Launch of ‘Balls, Bullets & Boots’


Palmerston North Convention Centre | Fri 11 November, 2016

You are invited to the launch of ‘Balls, Bullets and Boots’ by Clive Akers, on the 11th of November, 6-7pm at the Convention Centre.

Balls, Bullets and Boots is a tribute to a generation of New Zealanders affected by World War One. This book explores the lives of a selected number of players and their families who each had a close connection with rugby. Included are the stories of 13 All Blacks who perished on WWI battlefields. Over 1,100 provincial rugby players served overseas with nearly one in every five not returning home. Balls, Bullets and Boots provides a record of rugby played on the sands of Egypt, near the frontline at the Western Front and New Zealand’s victory in the 1919 King’s Cup, the first multination tournament and a forerunner to the Rugby World Cup.

With more than 300 pages of important New Zealand history, Balls, Bullets and Boots is lavishly illustrated with archival photographs and illustrations.