Two project players and a kilted Kiwi with a granny from Fife: (re)presenting Scotland at the 2015 Rugby World Cup

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Abstract

Research into the representation of national identities in international sport has developed markedly in the last 24 years. Much of this has focused on the print media portrayal of national identities in mega-events like the Olympic Games and the Football World Cup. This article looks at the ways in which rugby union players representing Scotland at the 2015 Rugby World Cup were portrayed across four newspapers during the 6 weeks of the tournament. It considers the ways in which national identities came into focus through newspaper narratives focusing on three members of the Scotland team who were born outside of that nation. This work highlights the contested terrain of the rules around player eligibility and broader notions of acceptance of these players as representatives of the Scottish nation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)116-128
Number of pages13
JournalSport in Society
Volume23
Issue number1
Early online date22 Jan 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2020

Keywords

  • eligibility
  • identities
  • migration
  • nation

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