Release date confirmed for ‘An Illustrated History of English Rugby’ book by James Stafford

An Illustrated History of English Rugby: Fun, Facts and Stories from Over 150 years of International Rugby’ from East Terrace editor James Stafford and illustrator Raluca Moldovan will be published on 2nd March, 2023, by Polaris Publishing.


The book is a follow up to the bestselling ‘An Illustrated History of Welsh Rugby’, which sold out within ten months of its February 2021 released and was revised and updated for a second edition in February 2022.

The new book takes readers on a thrilling journey through a century and a half of glory, failure, mediocrity and brilliance. Mixing stats and facts with player profiles, match reports and social history, this book is perfect for hardcore and casual fans aged eight to 80.

Watch the video of how artist Carys Feehan put together the cover art featuring England internationals from the 19th century (Lennard Stokes), 20th century (Ronald Poulton) and 21st century (Maro Itoje). Music for the video is by Stafford/Howells for ‘And Even After All This We Still Won’t Have Any More Hope‘.

For more details on other titles by East Terrace editor James Stafford, visit our books page. A new book announcement will also be made in early 2023 for the third part of the ‘An Illustrated History of Rugby’ series.

Preorders can be made from all good online booksellers, including the publishers.

Polaris Publishing preorder

Waterstones preorder

Amazon preorder