The Indomitables - Rugby League's Greatest Tour

    Delivery time:Publication Date - 14 February 2024
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‘What a tour! What a story! Great rugby players and tough, tough men.’
Martin Johnson

‘The Indomitables were an example to all of us and set the standards for everyone who followed them.
Billy Boston

‘Australians admire the best in sport, and The Indomitables showed they were the very best.’
Pat Devery

‘The 1946 Indomitables Tour was the stuff of legend, and this brilliant book brings the tour to life in a way that’s never been done before. Sports history at its very best.'
Jim Mills

‘If you want to know why I and so many other league players wanted, more than anything, to be selected for an Ashes tour - then read this book. It’s a sensational story of the greatest team that created the tradition we were all so proud to be part of.'
Andy Gregory


Forewords Pat Devery & Billy Boston
Preface Eric Grothe

1.  The Ashes Tradition

2.  League Goes To War

3.  A Kind of Normality

4.  Trials and Tribulations

5.  Selection and Departure

6.  Becoming Indomitable

7.  Crossing the Continent

8.  Australia in 1946

9.  Sydney Celebrities

10. Opening Shots

11. A Bruising Build-Up

12. The First Test

13. On to Queensland

14. The Second Test

15. Bulimba Trilogy

16. The Third Test

17. New Zealand in 1946

18. West Coast Blues

19. Rebuilding Maori Rugby

20. The New Zealand Test

21. The Long Way Home

22. Aftermath

23. Afterlife I: The Indomitables

24. Afterlife II: Kangaroos & Kiwis

25. Conclusion

       Results and Statistics
       Joe Egan's Tour Diary

The 1946 Indomitables won the three Test series in Australia with two victories and a draw - an unbeaten record that has never been repeated - and remain Britain's most successful rugby league tourists.

Lavishly illustrated with over 300 photographs, The Indomitables is the most comprehensive and authoritative account of the 1946 tour that made sporting legends of the 15 Englishmen and 11 Welshmen (including the captain, Gus Risman) who created sporting history and won the respect of the Australian nation.

These were The Indomitables – and this is their sensational story.

Martin Whitcombe is the grandson of Frank Whitcombe, one the Indomitables, and who also enjoyed a successful rugby (union) career with Leicester Tigers, and England B. Today he  lives in West Yorkshire and is a keen follower of both rugby league and  union.

Huw Richards is a journalist and historian. Formerly rugby correspondent of the Financial Times and cricket correspondent of the International  Herald Tribune, he teaches sports history at St Mary’s University, Twickenham.

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