The Pacific Islander in Irish Rugby: From Exotic ‘Other’ to Global Professional Colleague

O'Callaghan, Liam (2014) The Pacific Islander in Irish Rugby: From Exotic ‘Other’ to Global Professional Colleague. International Journal of the History of Sport, 31. pp. 1345-1358. ISSN 0952-3367

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Abstract

This paper explores historical and contemporary connections between Irish rugby and the Pacific Islands. Tracing these connections from the first tours to the British Isles by Fijian rugby teams in the 1960s through to the contemporary professional era, this paper seeks to elucidate the evolving perception of the Pasifika within Irish rugby. Ultimately, it is argued that key contextual shifts in global rugby and Irish society from the mid-1990s gave rise to a clear shift in the function and perception of the Pacific Islander rugby player in Europe, and specifically of Ireland. A figure who was once seen as the exotic ‘other’ became a sought-after commodity in the global rugby transfer market.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information and Comments: This is an Author's Original Manuscript of an article whose final and definitive form, the Version of Record, has been published in the International Journal of the History of Sport, 7 April 2014, copyright Taylor & Francis, available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/09523367.2014.903928
Keywords: Irish rugby, Pacific Islander, athletic migration, globalisation
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences
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Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2016 10:11
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2016 00:15
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/682

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