED by ROBERT JONES

1st Edition 2001 Pages 250 Ref: bkbiwa-jones.r2001raising-au -  £22.00

 

Robert JONES

Wales & British Lions

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"Raising the Dragon" - Robert Jones with Huw Richards

Autobiography of Wales & British Lions scrum half. A skillful and committed player who's head to head confrontation with Nick Farr-Jones in the 1989 Lions series in Australia ranks among the games great battles, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in very good condition

1st Edition 2001 Pages 250 Ref: bkbiwa-jones.r2001raising -  £18.00

Stephen JONES

Llanelli, Wales & British Lions

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"Stephen Jones - A Thinking Man's Game: My Story" - with Simon Roberts

Stalwart Welsh fly half and British Lion. A second-hand hardback with a dust wrapper in very good condition.

1st Edition 2009 217 pages Ref: bkbiwa-jones.s2009thinking - £15.00

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Gwyn MARTIN

Aberavon, Cardiff, Llanelli & Welsh Trialist

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"Up and Under" An Autobiography

Interesting biography of a Welsh rugby player held as a prisoner of war by the Germans in WW II. Includes an account of rugby played in the POW Camp. Gwyn Martin played for Aberavon Cardiff & Llanelli and was also a Welsh trialist. A second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in very good condition. There is an uknown signature to the first blank page.

1st Edition 1989 Pages 262 Ref: bkbiwata-martin1989up-au - £40.00

 

Robin McBRYDE

Wales

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"Y Cymro Cryfa" Autobiography of Robin McBryde with Lynn Davies

Welsh hooker, a secondhand paperback in excellent condition - text in Welsh

published in 2006 Pages 190 Ref: TC5-bkbiwa-mcbryde2006cymro-pb - £8.00

 

Robin McBRYDE

Swansea, Llanelli, Wales & British Lions

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"Staying Strong - My Story So Far" - with Lynn Davies

A North Walian who played for Swansea, Llanelli & Wales as a hooker. Now a member of the Wales coaching team. A second-hand paperback in very good condition.

1st Edition 2007 223 pages Ref: pbbiwa.py-mcbryde2007strong - £9.00

 

Rupert MOON

Wales

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"Full Moon - Rugby In the Red" - Autobiography with David Roach

Welsh scrum half, a character both on and off the field, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in excellent condition.

1st Edition 2002 Pages 208 Ref: bkbiwa-moon2002full - £15.00

 

Cliff MORGAN

Wales & British Lions

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"Beyond the Fields of Play" an autobiography with Geoffrey Nicholson

A great Welsh & British Lions stand off who went on to become a leading light in BBC broadcasting, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in very good condition.

 1st Edition 1996 Pages 246 Ref: bkbiwa-morgan1996beyond -  £19.00

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Gwyn NICHOLLS

Cardiff, Wales & British Lions

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"Prince Gwyn" by David Parry Jones
Nicholls was the cornerstone of Wales' first golden era 1900 - 1910, he was the captain of the Welsh team on 24 occasions including the great victory over the All Blacks in 1905, a second-hand hardback with a dust wrapper in very good condition.
 1st Edition 1999 222 pages Ref: bkbiwa-nicholls1999prince - £15.00

 

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Rick O'Shea

Welsh Rugby Journalist

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"It's All Rugby" by Rick O'Shea with Alun Gibbard 

Rick O'Shea. Born in Wales, raised in England and of Irish ancestry... three countries he wasn't very good enough to play for! However, this very ordinary player tells an extraordinary story. 
His mother's nickname for him is LFB. Luck Fat... you can guess the rest! You discover how he earned such a title through a convoluted story that's resulted in Rick bringing the banter and bustle of rugby terraces into Welsh living rooms for the last ten years. Biography of BBC Scrum V’s favourite pundit, a secondhand paperback book, as new.

