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The Bull: My Story [Kindle Edition]

John Hayes
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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John 'The Bull' Hayes is an Irish rugby legend. Keith Wood calls him a 'rugby giant', Donncha O'Callaghan calls him 'the heart and soul of the team', but Hayes is adored as much for his down-to-earth personality and background as his legendary status on the pitch. The phenomenon that is The Bull grew up in GAA farming heartland and was a late recruit to the game, only picking up a rugby ball at the age of 18. His determination on the pitch and passion for the shirt comes through in many a tale of graft and glory in the front row. Hayes relates his story of over 100 caps for his country, including four Triple Crowns and a glorious Grand Slam in 2009. Two Heineken Cup-winning campaigns gild an incredible career of over 200 games for Munster. This is the story of a giant of a man, and a rugby legend who is of the people.


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About the Author

John Hayes was born in Cappamore, Co. Limerick in 1973. He joined Bruff Rugby Club at the age of 18 and after learning his trade as a prop at Shannon and Munster, made his first international appearance in February 2000 against Scotland. Hayes went on to have a record-making career for Munster and Ireland. He is the most capped Irish forward of all time and 12th most capped player in the world. He has also played over 200 games for Munster, winning the Heineken Cup with them twice in 2006 and 2008. Hayes has been on two Lions tours and he won the Six Nations Grand slam with Ireland in 2009.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1816 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (27 Sept. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007IL54BY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #205,552 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read 2 April 2013
Format:Hardcover
I've read a fair amount of rugby biographies and autobiographies over the past few years. As a rugby fan this book really appealed to me, so if you are not a rugby fan, then you may not see the appeal of reading this book. It's not a warts and all type of sports book, John Hayes' career was a blessed one with no controvisy to speak of. So, this book is more of a memoir of John's career from his background in the GAA right up to his involvement with Munster, Ireland and the British and Irish Lions. The main memory that this book left me with was a sense of getting to know John Hayes on a personal level, he comes across as such a sincere and honest man, who, genuinely just loved playing rugby and he recognises how lucky he was to have had the opportunity to play at such a high level.

To put it in context for you. I've read the following rugby biographies, autobiographies and general books:

Eddie O' Sullivan: Never Die Wondering
Brian O' Driscoll: In BOD We Trust
Anthony Foley: Axel
Jonny Wilkinson: Jonny: My Autobiography
From There to Here (A history of Irish rugby)
Ronan O' Gara: My Autobiography
John Hayes: The Bull

Out of that list I would rank John Hayes' book third.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Easy read 25 Feb. 2013
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Have to say I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is an easy read. Hayes comes across as such a gentleman. It gives good insight to the life of a rugby player. It also is incredible to think how late Hayes took up the sport & how successful he became.
Really recommend for anyone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 27 Feb. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Great to get the inside story on Munster and Ireland in the naughties. Enjoyed it great humour and great writing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 21 May 2014
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This is an excellent book which provides an insight into the sport of professional rugby. John Hayes is a true role model.
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4.0 out of 5 stars No fuss book, like the man himself. 31 Dec. 2013
By Derrei
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Anyone that has followed rugby, especially Munster and Irish fans, will most likely know what to expect from this book.
Like John, it is humble, honest and self-depreciating with some excellent inside stories. In fairness, he does not veer too far into the controversial and is careful not to cross the line by saying too much. Although, not unexpected, I would have liked some more detail on the issues during the World Cup for the Irish team, who imploded spectacularly during that competition. That is my only criticism and if you are looking for something, other than what has already been reported, then this book will not provide. However, as rugby fan I have no doubt that you will enjoy his journey.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Big man from Bruff !! 4 April 2013
By mccoy
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This is a very good story of a humble man who made good and who never lost contract with his roots. Very enjoyable for those with an interest in Irish sport
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read 20 Nov. 2013
By Rygs
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Thoroughly enjoyed this book. I'm a rugby fan but not obsessively so wasn't sure that I'd enjoy it as much as I did. The book is quite detailed with regard to matches played but is genuinely interesting. It's a great insight into The game & John Hayes himself. A good read!
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