A new school, a new sport, an old mystery...

Gerard Siggins
Rugby Spirit

Eoin has just started a new school … and a new sport. Everyone at school is mad about rugby, but Eoin hasn’t even held a rugby ball before! And why does everybody seem to know more about his own grandad than he does?


Sakura Medal - 2014


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‘Ok, lads, you have everything you need to win this game. So go out and do it ,' said the coach.

Eoin's not sure if it will be so easy! He’s just started a new school … and a new sport. Everyone at school is mad about rugby, but Eoin hasn’t even held a rugby ball before!

With new rules to learn, new friends to make and new teachers to get a handle on, he really doesn’t need to have Richie Duffy, the resident bully, picking him out as his latest target!

And just who is this guy, Brian, who looks so out-of-date, but gives great rugby advice?

Gerard Siggins was born in Dublin in 1962. Initially a sports journalist, he worked for many years in the Sunday Tribune, where he became assistant editor. He has written several books about cricket and rugby. His Rugby Spirit series has sold over 65,000 copies and is hugely popular with sports-loving children around the world. Gerard regularly visits schools to talk about his books.

Ger Siggins, co-author of Lansdowne Road ... looks like he has another winner on his hands with a rugby-themed children’s novel ... brilliant story for rugby-mad youngsters ... its simple approach ensures it can be enjoyed just as much by those new to the game

Sunday Independent

'Ger Siggins, my first editor, who actually christened me RO'CK, has written [Rugby Spirit]. And it's excellent. End of'

Ross O'Carroll Kelly

5/5 stars

The Primary Planet



The Primary Planet

'will go down a treat with young readers'

Woman’s Way

'superbly written ... well worth a read'

Irish Mail on Sunday

'a brilliant read'

Sunday World

'great read ... spirit of rugby alive and well in children’s novel'

Sunday World

a combination of rugby and the paranormal

The Bookseekers

if your lad - or indeed lassie - plays rugby, they’ll love this book ... and if your lad or lassie doesn’t play but would like to, there’s no better and no more entertaining manual than Rugby Spirit

Sunday World


Sunday Independent

a winner ... exciting

Evening Herald

you certainly don’t get too many novels for children about rugby ... Ger Siggins has put that right

Sunday World

a must for all young Irish rugby enthusiasts


a good old-fashioned yarn ... will capture the imagination of its intended audience


well-crafted entertaining tale


perfect for young sports fans

Mothers & Babies

will appeal to all young sports enthusiasts, especially rugby fans ... brimming with action and mystery

CBI's Recommended Reads 2012


Reader Reviews

We just can't enough of this book in Tokyo. We are all really hoping that Gerard Siggins writes some more great books soon!

Richie Steven on 5th September 2012

What a brilliant book! I just finished it five minutes ago and I am already sitting here wanting to tell everyone how good it was! It is just the right mixture of rugby, action, humour and a great story with a little bit of fantasy sprinkled over the t

Richie on 30th May 2012

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  • Lansdowne Road
  • Rugby Warrior
  • Rugby Flyer
  • Rugby Rebel

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