“This truly is the big daddy of rugby books and a welcome addition to the game’s formidable library. Thorough, informative and accessible—a joy for rugby addicts everywhere”
— Clinton van den Berg, Sunday Times
The International Rugby Encyclopaedia, meticulously compiled, has been 18 years in the making. This book is the complete international rugby encyclopedia that presents every single recognized international ever played (since 1871 when Scotland took on England); is well illustrated and structured, featuring stories on the great players to have graced the game, the great matches to have captivated the crowds and the great stadiums to have hosted these internationals, as well as a plethora of rugby trivia. There is currently no such book on the market and there hasn’t been since Chris Rhys published Guinness Rugby—The Records in 1987.
Andrew de Klerk
Andrew de Klerk, with his almost pathological passion for rugby football, was born in 1979, and grew up in the small educational town of Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa where Saturday-morning rugby matches were strongly attended and vociferously supported by the locals. He was educated at St Andrew’s, Graeme College and Rhodes University in Grahamstown. He has a BSc (Hons) in Geology. His job as an environmental geologist takes him all over the world, which affords him some unique opportunities between flights to check out international rugby matches, stadiums, museums, players and administrators, in his never-ending quest for the tiniest detail of a perhaps long-forgotten test match.
Andrew is an avid bird-watcher and loves the bush (he once spent a year as a game ranger at Mala Mala near the Kruger National Park). He takes a great interest in most ball sports and regularly plays tennis and squash. He is a member of the Geological Society of South Africa, is married and now lives in Johannesburg.