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Pride Restored: The Inside Story of the Lions in South Africa 2009 [Hardcover]

Mick Cleary , Ian Robertson
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Book Description

6 Aug 2009
This inside story of the Lions in South Africa will preserve the memories of the millions of fans who follow the tour in the press, on Sky and at the games themselves. A Lions tour is the pinnacle in the career of any rugby player from the four Home Unions. It is also increasingly a highlight in the life of the vast number of travelling supporters and indeed of any rugby follower. The "Complete Book of the Lions Tour to South Africa 2009" will be an enduring record of what is bound to be an outstanding, sometimes controversial and always absorbing six weeks of rugby history, from the first match on 30th May to the third, and final, Test against the Springboks on 4th July. "The Complete Book of the Lions Tour to South Africa 2009" will recall every aspect of the tour from selection and preparation, through the early bruising encounters in the warm-up games, the high points and the low, the constant battle against injuries, the mind games and the man management, the individual successes and disappointments, gruelling training sessions and lighter moments off the field but most of all the Test series itself. The BBC's voice of rugby Ian Robertson masterminds the book as its editor and will provide comments and interviews with all the key figures on both sides. Mick Cleary's perceptive writing will throw much light on the atmosphere within the South African and Lions camps throughout the tour, examining tactics, game plans in practice on the field, individual players within the squads, including Ronan O'Gara, Brian O'Driscoll and Phil Vickery, and the leadership of Lions captain Paul O'Connell.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Corinthian (6 Aug 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906850097
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906850098
  • Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 19.2 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 510,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ian Robertson is the BBC Rugby Correspondent and a former Scottish international fly half. He has edited books on the last four Lions tours and five Rugby World Cups, most recently Heroes and Heartbreak: Rugby World Cup 2007. Mick Cleary is rugby correspondent of The Daily Telegraph and co-editor of the International Rugby Yearbook. He has authored a number of rugby titles including Wounded Pride: The Official Book of the Lions in Australia 2001 and Heroes All: The Official Book of the Lions in South Africa 1997.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Pride Restored 1 Sep 2009
The production values are very good, but the content is a bit thin. I would've liked to have read more players' interviews; I don't feel I learned any more, from reading this book, than I did by watching Sky Sports. This was disappointing, because the 2005 Lions' book was a really good read.
Great photos, though.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
If you ever go on a Lions tour to South Afirca, you never want it to finish, but sadly they always do
This book however relives the process from tour party announcement to the final test with clarity and emotion felt only by those managing, coaching, playing or watching - all of which form a special part of this book
Thoroughly enjoyable and real life descriptio of the 2009 tour to South Africa
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lions 2009 14 July 2013
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Good coverage of the 2009 Tour to South Africa. Excellent photographs. Good respected Rugby writer. One for the home library.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read 17 Mar 2013
By Ken
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As I was in South Africa following this tour I thought this would be a good inside version of what you don't see from the terraces. Want disappointed!
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