Rugby Spirit (#1)
'Ok, lads, you have everything you need to win this game. So go out and do it ,' said the coach.
Eoin's not sure if it will be so easy! He's just started a new school ... and a new sport. Everyone at school is mad about rugby, but Eoin hasn't even held a rugby ball before!
With new rules to learn, new friends to make and new teachers to get a handle on, he really doesn't need to have Richie Duffy, the resident bully, picking him out as his latest target! And just who is this guy, Brian, who looks so out-of-date, but gives great rugby advice?
Short-listed for Sakura Medal 2014 (Japan).
Young rugby fans will enjoy the adventures of Dublin schoolboy Eoin Madden as he tries to help his school win a cup and, at the same time, solve a ghostly mystery ... a brilliant read for kids aged ten and up -- Rugby World
Rugby Warrior ... is a treat -- Irish Times a light and enjoyable story to introduce young American readers to the game -- Kirkus Reviews www.kirkusreviews.com
I knew little about rugby and cared even less, but this is such a good read that I feel quite 'converted.' The story is a pacey and warm-hearted account of one boy's new school term as captain of the under-14s with the responsibilities that brings. It is also a how-to-book: how to develop self-respect; how to deal with divided loyalty to friends who don't get on; how to deal with bullies; and how to honour the heroes of the past. Eoin, then, is a boy dealing with big issues, but they're seamlessly woven into a fact-filled story about the team's efforts to win the cup ... a cracking plot with an exciting and unexpected conclusion. The crisp dialogue is full of humour ... Highly recommended for any under 14s including girls who want a glimpse into a boy's world -- Historical Novel Society Review
A lively read -- Evening Echo
I would recommend this book to anybody who likes rugby ... I would give this book 9/10 -- SeomraRanga.com
Fluid and easy to read -- NewsFour
My favourite book ... this book has got loads of stuff, history, intrigue, sport, it's all woven together! ... an unbelivable book! -- Elev8 on RTE2
Beautifully crafted by Siggins, this is a book that will thrill any rugby-mad youngster while delighting sports fans (of any age) with an interest in entertaining storytelling -- Irish Daily Mail
Refreshing change to find a story about rugby and one which I am sure will be well received by rugby fans as well as sports fans in general -- Parents in Touch
An action-packed story with plenty of exciting matches plus an interesting historical perspective -- Parents in Touch
Gerard Siggins was born in Dublin in 1962. Initially a sports journalist, he worked for many years in the Sunday Tribune, where he became assistant editor. He has written several books about cricket, as well as being co-author of Lansdowne Road: The Stadium; The Matches; The Greatest Days