- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Ebury Press (2 April 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0091930685
- ISBN-13: 978-0091930684
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.4 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 275,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Confessions of a Rugby Mercenary Paperback – 2 Apr 2009
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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)
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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.
well worth a read !
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'!
I found it more enjoyable than Gareth Thomas' recent autobiography, and it is a much easier read with more focus on the rugby.
It covers so many aspects of rugby and has some real funny parts. I thoroughly enjoyed it with insights into the mentality of players, coaches, sponsors etc. What makes it more frank is that it is not written by one of the top level names in the game, he has no sponsors or club to mind or to please and so is free to tell it the way he sees thing.s I thoroughly recommend it to anyone with an interest in rugby.
The book is a good insight to how rugby changed ( from one mans eyes in France )to professionalism and what the game still means for the ' real ' supporter. Funny and Truth related stories.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent book that gives a unique insight into the mindset of both French rugby and the modern professional. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great book describing the harsh realities of a professional rugby careerPublished 16 months ago by Allison Thomas-Smith
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.
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.Published on 16 Dec. 2013 by R. W. Polkinghorne
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
This is not bad at all. But I would hesitate to give it 4 stars. There seems to be little organisation. Read morePublished on 30 Oct. 2009 by JWA Drennan