Having a Ball: A cartoon history of New Zealand rugby

Ian F. Grant’s Having a Ball looks at the triumphs and disasters, the amateur code that morphed into the professional era, the game at the local park and internationals in huge arenas, as well as rugby’s effect on the national psyche and the agendas of politicians. Following the short, snappy Introduction there are six sections featuring the perceptive, telling and funny insights of New Zealand’s leading cartoonists. From earlier generations, there are cartoons by Trevor Lloyd, Sir Gordon Minhinnick, Sid Scales, Neville Colvin, Eric Heath and Nevile Lodge. Today’s award-winning cartoonists include Peter Bromhead, Bob Brockie, Chris Slane, Murray Ball, Murray Webb, Garrick Tremain and Tom Scott. Foreword by David Kirk, captain of the All Black team that won the inaugural World Rugby Cup in 1987. Having a Ball also includes the first-ever ‘Key Dates in 140 Years of NZ Rugby’ section.

ISBN: 978-0-9582320-5-0
Published 2011.
112 pages, over 60 cartoons, 160mm x 230mm, soft cover.
Price: $24.95