Many have said you just can’t “get” the fervour of team sport looking in from the outside, and simply can’t explain it from within.

This Is What We Are dissolves that barrier.

It takes you into the the heart and mind of the experience. Simply and directly. Catapaulting you into the storm that increasing numbers of rugby and football supporters face today: What happens to you when your club suddenly dies? When it’s killed. When big business casts what is most important to you aside...

Meet Jack. Jack was born in Trinidad and lives in Bologna, Italy, which he has made his home. But his spiritual home is just up the Po Valley in Parma, of all places, in a rugby stadium.

A season ago, that would have read “the home of his rugby team”. But market forces mean Jack’s club - Rugby Parma - can no longer afford to field a professional team in its name. It’s joined forces with another club to create a new team with a different name, different colours and different faces.

Jack had lived and breathed Parma Rugby for the best years of his life. His rugby friends had lived every Saturday or Sunday at the stadium for longer than they could remember. Some had been to Parma matches in the womb. It was what had set their blood coursing for a lifetime. And now it was all over.

Except there was this Frankenstein baby tugging at their heels, clamouring for the place in their hearts which still had the contours of their old team, a space that couldn’t be filled.

This compact book of short, powerful, thought-provoking episodes – each like the crucial moments in a match – traces the heartbeat of Parma’s recent glories into the season of mourning when Jack and his Rugby Parma friends had to try and discover who they were again.

But it’s also much more than that, with broader reflections on rugby and indeed football around Europe and even the States.

If you’re the girlfriend, boyfriend, wife, husband, son, daughter or close friend of one of those splendid lunatics who seems to live only for their team, this book will give you a unique insight into what makes their hearts beat and their passions live. Into what they are.

Get some snapshot insights from the excerpts here...

Live a passion that endures...

“This Is What We Are will strike a chord with anyone who has ever fallen hopelessly in love with a club, of whatever sporting creed." Jim Hawker, The Times

"A rare and passionate insight into Italian rugby" Paul Williams, Rugby Blogger for Rugby World Magazine, occasional Red Zone Analyst for BBC Scrum V.

“A witty, emotional and eye-opening account" Barry Irving, former professional rugby fly-half with London Scottish, Glasgow Warriors and Rugby Parma and Scotland A cap

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