Rugby Books & Books For Development 

Rugby Related Reading

Waterlogged: The Serious Problem of Over-hydration in Endurance Sports- Dr. Tim Noakes
A revolutionary book around proper hydration and over hydration. Most protocols for hydration actually can cause serious health problems (Hyponatremia) the throw off the fluid and electrolyte imbalance. 

Legacy-15 Lessons In Leadership: What The All Blacks Can Teach Us About The Business of Life-James Kerr
Learn what has made the All Blacks so great. It starts with building a culture. 

Confessions of a Rugby Mercenary- John Daniell
Go inside the world of professional rugby in France and see what its like to be a pro player.

Miracle in the Andes- Nando Parrado
The film Alive was based on this incident of a rugby team stranded high in the Andes, and how this team worked together to survive.

The South Stand- Ian Johnston
So this is a hilarious read just imagine the first hangover film but with rugby.

Memoirs of a Rugby-Playing Man- Jay Atkinson
Hear the lifetime of rugby stories and why it is the greatest game on earth!

The Grudge: Scotland vs England, 1990- Tom English
Go behind all the factors that made the 1990 5-Nations final such a big game and the people involved including Coach Jim Telfer.

Victor: My Journey- De Jongh Borchardt & Victor Mattfield
A biography on Victor Mattfield and how/why he has been such a great leader on the pitch.

Springbok Glory: Golden Moments in the Modern Area- Stephan Nell
A good read for anyone who is a fan but always wants to learn some additional strategies to the game.

R is for Rugby: An Alphabet Book- Mike Petri
A children's alphabet book that teaches both the alphabet and the game to little ones with fun rhymes and colorful pictures. 

Books for Performance

Tread Lightly- Peter Larson & Bill Katovsky
Really goes into running, how to run better, have less injuries, shoes and running shoe scams, to some history of running.

Fitness Confidential – Vinnie Tororich & Dean Lorey
The title says it all. This is a best seller which is part insight into the fitness industry, just how Vinnie has become a top trainer some things he's learned as an ultra athlete.

Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar-Your Brain’s Silent Killers- David Perlmutter, MD
Well researched book with science and facts but easy read which can help you understand why you should change your diet to improve your performance and avoid inflammation and other grain-based ailments.

Good Calories, Bad Calories- Gary Taubles
This is a very informative book, but its long and very detailed if you are into this stuff read it, if you are stating out come back to this book later.

Challenging Beliefs: Memoirs of a Career- Tim Noakes
You get first hand information from a sports scientist on things from proper hydration, training, to his work with the Springboks, and athletes performance.

The Calories Myth: How to Eat More, Exercise Less, Loose Wight and Live Better- Jonathan Bailor
This a great book to help you understand how calories work, connects of Satiety and set points, the impact different foods have, what your body needs to get you in optimum health.

The Warrior Ethos- Steven Pressfield
A short easy read with some great bits of history what provide insights to how to be successful teams and can be applied to rugby and competition.

Born to Run: Hidden Tribe, Superathletes and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen- Christopher McDougall.
The title of this best seller explains it all, but it goes even deeper (into how and why humans are build to run). It can be a great aid in your training.

Starting Strength 3rd Edition-Mark Rippetoe
Everything you need to know about strength training with barbells from one of the best experts on the subject of weight training. 

Becoming a Supple Leopard - Dr. Kelly Starrett
This second edition will provide you with over 500 pages of mobility exercises, tips, prescriptions, recipes and resources to help you take care of your body, improve mobility, function and help you fix your body yourself.