This Sporting Life is a 1963 movie based in the North of England. Written by David Storey and based on his novel, it was directed by Lindsay Anderson. Frank Machin (Richard Harris) is a disaffected Yorkshire coal miner. During a bar brawl, he is spotted by the manager of the local rugby team. Impressed by Machin's aggressiveness, he talks him into trying out for the team; the owner of the club (Alan Badel) signs Machin almost immediately. Machin finds the perfect venue for his aggressive tendencies on the rugby field and is a success. His personal life is less of a triumph. Cold towards women, he uses them for his own gratification, including his widowed landlady (Rachel Roberts), a woman still grieving for her husband and left financially ruined by his death. This Sporting Life is considered one of the last of the British New Wave movies, and was Richard Harris' first starring role.