The Year the Kiwis Flew: From Wooden Spooners to Winners

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HarperCollins Publishers New Zealand, Apr 21, 2006 - Kiwis (Rugby League team) - 71 pages
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In 2005 the Kiwi Rugby League team did the impossible - not only did they win the Gillette Tri-Nations Rugby League series against Britain and Australia, they did it by taking out their arch rivals, the Kangaroos, in an unprecedented 24 nil pounding. With a brand new coach, Bluey Anderson, who drew inspiration from his wife's gritty battle with cancer, to a team fired up with a dedication to the task and a determination to do things differently this time. A new spirit filled the camp - with seasoned players like captain Ruben Wiki, Stacey Jones and Nigel Vagana acting as mentors to the younger players ? and fostering a whanau atmosphere where the team decided they weren't there to party ? they were there to win. The difference was obvious to everyone who took part or came into contact with them - and that special atmosphere and dedication has been captured in this celebration of the tour and their amazing achievement. Full colour, extensively illustrated with photographs and personal memorabilia collected by tour manager the irrepressible Peter Leitch- the Mad Butcher. with our own marketing and publicity. With profiles on leading players, incidents and anecdotes from behind the scenes and exciting match summaries ? the book is a celebration of an amazing team and their extraordinary achievement.

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