1st edition 2014 207 pages Ref: pbbiwa.me-o.shea2014rick  - £9.00

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Graham PRICE

Pontypool, Wales & British Lions

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"Price of Wales" with Terry Godwin
33.333% recurring of the Pontypool Front Row, who will ever forget that try he scored on his debut for Wales against France in 1975.........................................not me. A secondhand hardback with dust wrapper that has a small amount of surface damage from a removed price sticker to the top right hand corner, generally it is in very good condition - SIGNED by GRAHAM PRICE 
1st Edition 1984 Pages 160  Ref: PL48-bkbiwa-price1984wales-au - £27.00

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Mark RING 

Wales

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"Ring Master - The Incredible Story of Welsh Rugby's Clown Prince" 

Mark Ring with Delme Parfitt

Pontypool, Cardiff & Wales centre. A second-hand hardback with a dust wrapper in very good condition.

 1st Edition 2006 Pages  251 Ref: bkbiwa-ring2006master - £16.00

 

Clive ROWLANDS

Wales & British Lions

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"Clive" Autobiography of Clive Rowlands

1960s Welsh captain, coach & president, manager of 1989 Lions, text in Welsh, a second-hand paperback in very good condition

published in 2000 214 pages Ref: bkbiwa-rowlands2000clive-pb -  £9.00

 

Clive ROWLANDS

Wales & British Lions

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"Top Cat" by Clive Rowlands & John Evans

1960s Welsh captain, coach & president, manager of the 1989 Lions, second autobiography of this Welsh legend, a second-hand paperback in very good condition

published in 2002 191 pages Ref: bkbiwa-rowlands2002cat-pb - £9.00

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Bill SAMUEL

Coach, Welsh interest

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"Rugby-Body & Soul" - Autobiography

Gareth Edwards mentor, includes the story of Edwards' formative years and how Samuel helped to mould Edwards into a superb all round sportsman, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in very good condition

  1st Edition 1986 155 pages Ref: bkbiwa-samuel1986body-ch - £20.00

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Gareth THOMAS

Wales & British Lions

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"Alfie - The Gareth Thomas Story" an autobiography with Delme Parfitt

Welsh captain and the first international rugby player to 'come out' a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in very good condition

1st Edition 2007 Pages 288 Ref: bkbiwa-thomas.g2007alfie - £15.00

 

JBG THOMAS 

Journalist

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"Rugger in the Blood" - Autobiography of JBG Thomas

Memoirs of leading Welsh journalist, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in very good condition

1st Edition 1985 256 pages Ref: bkbiwa-thomas.jbg1985blood-me - £10.00

 

Watcyn THOMAS

Wales

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"Watcyn Thomas" - Autobiography

Welsh captain between 1927 and 1933. Captained Wales in their first ever win at Twickenham in 1933. Published in 1977 this 102 page autobiography covers the career of this great player, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in very good condition

 1st Edition 1977 102 pages Ref: bkbiwa-thomas1977watcyn - £15.00

 

Paul THORBURN

Neath & Wales

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"Kicked Into Touch" - Autobiography

Welsh capatin in the early 90s, this Welsh full back tells he story of his rugby career at Neath and playing for Wales, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in very good condition
1st Edition 1992 Pages 183 Ref: bkbiwa-thorburn1992kicked - £18.00

 

Maurice TURNBULL

Wales
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"A Welsh Sporting Hero" by Andrew Hignell

Turnbull was a great Welsh all rounder, playing for Glamorgan and England at cricket, rugby hockey and squash for Wales. He won two Welsh caps at scrum half including the first victory at Twickenham in 1933. He was killed by a sniper in the second world war, a second-hand hardback with a dust wrapper in very good condition.

