Rugby Academy

Celebrate the Buzz of the Rugby World Cup with this action-packed, globe-trotting rugby adventure

Borderlands First XV have their sights set on becoming the best school rugby team in the world. But many are also worried about their parents deployed overseas in the armed forces. New pupil Woody is a footballer and must decide if he’s prepared to give rugby his all. Rory feels like he’s losing his focus, distracted by thoughts of his parents in danger. Meanwhile, Owen finds himself at the centre when conflict breaks out within the team. With so many hurdles to face along the way, what are the chances of them making it to the end of the rigorous schools’ tournament?

Publication Date : June  2019

Read Chapter 1 here

Written for 8+ children
Published by Barrington Stoke 
Available soon from your local librarybookshops and Amazon

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“Pacey but thought provoking … 5 stars”  Rugby World Magazine

“All the drama of the sport steams up from the page.  Any rugby enthusiast is going to love this book”  The BookBag

“a book of depth as well as excitement”    Julia Eccleshare


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These Posters in both English and Welsh (featuring George North) to encourage reading through rugby, produced with the generous help of Conwy Libraries and Barrington Stoke:

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