I played rugby for twenty-two years. At senior level, I played for Loughborough Colleges and English Universities while I was a physical education student in England. After graduation, I played with Irish club Ballymena and was 1st XV Captain 1980-1981. I also taught rugby courses and coached rugby teams for some thirty-five years in England, Ireland, The Netherlands, Japan, Australia and Canada. This included young players of all ages and abilities, as well as top teams and international players. Career-wise, I started out my working life as a secondary school teacher, but after three years moved into higher education as a lecturer in physical education, specialising in sport psychology. I completed a Masters degree and Ph.D. in psychology which led to university positions in The Netherlands and, later, a professorship in Japan. Currently, I am an adjunct professor with the School of Kinesiology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. I have published numerous manuscripts in psychology and sport and exercise psychology journals and have written several books: Exercise Dependence (with Lindner & Blaydon 2007); Rethinking Aggression and Violence in Sport (2005); Counselling Athletes: Applying Reversal Theory (2001); Motivation and Emotion in Sport (1997); Understanding Soccer Hooliganism (1994).
on March 13, 2013 :
This is a serious book which examines the darker side of rugby. I believe it is a compelling read for all involved at the various levels of the game. The content provides an indepth analysis of the subject matter of what constitutes violence/aggression within the game of rugby. There are many well documented references and examples of relevant incidents, including the helpful use of appropriate video autolinks. The subject matter is very thought provoking and is obviously written by someone whose knowledge of the game leaves little to the imagination. One is left to ponder whether aggression as an essential ingredient within a player in order to play the game competently, is the sum of genetics or can it be motivated, induced by conditions? In addition, the author John Kerr gives a real sense of the history of the game and its early development. One to be recommended.
(reviewed 86 days after purchase)
O Randall Braman
on March 07, 2013 :
I have finished reading John Kerr's book, and it is quite
exciting...really. It would make a good movie, at least a documentary. If a movie, you would need a plot and lots of staged violence, with a hero that comes through it all unscathed. With lots of close shaves, of course. And
villains, which you have plenty of. Seriously, it is a real page-turner. Once you start reading, it is hard to stop. And it is not redundant. Each example it relate differs in basic and surprising ways from the rest. And it keeps the excitement right up to the very end. And it is obviously
written by one who has been there.
(reviewed 26 days after purchase)
on March 03, 2013 :
I just finished the rugby violence book. It was very thorough. In fact, it was like being in a toe to toe prize fight - very intense descriptions of the incidents and those involved with no ducking and weaving. The sanctioned and unsanctioned distinction certainly holds up well. It is the grey areas and particularly trying to work out the intent of the damager where it becomes really engaging. The section I found most interesting involved the cases which went to court and the legal principles and judgements involved. In summary, a detailed, well written and thought provoking account of aggression in rugby union.
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)