A first biography from Hugh Godwin, rugby correspondent of the i, and a fine fist he's made of it too
It is well-researched vignettes such as this, deftly side-stepping the main story, that make Hugh Godwin's tale of Obolensky a pleasure to read. There are plenty of colourful characters, such as Geoffrey Bell, Obolensky's headmaster, who was fond of making the boys take a naked cold dip in the outdoor pool every morning; or WTS Stallybrass, a sozzled Brasenose don who died falling off a train on his way back from dinner, after mistaking the carriage door for the lavatory
'Expertly fills in the gaps . . . Now we have a biography his story deserves'
The fascinating tale of the Russian-born aristocrat who helped England beat the All-Blacks for the first time