‘Rugby Reloaded’ talks to Hugh Godwin about his fascinating new biography of the England winger of the 1930s, Prince Alexander Obolensky. ‘The Flying Prince’ is a meticulously researched book which examines how a Russian noble came to be the hero of English rugby union by scoring two devastating tries in England’s first ever win over the All Blacks in 1936. Along the way, it paints a detailed picture of the sport in the interwar years, discusses the history of international eligibility, and reveals the truth behind Obolensky’s death in World War Two. For more on the history of the football codes, take a look at www.rugbyreloaded.com (where you can find the links for this episode) and follow me on Twitter at @collinstony

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