CHILL-OUT SUNDAY THE ELLIS RUGBY – PRINCE OBOLENSKY ENGLAND RUGBY – THE FLYING PRINCE: ALEXANDER OBOLENSKY: THE RUGBY HERO WHO DIED TOO YOUNG – BOOK PREVIEW
Prince Obolensky England Rugby. The Flying Prince: Alexander Obolensky: The Rugby Hero Who Died Too Young. The Ellis Rugby Book preview.
Author – Hugh Godwin
Hugh is a former rugby union correspondent for the Independent on Sunday. Also, he writes on the game for the Independent website and newspaper. He is also a regular co-commentator and analyst on BBC Radio London’s rugby output. Also, secretary of the Rugby Writers’ Club.
Here’s the Book Preview – Prince Obolensky England Rugby. The Flying Prince: Alexander Obolensky: The Rugby Hero Who Died Too Young.
Prince Alexander Sergeevich Obolensky made his name on a cold January day. At Twickenham in 1936. Furthermore, his achievements were captured for posterity by the newsreels of the time.
On his England debut. Having already scored one exhilarating try. The striking blond winger collected a pass on the right. And, path blocked, veered left at such a pace that a line of opponents were left grasping at thin air. It was a historic try. Unrivalled in skill and speed. In addition, it inspired England’s first-ever victory over the All Blacks.
Born to a noble family in St Petersburg in 1916. He had been due a life of wealth and privilege. Until revolution forced the Obolenskys to flee Russia. Arriving in Britain with just a handful of possessions. They were reduced to relying on handouts. Little Alex’s very education resting on the charity of others. But as the young boy began his new life in a strange country. It was his natural sporting ability that would bring him lasting fame.
Controversial England Rugby Selection
The controversial selection for England of a Russian-born prince was a huge story in the press. Stirring up xenophobia. As well as excitement at the 19-year-old Oxford student’s sheer pace. His later exploits on and off the field would keep his name in the papers. Yet Alex was destined to win only four international caps. Despite touring with the Lions. And appearing for the Barbarians. After joining the RAF to serve his adopted king and country. He died at the controls of a Hurricane in March 1940.
Bringing a fascinating era to life. The Flying Prince explores the mystery and mythology surrounding Alexander Obolensky. And for the first time tells the full story of the sporting hero who died too young.
Where to buy Prince Obolensky England Rugby. The Flying Prince: Alexander Obolensky: The Rugby Hero Who Died Too Young.
Firstly, this book is available from AMAZON. Secondly, it can be bought directly from WATERSTONES. In addition, we offer the Retro England Rugby Shirt Flying Prince inspired by Prince Obolensky. Also, we offer the England Rugby Prince Shirt 1936 Polo. Also our England Rugby T-Shirt Prince Obolensky Navy or in Grey.