Click to buy 'The Rugby Rebellion' (aka Pioneers of Rugby League)...
Click to buy ‘The Rugby Rebellion’ (aka Pioneers of Rugby League)

“Its revelation is fascinating.”
The Sydney Morning Herald

“It is superbly researched and a very interesting read – in years to come it will be considered a classic.”
Peter Sharpham, author ‘The First Wallabies’

The Rugby Rebellion‘ (re-titled as ‘Pioneers of Rugby League‘) is now in its final print run – don’t miss out!

The Rugby Rebellion (first & second editions)

A now iconic book acclaimed by fans, media and historians of both rugby codes.

It is a history book, but the story it tells reads and unfolds with the pace and intrigue of a mystery and suspense novel.

In a revealing and entertaining way it retraces how rugby became so popular and successful in Australia, that the game itself came to be fought over in a dramatic and bitter battle on and off the field between League and Union for the loyalty of players and fans, culminating with revolutionary matches between the Kangaroos and the Wallabies.

Featuring original newspaper clippings from match reports, re-live game action from a century ago. This 2nd edition also includes bonus section with new articles, records and stats.

It is a thrilling tale – of an uprising by footy-playing working class blokes, dismayed they were not getting a `fair go’ from those who ran their game, and the outcome of that anger.

These stunning events of a century ago forever changed Australia’s sporting winters.

“Revelations of biblical proportions for rugby (league and union) tragics – continually springing surprises in the style of a real-life thriller.”
The Illawarra Mercury


The Rugby Rebellion by Sean Fagan.
Paperback 432 pages, b&w photos throughout, bonus statistics/tables & extra articles.
Pioneers of Rugby League (The Rugby Rebellion) is available to order via book shops Australia wide (distributed by Dennis Jones & Associates – refer ISBN 9780975756300).
Buy now for $14.95 via or QBD
In New Zealand try Ebay or The Nile  or MightyApe
UK published edition available via London League Publications