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The tragic stories of the 90 international rugby players who gave their lives in the Second World War have been told in a poignant new book.
These days elite rugby players go to war on the pitch, putting their bodies through hell to secure victory, but these heroic ex-internationals went to war for real - for a far greater purpose - never to return.
Included in their ranks was the grandfather of actor Rory Kinnear, a Russian prince who scored one of England's greatest tries and Scottish international Eric Liddell whose exploits on the track were immortalised in the 1981 Oscar-winning film Chariots of Fire.
Historian and screenwriter Nigel McCrery, who created the BBC TV series' Silent Witness and New Tricks, has meticulously researched the lives of all these fallen heroes.