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Made for Rugby: The Autobiography [Paperback]

Barrie McDermott
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27 Mar 2014

Leeds Rhinos and Great Britain forward Barrie McDermott is a modern rugby legend. Often described as notorious by the press, he admits he has had more punch-ups than hot dinners. McDermott has been at the very top of British Rugby League for more than a decade, starring for Oldham, Wigan and Leeds and earning caps for England, Ireland and Great Britain. But what is not widely known is that McDermott has achieved all this despite having lost an eye in a shooting accident when he was just 15. Away from rugby he has had regular brushes with the law - and in 1996 made headlines when he was the first person in the country to be arrested by police using CS gas. He later spent time behind bars after skipping bail to play for Leeds in a match in Paris, being arrested as he got off the plane on the homeward journey. He has appeared before the Rugby Football League's disciplinary committee many times, missing over 40 matches through suspension.

This outspoken autobiography of one of rugby's hardest men lifts the lid on one of the most remarkable careers in British sport.


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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Sidgwick & Jackson (27 Mar 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 1447269810
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447269816
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.2 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,049,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Barrie McDermott played first for Oldham then joined Wigan in 1994, becoming a core member of the most successful Rugby League side of all time. He now plays for Leeds Rhinos as well as the Great Britain team.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Honest and Truthful 28 Oct 2004
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I can only describe this book as to be one of the most honest and truthful autobiographies I have read in a long time. Funny in places, Barrie's book is well written and very difficult to put down once you have started it. A great read for Leeds Rhinos fan, and for for all other Rugby League fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Barrie tells it like it is 23 Feb 2005
Format:Hardcover
You could enjoy reading this book if you knew nothing about Rugby League, if you are a Rugby League fan then it's a must buy. Barrie McDermott has always given 100% to every club he's played for and gives 100% here. Read it and laugh..........
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Rugby League Book 13 Jan 2006
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
If you are into Rugby League this is a great book. It gives a great insight into the life of a rugby player (especially one like Barry Mac)
Hilarious in places. Worth a purchase any day
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5.0 out of 5 stars always admired Barrie McDermott ... 16 Jan 2014
By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I always thought of Barrie McDermott as a kind of ultimate rugby player, larger than life in every sense. This book is both an entertaining and sensitive testimony to a season in life that is over all too quickly - no one could justify the title better, even more so with the personal disadvantage he has had to overcome.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Barrie's gonna get you! 22 Jun 2010
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BRILL! This story about a legend of rugby league makes all the others look like lightweights! Barries' tale takes you through the ups and downs of a rugby player and how he made it to the top to become one of the best known players in the modern era. If your kid plays rugby league, get them to read this book so they know what they have to do to make it in a hard game!
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5.0 out of 5 stars mad barrie fan 3 July 2009
Format:Paperback
Just the right present for a mad barrie fan like my husband. Informative, funny and very entertaining. A great holiday read.
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