Heart and Soul

The Character of Welsh Rugby

Edited by Huw Richards, Peter Stead, and Gareth Williams

Heart and Soul

Edited by Huw Richards, Peter Stead, and Gareth Williams

Distributed for University of Wales Press

238 pages | 14 halftones
Cloth $30.95 ISBN: 9780708314722 Published January 1998 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only


Cliff Morgan Peter Stead

Billy Boston Phil Melling

David Watkins Chris Williams

Carwyn James Hywel Teifi Edwards

Barry John Alun Richards

Gareth Edwards David Parry Jones

John Taylor's Back Row (Mervyn Davies & Dai Morris) Peter Stead

Pontypool's Front Row Eddie Butler

Ray Gravelle Gareth Williams

Jonathan Davies Siôn Nicholas

Robert Jones Huw Richards

Ieuan Evans Gerald Davies

Neil Jenkins Dai Smith

Nigel Walker Rhodri Morgan M.P.

Scott Gibbs Huw Richards

Review Quotes
Frank Keating

“A litany of rugby saints which, collected together, twine into an illuminating and resonant social history of Welsh rugby. A grand book.” –Frank Keating

Rugby World

“ . . . another of those under-the-skin rugby books that are currently all the rage. That’s something to rejoice in, for they make cracking good reads . . . an absorbing social history of Welsh rugby . . .” –Rugby World


“. . . this carefully wrought little collection is uplifting . . . It makes for a terrific read . . . The overall effect makes for a serious social history . . . It was, and remains, a special and particular culture. And this is a particularly special book which proclaims it.” –Guardian

Pontypridd Observer

“Heart and Soul works well because it never dwells too long on any particular figure - most chapters are typically 13 pages long - and the whole concept is excellently geared towards a pick up and put down read. All in all, Heart and Soul is an excellent read, with plenty to enjoy without getting bogged down in laborious detail and gushing sentiment.” –Pontypridd Observer

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