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Murdoch : the All Black who never returned / by Ron Palenski.

By: Palenski, Ron.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Auckland, New Zealand : Mower 2018Copyright date: ©2018Description: 198 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781988516127; 1988516129.Subject(s): Murdoch, Keith, 1943-2018 | All Blacks (Rugby team) | Rugby Union football players -- New Zealand -- Biography | Rugby Union football players -- Dismissal of | Rugby Union football -- Tournaments 1972Genre/Form: Biographies.DDC classification: 796.333092 Summary: "The story of Keith Murdoch is the story that won't go away. Ejected from the All Blacks' long tour of 1972-73 because of a run-in with a security guard, Murdoch thereafter chose the solitary life of a nomad, much of it in the Australian. Other rugby players, not just New Zealanders, have offended more than Murdoch and been penalised less. Murdoch was a victim of circumstance and of an era when players were supposed to be seen and not heard. For the first time, a book explores the whole of the Murdoch story: it tracks the truth behind the many tales of his prodigious strength, it details why he was sometimes mysteriously absent from teams for which he'd been chosen, and it fills in the gaps from the missing years. Most crucially and tellingly, it peels back the layers of speculation about what really happened in Cardiff and exposes where the real fault lies"-- Back cover.
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The story of Keith Murdoch is the great unsolved mystery of world rugby. The All Black who was sent home from the tour of the British Isles in 1972 and who exiled himself to the vastness of the Australian outback remains a banner headline in rugby memories. It does so despite the passing of the years. The basics of the story are well known: the strength of the man who scored the All Blacks' only try against Wales, then the celebrations that night that went so horribly wrong. Murdoch has appeared publicly a few times since but not said much and nothing at all of the events of that night, or how he felt then and later. But now, the story can be told more fully than before through anecdotes and memories of teammates and colleagues and through the damning words of those who condemned him to his life on the run.

"Foreword by Ian Kirpatrick"--Cover.

Includes bibliographical references.

"The story of Keith Murdoch is the story that won't go away. Ejected from the All Blacks' long tour of 1972-73 because of a run-in with a security guard, Murdoch thereafter chose the solitary life of a nomad, much of it in the Australian. Other rugby players, not just New Zealanders, have offended more than Murdoch and been penalised less. Murdoch was a victim of circumstance and of an era when players were supposed to be seen and not heard. For the first time, a book explores the whole of the Murdoch story: it tracks the truth behind the many tales of his prodigious strength, it details why he was sometimes mysteriously absent from teams for which he'd been chosen, and it fills in the gaps from the missing years. Most crucially and tellingly, it peels back the layers of speculation about what really happened in Cardiff and exposes where the real fault lies"-- Back cover.