1st Edition 2001 Pages 287 Ref: bkbiwa-turnbull2001hero - £15.00

 

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"Tommy Vile - A Giant of a Man" by Philip J Grant

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The book covers Tommy Vile’s life from his birth in 1882 until his death in 1958. It contains a detailed account of all his playing achievements with Newport, Barbarians, Monmouthshire, Wales and the British Isles. Tommy Vile played 299 games for Newport between 1902 and 1921 and the book contains information on every Newport game during that period. He played for Wales on eight occasions and captained them four times. The book contains team photographs and match reports of these matches. Tommy Vile toured with the British Team to Australian and New Zealand in 1904 and the book contains a full account of that tour as well as many rare photographs and other images. On retirement Tommy Vile became a referee and took charge of twelve international matches between 1923 and 1931. In addition to international matches, Tommy Vile refereed many of the touring sides including the 1924 All Blacks, The 1926-27 New Zealand Maoris and the 1927-28 Waratahs. Again the book contains a great deal of detail on these tours to Britain and Tommy Vile’s involvement in them. In 1927 he was invited to travel with the British rugby team to Argentina as the official referee. The book contains a terrific amount of detail of this tour as well as a great number of photographs never before seen in print. This book is a limited to 1000 copies, each numbered and signed by the author.

This is a new book, weighing in at almost 2.5kg. Postage to overseas destinations is additional to the postage automatically charged by the shopping cart for this book. If purchasing from overseas please use the additional postage buttons for your region.     

 1st Edition 2010 Pages  486 Ref: bkbiwapy-vile2010giant - £29.50
additional postage Europe air mail or Rest of the World Sea Mail - £14.20

additional postage (non Europe) air mail - £28.75

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David WATKINS

Newport, Wales & British Lions

Salford, Cardiff City, Wales & Great Britain Rugby League

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" David Watkins - An Autobiography" edited by David Parry-Jones

The second biography of a great Welsh stand off who went North to Salford and became a legend in league, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in very good condition

1st Edition 1980 234 pages Ref: bkbiwa-watkins1980david - £14.00

 

JPR WILLIAMS

Wales & British Lions

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"JPR" - The autobiography of JPR Williams

Wales & British Lions full back, a rock in defence, dropped the goal which clinched the series for the 1971 Lions, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in very good condition

published in 1979 Pages 254 Ref: TL103-bkbiwa-williams1979jpr - £12.00

 

JPR WILLIAMS

Wales & British Lions

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"JPR Given the Breaks - My Life in Rugby" - JPR Williams with Miles Harrison
The second biography of Wales & British Lions full back, he was a rock in defence and dropped the goal which clinched the series for the 1971 Lions, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in very good condition. 
1st Edition 2006 256 pages Ref: bkbiwa-williams.jpr2006given - £10.00

 

Martyn WILLIAMS

Wales & British Lions
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"The Magnificent Seven" an autobiography with Simon Thomas 

One of Wales' great players of the 21st century, a second-hand hardback with a dust wrapper in very good condition.

1st Edition 2001 Pages 287 Ref: bkbiwa-williams.m.2001seven - £14.50

 

SHANE WILLIAMS

Neath, Ospreys, Wales & British Lions

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"Shane - My Story" an autobiography with Delme Parfitt

Wales' record try scorer and probably the most popular player ever to play for Wales. a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in very good condition

1st Edition 2008 Pages 240 Ref: bkbiwa-williams.s2008story - £15.00

 

Bobby WINDSOR

Pontypool, Wales & British Lions

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"The Iron Duke" - with Peter Jackson

Sub-titled "Bobby Windsor - The Life and Times of a Working Class Hero". The centre piece of the Pontypool Front Row and one of rugby's most colourful characters. A second-hand hardback with a dust wrapper in very good condition.

1st Edition 2010 240 pages Ref: bkbiwa-windsor2010duke - £14.00

 

Wilf WOOLER

Wales

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"Wickets, Tries and Goals" by John Arlott, Wilf Wooller & Maurice Edelston

A book on rugby, cricket & soccer. There is a great autobiographical section by Wilf Wooller, the 1930s Welsh legend who's first cap while still a schoolboy was Wales' first victory over England at Twickenham in 1933, a second-hand hardback with large tears to dust wrapper.

