Roars from the Back of the Bus: Rugby Tales of Life with the Lions

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Random House, Sep 6, 2012 - Sports & Recreation - 240 pages

Roars from the Back of the Bus is an absorbing, amusing and at times moving collection of tales that give a rare insight into the camaraderie that exists between players at the top of their game, showing that relationships forged through experiences on a Lions tour last a lifetime.

From the first Tour in 1888, it showcases characters with immense personality who fought together in wars or on rugby pitches in foreign lands, and who shared a bond developed through touring as representatives of the home nations. Despite the changes to the game after the advent of professionalism, the experiences of Jamie Heaslip, Brian O’Driscoll and Joe Worsley are still similar in some ways to those of earlier intrepid tourists like Blair Mayne, Lewis Jones, Sir Carl Aarvold or David Rollo.

Containing defining memories and private insights from across the tours and the decades, Roars from the Back of the Bus shows that the Lions ethos remains strong at the heart of every team.



Tourists of the Nineteenth Century
Wars On and Off the Pitch
Trains and Boats and Planes
The Swinging Sixties
From Glory to Despair
Since I Retired
Stewart Tells Some Tales

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About the author (2012)

Stewart McKinney is a former Ireland international rugby player who was part of the British and Irish Lions team that was victorious against South Africa in 1974. He also edited and contributed to Voices from the Back of the Bus, an acclaimed collection of true stories about playing international rugby in the pre-professional era.

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