REVIEW: Best in the Northern Union, by Tom Mather

Best in the Northern Union

Best in the Northern Union, by Tom Mather

Sometimes it is our earliest actions that most affect our future. Life-changing moments can be traced back to a throwaway conversation or a lightly-considered decision that reverberates during the years – perhaps decades – that follow.

So it is with the Northern Union’s bold move to send a touring team to Australia and New Zealand in 1910.

While the tour was far from an accident (author Tom Mather’s revelations about the Northern Union’s planning are fascinating), its legacy is still felt today with the dominance of rugby league on Australia’s east coast and the thriving New Zealand scene. [Read more…]