The King's Cup 1919
is an authority on rugby's history and meticulous in his
The world of
rugby celebrated the 8th Rugby World Cup in 2015, but a
tournament held in 1919, The King’s Cup, can rightly claim to
be rugby’s first competitive ‘World Cup’.
compiled by Howard Evans and Phil Atkinson, The King’s Cup 1919,
is the first book to tell the story of rugby’s first ‘World
Cup’ and is essential reading for all rugby enthusiasts and
With over 140
photos and illustrations, and chapters focusing on the
competing teams, the players, and every game in the tournament,
the authors have provided a comprehensive and attractive record
of a long-forgotten but historically important competition that
most rugby supporters are
completely unaware of.
King George V
was so enthused by the proposed competition that he agreed to have the tournament named
after him, and so The King’s Cup was born.
The King’s Cup 1919: Rugby's First 'World Cup'
· Explains the British military’s decision to create a 'Mother Country' team rather than allow separate teams for England, Wales, Scotland & Ireland
· Explains how
the Royal Navy were invited to compete but were forced to decline
· Confirmed the
status of New Zealand as the dominant rugby-playing nation
· Saw the first
competitive game between teams representing New Zealand and
· Shows the origins of apartheid South Africa’s refusal to accept black players in opposing teams
Howard Evans is a respected rugby writer, who was for many years a rugby correspondent for the South Wales Echo and Western Mail.
a retired headmaster and history teacher, and is Editor of ‘Touchlines’
the magazine of the Rugby Memorabilia Society.