1st Edition 1949 Pages 236 Ref: bkbiwa-wooller1949wickets - £18.00

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David YOUNG

Wales & British Lions

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"The Young One" - Autobiography with Alan Evans

Autobiography of Wales & British Lions prop forward. A duel international at both union & league, Young was the only British Lion in 2001 to have toured Australia in 1989. This is a probing account of the pre and post professional eras, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in excellent condition

1st Edition 2001 188 Pages Ref: RL411-RR-bkbiwa-young2001one - £15.00

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MULTIPLE PLAYER - COLLECTIVE BIOGRAPHIES

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Eddie Butler looks at the great Welsh players. A second hand hardbackbook with a dust wrapper in very good condition 
1st edition 2011 136 pages bkbiwa.mu-butler2011greatest - £12.00

 

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Wales  - "Who's Who of Welsh International Rugby Players" by John M Jenkins, Duncan Pierce & Timothy Auty,

An invaluable reference work for the Welsh rugby historian - this book has the biographical details of all Welsh international players up until the date of publication (1991). A secondhand hardback with dust wrapper in excellent condition.

1st Edition 1991 Pages 192 Ref: TL8-bkbiwa.mu-jenkins1991who -  £35.00

 

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Wales  - "Great Welsh Number 10s" by Lynn Davies

An analysis of the contribution of 32 Welsh rugby Number 10s who were selected for Wales between 1947 and 1999. The list includes Carwyn James, Alan Rees, Belddyn Bowen, John Bevan, Malcolm Dacey, Barry John, Phil Bennet, Neil Jenkins and many more, a second-hand paperback in very good condition
1st Edition 2013 187 pages Ref: bkbiwa.mu-davies2013no.10s-pb  £8.00

 

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Wales  -  "A Century of Welsh Rugby Players" by Wayne Thomas 

Published to co-incide with the WRU Centenary this is a marvellous book with biographies of 100 great Welsh internationals, from Frank Hancock in 1884 to Graham Price in 1975, a second-hand paperback in very good condition

 1st Edition 1980 Pages 199 Ref: bkbiwa.mu-thomas1980century-pb -  £15.00

 

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Haydn Ford - "Heads and Tails" - cartoons and pen portraits of well known Welsh Rugby Football Personalities. This is a 28 page booklet published approximately 1956 which contains caricatures of Welsh rugby personalities, the proceeds of the booklet went towards the building of the YMCA in Neath, a stone's throw from the Gnoll. The following personalities appear in this great publication Aberavon - Cliff Ashton,  Ross Richards,   Cardiff - Gareth Griffiths,  Haydn Morris,  Bleddyn Williams, Sid Judd,  Cliff Morgan, Gordon Wells, Rex Willis,  Llanelli - Peter Evans, Alun Thomas,  Rhys Williams,  Len Davies,  Ray Williams,  Maesteg - Trevor Lloyd,  Neath - Ivor David,  Roy John,  Courtenay Meredith,  Dai Meredith,  Brian Sparks,  Rees Stephens, WR Thomas,  Viv Evans,  Newport - Garfield Owen,  Onllwyn Brace,  Roy Burnett,  Ken Jones, Bryn Meredith,  Pontypridd - Russell Robins,  Swansea - Clem Thomas,  Billy Williams,  Horace Phillips, Guest Stars - WPC Davies (Harlequins),  Jean Prat (Lourdes),  Jackie Kyle (NIFC). The booklet is in excellent condition apart from rusty staples. The proceeds from the sale of this booklet were in aid of the Neath YMCA Building Fund

Ref: PC31-bkbiwa.mu-ford1956heads - £25.00

 

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WALES - "Giants of Post War Welsh Rugby" edited by Clive Rowlands & David Farmer
Several Welsh players and personalities pick their greatest post-war Welsh XV and their greatest player ever. A second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in very good condition. 
1st Edition 1990 Pages 144 Ref: TL6*-bkbiwa.mu-rowlands1990giants  £15.00

 

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Mervyn Davies, London Welsh, Swansea, Wales & British Lions - 2nd autobiography 2005

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Gareth Edwards, Wales & British Lions - 1st biography 1978

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Rob Howley, Wales & British Lions

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Ieuan Evans, Wales & British Lions

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Cliff Morgan, Wales & British Lions

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Bill Samuel, coach (Gareth Edwards mentor)

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JPR Williams, Wales & British Lions

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