Stayed up late last night to cram it in. Good work. Very good work!
- Tim Noonan, South China Morning Post, Rugby journalist
I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It was good to see you mention the Canadian rugby involvement on two occasions. The first was very hush-hush at the time - but we all knew about Ro Hindson's second when Rugby World had a colour photo of him in action!
Tokkie's tour to South Africa was a bit of a gamble in dangerous times and It cost him dearly. He loved his rugby and its atmosphere and his vision was ahead of the time.
- Doug Sturrock, Canadian rugby author and historian
While this book is essentially about Tokkie Smith and his contribution to rugby union in Asia and the world, it is about much more.
It is about the fight against the elitist rugby bodies and their double standards, it is about the stranglehold of world rugby’s governing body, it is about Hong Kong in the colonial era, and above all it is about the birth of one of the biggest and most exciting events on the international rugby calendar – the Hong Kong Sevens.
- Martin Tiffany, Fijian rugby journalist
Just finished reading the book. I can’t express how emotional I got finding out so much I didn’t know about my brother and how beautifully you explained it. Our whole family were anti-apartheid and taking the tour to South Africa was rebellious and brave. It makes me proud to read that about him.
Thank you again for your beautiful powerful emotionally moving description of Tokkie. It would definitely have tears rolling down his cheeks as it has mine.
- Beth Narain, Tokkie's sister
Extracts from comments by Tokkie's colleagues:
Part 1 Makee Learnee
Chapter 1 The Gloucester Bar
Chapter 2 Frillies
Chapter 3 A Son of England
Chapter 4 Getting it in London
Chapter 5 The Fading Empire
Part 2 Hong Kong
Chapter 6 An End to Isolation
Chapter 7 Opening up the Game
Chapter 8 I Zigga Zumba
Chapter 9 Tokkie Gets Sophisticated
Chapter 10 Goodbye White Rugby
Chapter 11 The All Blacks
Chapter 12 The Need for Sponsors
Part 3 Uniting Asia
Chapter 13 Joining the Establishment
Chapter 14 Last of the Amateur Toffs
Chapter 15 Family Affairs
Chapter 16 The Roberts Era
Chapter 17 Finally, England
Chapter 18 Tokkie Takes Over
Part 4 Founding the Sevens
Chapter 19 Big Money
Chapter 20 Decision
Chapter 21 Founding the Sevens
Chapter 22 Old Friends
Part 5 Apartheid
Chapter 23 Prestigious Years
Chapter 24 A Return to Africa
Chapter 25 A Good Try
Chapter 26 Secret Plans
Chapter 27 The Brilliant Islanders
Chapter 28 Finding the Dragons
Chapter 29 A Secret Arrival
Chapter 30 ‘A Worthwhile Exercise’
Part 6 Judgement
Chapter 31 The Reckoning
Chapter 32 Alone
Chapter 33 The Morning After
Chapter 34 A Rolling, Bouncing Ball
Chapter 35 Final Whistle
Chapter 36 Redemption
This book is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Will Jones, late of Port Macquarie in Australia, a dashing scrum half and pal from student days, then family man, dedicated surgeon , lifelong friend and always a hilarious raconteur.
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