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Matt Dawson: Nine Lives [Kindle Edition]

Matt Dawson
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The most capped England rugby scrum-half of all time, a captain of his country, and a two-times British Lions tourist, Matt Dawson’s career story is a colourful tale spiced with controversy, from club rugby at Northampton to England winning the Rugby World Cup in Australia.

The boy from Birkenhead learnt the game the hard way, working as a security guard and an advertising salesman in his formative years, in the days when rugby players found relief in an active and alcoholic social life. (Dawson: ‘The drinking started on Saturday night, continued all Sunday and most nights until Thursday.’)

Despite the frequent visits to the operating theatre and the physio’s table, hard graft for his club Northampton eventually heralded international recognition. Dawson talks about the influential, and occasional obstructive figures in his blossoming career: the likes of John Olver, Will Carling, Ian McGeechan and, more recently, Wayne Shelford, Kyran Bracken and Clive Woodward.

In typically opinionated mode, he also reflects on the successes and failures of the England team and, famously, the Lions in Australia in 2001. After speaking out against punishing schedules, disenchanted players and lack of management support in a tour diary article, Dawson was almost sent home in disgrace. He revisits that bitterly disappointing period in his life and is still not afraid to point out where everything went wrong.

Following England’s Rugby World Cup 2003 success, Dawson provides a first-hand account of all the dressing room drama – including a troubled Jonny Wilkinson – and the memorable final itself, followed by the stunning reaction to this historic win back home. And in a new updated chapter for this paperback edition, he reveals how the World Champions have overcome the retirement of key players, reviews the 2004 Six Nations, and looks at his own future in the game.

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‘A fine attempt to unravel one of rugby’s most complicated yet mercurial talents’ Sunday Times

‘Plenty of emotion, plenty of controversy’ The Times

About the Author

Matt Dawson was born in Birkenhead in October 1972. A right-back for Chelsea Boys and a wicketkeeper for Buckinghamshire, Dawson made his international rugby debut for England in 1995 alongside his professional career as a teacher. He went on to become the most capped scrum-half of all time for his country.

Alex Spink is the rugby correspondent of the Mirror, having previously worked for Today and the Express. He was Editor of the Rugby Union Who’s Who for 15 years and has co-authored a book with Austin Healey on the 2001 Lions Tour of Australia.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2468 KB
  • Print Length: 434 pages
  • Publisher: Willow (29 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007JE8CM8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #36,237 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a read 30 Mar. 2006
A excellent book which gave a good insight into the life of one of Englands more outspoken players.Matt writes this book with the passion he plays his rugby and after reading a number of autobiographies I feel this is one of the best.It is written in a easy reading style and to be honest a total compulsive read.It will I am sure have silenced some of his critics and it gives a good insight into how the media can hound and possibly destroy a repitation of an outstanding player.Well worth buying ,just ensure you allow your self time to sit and read because once you start you wont want to stop.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nine lives? Miaow... 18 April 2006
An interesting insight into the mind of an undoubtedly good rugby player - but it comes across as rather self pitying. Dawson spends a large proportion of the book feeling sorry for himself and bitching about coaches and other players. It had potential to be a very exciting, inciteful autobiography but end up rather disappointing. Nevertheless it is still a worthwhile read - Dawson was in the England side for all its recent highs and lows and certainly offers a unique viewpoint
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5.0 out of 5 stars Daws 14 Aug. 2013
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I have just finished reading Phil Vickery, and was looking for something else around rugby. This came up and I have started to read Nine Lives. It is very good and easy to read. I have not finished reading it, but what I have read it is very good. I would recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great read 19 Jan. 2014
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Great read, Matt comes across as honest and passionate about his time in rugby, his love of the game loyalty to his team and country
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