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Confessions of a Rugby Mercenary

Confessions of a Rugby Mercenary [Kindle Edition]

John Daniell
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"'The best rugby book of the year'" (John Inverdale, Daily Telegraph)

"'A gem ... high on honesty and humour' " (Observer)

"'Riveting'" (Donald McRae, Guardian)

"a darkly humourous account of a life of strife and flying fists with Montpelier" (Independent on Sunday)

"Rugby fans are going to absolutely love it" (Sport Magazine)

Book Description

We do this for money and for the love of the game - but mainly for the money.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 642 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Digital (2 April 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0031RS5NI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #172,671 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Confessions of a reader 22 May 2009
John Daniell's book is by far the best 'inside story' about rugby that I have read to date. His journalistic skills make the writing interesting and easy to follow and his narrative clearly tells of the highs and lows of playing one of the most physical games. This is a fascinating read for rugby and non-rugby readers; although on balance I would suggest more suited to rugby followers.

This is an updated publication of the book, and whilst it is a couple of years old his comments still have great relevance to the game; especially when we now see so many UK players about to go to France to play rugby next season.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BrillIiant 31 May 2009
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A brilliant book, really takes you inside the mindset of French rugby, a great insight into a professional players thoughts, a real page turner

well worth a read !
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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I came to this book after reading one or two of the reviews on Amazon. It's a 'five star read' as far as I am concerned, and I think that all who follow rugby in whatever capacity will find it both entertaining and informative.
The fact that John Daniell is writing mostly in the capacity of someone who plied his trade as a professional rugby player in France should put no-one off. In fact should you be an avid supporter of any of the UK rugby teams, the fact that his points of reference are within the French set-up allows interesting comparison with the game in England in particular. It is enjoyable to compare the teams he has played for in France, particularly, Perpignan and Montpellier and play the game of spotting their equivalent in English rugby: could Montpellier be a bit like Bristol, without the scenery to match perhaps?
Anyway so far as this 'Glos' supporter is concerned, I finished the book in just a few sittings , and that's a rare event for me. So: in summary: Buy it, Read it and 'enjoy'!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must read book 29 May 2009
Great book. If to short. What an honest account of playing in France is like. Money dominates. However Daniell`s accounts seems honest. A great read for any sports fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quick but great read ! 3 May 2009
For the hard core rugby fan who follows the french scene this book is awesome.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's OK 16 Dec 2013
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Perfectly readable and quite interesting if you are really into Rugby Union as played in France. The inside view of the clubs is interesting, but now of course dated.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Less confessions, more ruminations 23 July 2012
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This is an interesting snippet of the life of a professional rugby player - not one of the headline makers, but one of the new breed of journeymen players who have enough skill and talent to play top-flight rugby at whichever club is willing to pay them for it. John Daniell was a New Zealander who found himself playing in France for a succession of clubs. This book tells the tale of his last season of professional rugby at Montpellier. The narrative is based around the match reports of the season. These are probably the least interesting part of the book and could have been pulled from any newspaper. What is better is Daniell's own ruminations on the key issues of the day - the violence of professional rugby, especially in France, the job security and salary discussions that professional players must take part in, the importance of European competition, the threat of young players coming through, the decisions that have to be taken when a career is coming to an end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read if you are at all serious about rugby
Great book describing the harsh realities of a professional rugby career
Published 2 months ago by Allison Thomas-Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
Great read-an in depth look at French rugby from the inside.
Well worth purchasing- it's been borrowed & enjoyed by so many of my mates.
Published 4 months ago by Christopher Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars confessions of a rugby mercenary
great read, super quick delivery. The only fault was that there was a 50p sticker was left on the cover. Read more
Published on 9 Jun 2012 by buyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great rugby read
Brilliant book. An easy, insightful read. Liked it so much I bought copies for 2 of my rugby mad friends.
Published on 6 July 2011 by Grant Perry
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read for introduction to Professionalism and French club rugby
I was bought this book for my birthday and I really enjoyed it. Whilst there were insights into the world of professional rugby players, to an extent I had expected these. Read more
Published on 30 May 2011 by David Thomas
3.0 out of 5 stars Pas mal..
This is not bad at all. But I would hesitate to give it 4 stars. There seems to be little organisation. Read more
Published on 30 Oct 2009 by JWA Drennan
4.0 out of 5 stars Rugby the hard way
I've read quite few player books but this is by far the best . I'm sure all that Austin wrote in his book was true but had the feel of "ME" book and not an angle on rugby I wanted. Read more
Published on 18 Oct 2009 by Amazon Customer
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