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Richie McCaw
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3 Oct 2013

Richie McCaw, Rugby World Cup winning captain and the New Zealand All Black's most capped player of all time, is unquestionably the greatest player of his generation. He is arguably the most talented player of all time.

In his bestselling autobiography, McCaw talks with brutal honesty about the roots of his family life that defined his character and how it gave him the strength to emerge from the lowest moment in his career to lift the Webb Ellis Cup, and become the most successful captain world rugby has ever seen.

As he prepares to become the first captain to successfully defend the World Cup, McCaw has set the standard of what a professional rugby player should be. Hugely popular and respected, his sheer presence means that he is a natural leader both on and off the pitch and his story is not just a brutal account of life on the front line, but an exhilarating portrait of modern rugby.



Product details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd; PB Reissue edition (3 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781310459
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781310458
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13.7 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 123,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'McCaw's book offers an intriguing and unflinching insight into leading the All Blacks in a home World Cup'

(Guardian)

‘Thanks to one of the finer rugby brains of all time and some excellent wording from co-writer Greg McGee, a riveting rugby read it most definitely is.’

(Planet Rugby)

 ‘Beautifully written. Sports bios are usually droll affairs. This one is different.’

(Irish Independent)

‘His story is not just a brutal account of life on the front line, but an exhilarating portrait of modern rugby.’

(News Letter (Belfast))

About the Author

Since RICHIE McCAW's debut in 2001 the All Blacks have won seven Tri Nations titles, completed three successful Grand Slam tours and won the Bledisloe Cup eight times as well as the 2011 Rugby World Cup. He is the All Blacks most capped player of all time and has been named the International Rugby Board (IRB) Player of the Year a record three times.


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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book by brilliant player 25 Nov 2012
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Richie McCaw has something to say about modern rugby and his role in it. This is not a canned autobiography but a book about someone who thinks deeply about his sport and gives us huge insight into the game. Very hard to put down and lavishly presented. One of the best sports books produced.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why aren't all sports biographies like this? 22 Nov 2012
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Books by sportsmen and women are usually so bland, full of cliches and contain hardly any surprises but what is so great about this book is the authentic voice that comes off every page. It feels as if his thoughts had been recorded directly onto tape throughout the period covered and then tidied up for the book. If you're a rugby fan there is much to learn about how the team operates with valuable insights into training, planning and performance but the drama of the two Rugby World Cups portrays the pressure, tension, hope and anxiety of a captain and a team desperate to win the cup in New Zealand for it's people.
It would be a good read if that's all you get but Richie has a life outside rugby and there's stirring stuff about gliding over some of South Island's wilder and most beautiful areas - clearly his passion when he's away from rugby. I thoroughly recommend it; you come away feeling that you've just had a long conversation with a remarkable and very likeable man.
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3.0 out of 5 stars expectations definitely not met 16 Nov 2013
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Not the read I was expecting. If I wanted a full blow by blow of certain games I would have got the deaf persons guide to the games played on the tele. I would have liked to read more about his childhood and other experiences. This book however did change my view on Graham Henry and as such look forward to reading his book. Would only recommend this book if you fancy reading the scripts of certain games.
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3.0 out of 5 stars McCaw deserves much better 30 Aug 2013
By topant1
Format:Hardcover
Such a great player deserves a far, far better autobiography. At the end of the book, I still had no idea what makes him one of rugby's all time greats. Where were the insights on his technique? What about his training regime? And where were the observations on the major battles he faced on the field? The book is so littered with dense match reports from irrelevant games that the book misses its key objective of providing any valuable new commentary on the great man. I've been well educated about his gliding career, but little else.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Sports Biography 17 Dec 2012
By Aruna
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This is one of the best autobiographies of a sports person I have read. It gives an in depth insight into the life and mentality of one of the game's greatest exponents. RMC comes across as a driven personality, who expects the highest standards for himself and those he leads. The detailed descriptions of some of the most significant games he has been involved in (especially the 2007 QF and 2011 Final), is remarkable. As someone who went through the emotional roller coaster of those two games in particular, this book "completed" the picture. The book is written in a time line that makes it very readable. The intricate planning, the execution of strategies and the physiological impact on players are narrated in such a personal way, the reader is enraptured as well as far better informed of the pressures and toll the game takes on its players.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars not an autobiography 16 Jan 2013
Format:Hardcover
If you are looking for the richie mcaw autobiography it hasn't come out yet. If you want to read about the ELV's and every game he played from 2007 to winning the world cup this is the book for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Richie lays in all on the line! 2 April 2014
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Fascinating read into the mind of Richie McCaw - good to see he plays the bagpipes and has some Scottish roots (me being a Scottish fan of the All Blacks and all). Perfect formatting for Kindle too, with nice short chapters and great pics. An easy 5/5. Well done Richie. Sweet as bro'!
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5.0 out of 5 stars very very good 17 Mar 2014
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I would only recommend this book to rugby fans as you wouldn't understand the whole book.All in all this book will take some stopping.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Rugby bok
Hi there, a good read, as good as some of the books of the sixties and seventies, a well written book about a modern rugby legend, shades of Dai Mrris.
Published 1 month ago by Steven davies
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and insightful
Fantastic book giving an insight into the life of a rugby great.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Richie and how he got where he is. Brilliant guy
Published 2 months ago by Megan McBurnie
4.0 out of 5 stars Something missing...
There's much to enjoy about this book in terms of the writing style, presentation and how it focuses on the key moments of McCaw's career without dwelling on a chronological... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Neil C
5.0 out of 5 stars The power of goal setting
Inspirational book for any young player particularly the goal setting story that is the best example of the power of 'beginning with the end in mind' I know of.
Published 2 months ago by A. J. King
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read
It is gripping, exciting and every rugby players dream to look up to a sensational player like this world class flanker!
Published 3 months ago by Jovan
3.0 out of 5 stars Dog Lover
Richie "Offsides" Macaw as I like to call him, has played for years all over the world and I was really looking forward to reading his story. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Andries Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable
Really enjoyed this book and I class it as a must read for any sports fans. It details the dedication and passion needed to captain the greatest team in the world. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Twiggles
5.0 out of 5 stars The best autobography
You can see why the All Blacks are so successful/ Will someone take up the challenge in the Northern Hemisphere?
Published 3 months ago by Gregory Kent
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read.
Bought this book for my husband to read. (he never picks a book up) He was lost in it every minute he had. Read in 3 days he loved every word!!!!!! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jean Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars great hard hitting read
What a terrific read, full of the smell of the sweat, pain and turf do the RWC 2007. Richie's book is a must on the mindset needed in the modern international game.
Published 3 months ago by Richard M
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