After The Final Whistle: The First Rugby World Cup 1919: A talk by author Stephen Cooper

  • Date: 5th October 2019
  • Location: World Rugby Hall of Fame Little Elborow Street, Rugby CV21 3BZ
  • Time: 19:00
  • Cost: £10 per ticket. £3.50 for annual pass holders.

Stephen Cooper will be speaking about his book ‘After the Final Whistle: The First Rugby World Cup & The First World War’. His talk will take place within the World Rugby Hall of Fame.


In 1919, a grateful Mother Country hosted a rugby tournament which would travel throughout the land: sevens teams at eight venues, playing 17 matches to declare a first ‘world champion’, winner of the King’s Cup, presented by George V at Twickenham Stadium. Never before had teams from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, Britain and France been assembled in one place. Rugby held the first ever ‘World Cup’; football would not play its own version, in a single city, until 1930.

Award-winning author Stephen Cooper was born in Birmingham, England. His grandfather fought at the Somme, but refused to tell the tale and so inspired a lifelong fascination for the Great War. Stephen has also played and coached rugby for longer than he can remember. His first book ‘The Final Whistle’ won Rugby Book of the Year in the 2013 Times British Sports Book Awards.

Book tickets via Rugby Visitor Centre (01788) 533217.

This event is part of the Celebrate Rugby programme, celebrating the Japan Rugby World Cup in Rugby. The full programme can be found at

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