Flying Wing: An Autobiography - Rory Underwood; David Hands;Hutchinson, 1992, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Pages lightly age-tanned with a hint of spotting.
2nd Impression. [First Edition: Same Year] Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “No-one has played more games nor scored more tries for England’s rugby union team than Rory Underwood, the RAF pilot whose blistering speed has made him one of the deadliest finishers in world rugby. He was part of the 1989 British Lions team which beat Australia; he stands third in the list of all-time try-scorers and averaged a try a game during his last three international seasons. His story chronicles the dramatic change in the play and preparation of English teams and the sacrifices players have had to make to reach the same competitive level as the southern-hemisphere giants, New Zealand and Australia. Underwood’s story, though, is not just that of a sportsman. His determination to carve out a successful career with the RAF was a motivating factor from his youth and has remained a guiding principle despite the increasing demands of his chosen sport. International sport creates strain; it also creates opportunity and Underwood looks at the controversial area of commercialism in an amateur game and how the players believe business and pleasure can be combined without snapping the amateur thread which runs through the rugby union game. It has been a long journey from Malaysia, where Rory Underwood was brought up, to the playing fields of Barnard Castle in Yorkshire, to the officer training school at RAFC Cranwell and to the world’s most famous rugby stadia. Along the way, the quiet family man has become an officer and a sporting hero.”
Size: 9½" x 6¼". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 181 pages.