Ron Palenski is an author and historian and among the most recognised authorities on the history of sport, and especially rugby, in New Zealand. He has written numerous books, among them an academic study, The Making of New Zealanders, that placed rugby firmly as a marker in national identity.
"This book gets to the heart of New Zealand rugby. Ron Palenski
shows that he understands what makes the game tick at all levels.
It's frank, to the point, the real story." - Sir Colin Meads
"For anyone who is interested in looking beyond the names, the dates, the half-truths and the mythologies and entering the realm of rugby's place in our history, this is a must-read." - Chris Laidlaw