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‘The “Generals” is a magnificent book, it really is. Amazing. One that covers so many things – not just the first five-eighths and their perspectives on winning the World Cup. You really have to look at this one. It’s fascinating from start to finish and it’s got to be a great one to have in your collection.’ – Andrew Love, Radio Network


‘Congratulations on another addition to your fine body of work.’ – Charlie Stone, ‘ITM ReUnion’ producer, Sky TV


‘Well done. It looks fantastic. Such a good memory for New Zealand.’ – Martin Snedden, CEO, Rugby NZ 2011 Ltd, organiser of the Rugby World Cup


‘It’s a brilliant concept. Telling the tale through the first five-eighths puts a whole new concept on the game compared to doing it through the captains. It’s a stroke of genius.’ – Russell Harris, ZB radio


‘Paul Verdon’s series of collectors’ rugby books have created a niche – restricted-run, historically-aimed publishing complete with the signatures of the main protagonists to enhance collectability – and he has done it again with Generals of the Rugby World Cup– Paul Lewis, sports editor, Herald on Sunday


‘Super-boot Grant Fox helped steer the All Blacks to their historic triumph in the 1987 Rugby World Cup final. But, in a new book celebrating 25 years of the World Cup, the star first-five has told how a head knock in the match meant he couldn’t party into the night with celebrating team-mates’ – Neil Reid, Sunday News


‘My copy of Generals of the Rugby World Cup arrived safely yesterday. My grateful thanks. As anticipated, every bit as high quality as your most excellent previous publications. An outstanding record of all the RWC tournaments to date, inclusive of excellent analysis and commentary; beautifully illustrated and presented.  A real collector’s item. The “Brieflies” really add a nice touch.’ – Jim Douglas, buyer


‘The (Otago Daily Times’ ‘Last Word’ column) has a book to give away – and it is easily the biggest, most expensive book this column will pass on to a deserving home. Generals of the Rugby World Cup is author Paul Verdon’s latest ambitious project. In the “golden leather and cigar box” style, the book is a very impressive piece of work. – Hayden Meikle, sports editor, Otago Daily Times


‘Thank you very, very much for sending a copy of your masterpiece, the ‘Generals of the Rugby World Cup.’  That is ever so appreciated!’ – John Lea, Association of Rugby Historians & Statisticians


‘Looking for a Christmas present that will stand the test of time. Then look no further. The Herald has a copy of Paul Verdon’s Generals of the Rugby World Cup to give away …’ NZ Herald


‘Wonderful book’ 

‘This wonderful book is a perfect example of what good sports journalism should be. The documentation of the 1959 Lions Tour of New Zealand is a worthy and lasting gift to the library of world rugby.’ – Cliff Morgan, former Wales and British Lions star and BBC broadcast executive


‘Hail, king of rugby books – astonishing new landmark’

‘This is an astonishing volume …it sets a new landmark for this country’s sporting publications. There has never been a New Zealand sports book quite like this one. The 1959 Lions may have been the best side to tour New Zealand. Many wise people maintain that the tour was the greatest, most enjoyable, rugby expedition New Zealand – and perhaps the rugby world – has known. The quality of Verdon’s book makes this appear a very sound judgement.  – Don Cameron for the NZ Herald


‘Book of the year’

‘To mark next year’s 50th anniversary of the 1959 Lions’ tour, its story has been recorded in rugby’s book of the year …’ – Nick Tolerton, Christchurch Star


 ‘Rugby’s Royal Tour’

‘Paul Verdon has produced a monumental book. Kings of Rugby is a keepsake for babyboomers spawned on legends. It is a legacy worth leaving for a generation puzzled by the paradoxes of amateur sport – that unpaid players could front up to determined opposition each Wednesday and Saturday for 12 weeks, so far from home.’  – Mike Crean, The Press


Superb research and excellent writing

‘Many congratulations on an excellent production. Your superb research and excellent writing together with the general content and presentation, has resulted in a very special insight into the tour by the 1959 Lions. This will I am sure be much sought-after by the rugby public …’  – Ronnie Dawson, captain of the Lions on their tour and in the test series



“Congratulations – this is the best rugby book I have ever seen in my lifetime and I have seen plenty!” – former Wallaby great Simon Poidevin

“The book is beautiful and I am honoured to be a part of it.” – Joel Stransky, the famous Springbok flyhalf whose extra-time dropped goal won the 1995 World Cup.

“It’s a fantastic book and one I shall personally treasure.” – manager of the Lions team to tour Australia in 2013 and former Lions and Scotland fullback Andy Irvine

“Your excellent book is … a must have. Many congratulations.” – famous Wales and Lion scrumhalf Gareth Edwards

“A brilliant production. It’s marvellous!”- manager of the 2009 Lions’ tour to South Africa, IRB member and former Wales’ star Gerald Davies



‘It is a superb book. Congratulations on the quality and presentation of it.’ – Barry Maister, New Zealand Olympic Association CEO and Olympic hockey gold medallist 1976


‘It is truly an awesome book and I am glad to be part of it.’ – Hamish Carter, Olympic triathlon gold medallist, 2004


‘Well done, Paul.’ – Sir Peter Snell, Olympic middle-distance treble gold medallist, 1960 and 1964


‘It is truly a great book!’ – Ian Ferguson, canoeing, winner of four gold medals and silver medal, 1984 Los Angeles and 1988 Seoul


‘You’re a bloody marvel, Paul. You should be an Olympic legend yourself.’ – Tony Kendall, father of Bruce Kendall (boardsailing gold medallist, 1988 Seoul) and Barbara Kendall (boardsailing gold, silver and bronze medallist, 1992 Barcelona, 1996 Atlanta, 2000 Sydney)



‘Wonderful achievement’

‘This book is the most wonderful achievement on your behalf and the work (and pleasure) involved must have been phenomenal. I have well over 10,000 cricket books and ‘The Immortals’ is right up there with the best of them. – Tony Debenham, Cricket Memorabilia Society


‘Monumental task of collection’

‘What an impressive publication. It must have been a monumental task to collect all those signatures. I can’t imagine anyone compiling a similar tome for any of the other test playing nations – which is a great shame. I think this book will remain unique, a great investment and documentation to the history of New Zealand’s test history. – Lee, CMS


‘Proud to own’

‘As a collector myself, just how you managed to collect all those signatures is beyond me. You’ve produced a volume that any memorabilia collector would be proud to own. – Mike Williams, CMS
‘A privilege to own this book’
‘I am in awe of your achievement. The biographies are full and reveal the collective spirit that comes to describe everyone who has represented NZ in sport and, particularly in cricket. I know from personal experience the difficulties and frustrations involved when trying to trace former cricketers. I am left in total admiration and, as I look at the book, with a feeling of real gratitude. – Tony Saunders, CMS


‘A masterpiece’

‘You should be immensely proud of this book, as it is a masterpiece. Even without the signatures, which are a welcome bonus, the quality of the lay-out, text and photographs is outstanding. – Michael Stone, CMS