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How rugby’s toughest ever players earned their nicknames

Wade Dooley AKA ‘The Blackpool Tower’

The police service has a long history of supplying players to international teams and few could have been bigger than the English lock. His birth weight was 10lb 10oz and by the time he was on the force he was 6’ 8”, or 7’2” with his helmet on! Working the beat at the Lancashire seaside resort he states that he rarely had to get involved in physical confrontation – that’s no surprise! Though was often in the thick of some tussles in particular with France and Wales who had their own tough guys cops in their ranks. Those were the days! 

Hard Men of Rugby by Luke Upton (@MrLukeUpton) and published by Y Lolfa is available now, at all good bookshops and online at Amazon


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