A Full Back Slower Than Your Average Prop

By Ian Smith

Format: Paperback

Availability: Pre-order

RRP: £17.99

Price: £17.99

Special Price £16.19

Birlinn Limited

Birlinn publishes mostly non-fiction books, ranging from biography to history, military history and Scottish interest. Their imprints, Polygon Books, Arena Sport Books and John Donald Books, publish a wide variety of genres including culture, literary fiction, poetry and sports.

Product Description

Details

Listed as one of the five worst international selections ever, and described in a book about Scottish rugby as ‘a full back slower than your average prop', Ian Smith cheerfully won nine caps for Scotland in a career that saw him score every point for his team on his debut in an historic victory over South Africa (and in so doing became the first Scottish full back to score a Test try) and defeated a star-studded England team to lift the Calcutta Cup at Murrayfield in the 1970 Five Nations.

One of eight international full backs to have come out of Heriot's FP, Smith also played for a dashing, innovative Edinburgh University side that revolutionised attacking back play. But this book is so much more than a story of a fleeting Test career. It is a window to another time, when a player could appear, as Smith did, for his club's third XV and two weeks later make his international debut for his country. And then, nine Tests later, return to his club where he was only considered good enough to play for the second XV.

Additional Information

Additional Information

Format Paperback
Imprint Birlinn Limited
Publication Date 6 Jun 2019
ISBN 9781909715813
Number of Pages 368

Customer Reviews

Write Your Own Review

Only registered users can write reviews. Please, log in or register

You may also like