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A week before the Rugby World Cup 2011 and we can see what a huge commercial event is has become. A quick visit to the official website Rugbyworldcup.com and right there on the home page are not only the tickets - a semi-final ticket if you can get one has a face value of $300-$800 - but the merchandise too. If you want an All Blacks official jersey that will set you back a cool $180. That makes £40 for a premiership football shirt look like a bargain. It wasn't always this way. There was a time when to play...

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Keith Gregson's book on Sunderland Rugby Club is making good progress. It's due for launchon the 10th October in time for the Rugby World Cup and is called 'One Among Many - The story of Sunderland Rugby Football Club (1873) in its historical context' Keith told us this week; 'This comes on the back of a book I've been doing on British sport in general. I am conscious of trying to produce a work that is both interesting and useful to those with an eye to wider sport history. So far so good as the club archives are throwing up...

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I have to admit to being a late convert in life to the game of Rugby - well into my thirties. Coming from a football family I didn't realise the huge gulf between the preening primadonnas and big money of the modern game of football, and the more gentleman's game of rugby football. Every game I watch reinforces that it's all about the game - not the hype around it. It has been a delight to publish the re-release of 'Rugby Football in the Nineteenth Century' originally published by the Isthmian Library back in the late 1800s when Rugby split...

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