Ex-Coaster launches NZ rugby book


A rugby mad barrister who was born and bred in Greymouth has published a book on the game and how it shaped the nation.
Des Wood’s book New Zealand Rugby Nation — How the Game Shaped our Nation, was launched last week.
It looks at how such a small nation maintains its status at the top of the game, and also explores whether its ethos sums up what it means to be a New Zealander.
Wood left the West Coast to attend Teachers College in Christchurch, returning to Greymouth to teach and play senior rugby for Marist. He then returned to Christchurch and graduated in law and in history (twice) from the University of Canterbury. He practised law in Christchurch and then moved to become a commercial and property barrister in Auckland.
He says he never regards himself as other than a West Coaster.
The book is one sale now for $39.99.
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The Greymouth Star has two copies of Des Wood’s book New Zealand Rugby Nation to give away.
Send your name, address and daytime phone number to:
Rugby Nation
C/- Greymouth Star
PO Box 3
Greymouth
or e-mail competitions@greystar.co.nz with ‘Rugby Nation’ in the subject line.
Entries close on June 21. One entry per household.