Author(s): Will Evans
Delving into the 100 greatest club rivalries in Australian premiership history, Rugby League Rivalries encompasses the most notable feuds, derbies, conflicts, matches and controversies in the code's 107-season narrative. Whether based on proximity, important finals encounters, wild on-field battles, off-field disputes, class and demographic differences or star players moving from one club to another, you will find them here, in vivid detail. Every NRL team and several extinct clubs are represented - from bitter century-old rivalries between foundation clubs such as South Sydney and Sydney Roosters, to long-running local derbies like the lively Manly-North Sydney and St George-Cronulla rivalries, and competition between more recently admitted clubs including Brisbane and Manly. Every Grand Final and premiership decider, along with hundreds of finals clashes, is covered. Rugby League Rivalries tells the history of every club in its most important context - the great matches they played and their competition with other clubs. This book is for every Rugby League fan, from the casual follower to the history buff. Will Evans was born in Queensland in 1981 and is now a freelance writer based in Christchurch, New Zealand. His other books are A Short History of Rugby League in Australia, A History of State of Origin and The Book of NRL Lists (co-authored with NickTedeschi).