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With this club that the writer Pierre Mac Orlan would later embark on his own rugby-playing career. Jean Lacouture, Le Rugby, c’est un monde (Paris, Seuil, 1979), pp. 31–2. Escot and Rivière, Un siècle de rugby, p. 20. Bodis, ‘Le rugby en France’, pp. 218–20. The influence of Ernest Renan and, especially, Hippolyte Taine might also be noted in this regard. Bodis, ‘Le rugby en France’, pp. , L’Histoire en mouvements, pp. 72–5; Holt, Sport and Society, pp. 62–8. Alex Potter and Georges Duthen, The Rise of French Rugby (London, Bailey & Swinfen, 1961), p.

Daniel Herrero is one of many commentators on French rugby to have considered this aspect of the game’s abiding appeal in the south-west: – 44 – The Expansion into the Provinces The South-West is profoundly rural and rebellious. It was with the schoolmaster, and in the teacher-training colleges, that [rugby’s] resonance would be strongest. The principal agent of social equilibrium in the [region’s] villages, the schoolmaster adopted the game, conscious as he was of its educational virtues. The South is vindictive and dominated by peasant values.

36–7. 2. ’, The American Historical Review, 76/1, February 1971, pp. – 34 – Pioneers and Patriots in Paris 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 70–98, at pp. 86–9. See also Richard Escot and Jacques Rivière, Un siècle de rugby (Paris, Calmann-Lévy, 1997), p. 45. Other forms include American, Gaelic, and Australian Rules football, as well as the thirteen-a-side code of rugby league, which split from rugby union in 1896. On ‘invented traditions’ in European sport more generally see Eric Hobsbawm, ‘Mass-producing traditions: Europe, 1870–1914’ in Eric Hobsbawm and Terence Ranger (eds), The Invention of Tradition (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1983), pp.

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