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Geordan Murphy has overwhelming talent and is, without a doubt, one of the best ever rugby union full backs. Geordan has represented both club and Country with a refreshing lack of celebrity and publicity and I've been overwhelmed by his loyalty to Leicester Tigers which has, possibly, been the reason he has worn so few Ireland shirts (should have been many more than 70). He's the consummate rugby professional; makes catching the high ball look graceful, even when being chased down by an eighteen stone prop, has a superb athletic ability, and he can pluck a ball out of the air from any direction with hands that seem to be coated with glue...he doesn't spill it. A tough cookie who doesn't shy away from the hard work, doesn't back down from conflict, even though he's not the biggest player on the field, and that's exactly the vibe throughout The Outsider; Geordan comes across as a confident, honest and ordinary bloke with an extraordinary talent. There are no bragging rights, he keeps it simple, down to earth and tells the story of how he managed to prove himself against the odds. They really didn't think he was good enough at the start of his playing career but; he used his passion for the game to break through and prove them wrong. The Outsider is witty in a dry and subdued manner, packed with rugby anecdotes and, although you get an insight into the game, this is much more Geordan's personal story than it is a look at the sport in general and I enjoyed the intelligent, thoughtful way in which it's been written. Not overly long, easy to read, and a must for both Ireland and Tigers supporters.
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on 23 September 2012
The book is a good insight into the backroom goings on at welford rd and the irish settup. A good read for any fan of the game. particularly intresting to learn about the treatment and restrictions placed on him by the irish setup. learnt more about Eddie o'sullivan and declan kidney than in the many articles read over the years.
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on 20 October 2012
A great book from a player dedicated to his team and puts his body on the line time after time to achieve the best, and set an example to other players young and old to respect and work hard to be one of Leicester Tigers first names on the team sheet.
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on 13 March 2013
This book was bought as a present for a family friend who thoroughly enjoyed reading it,the fact she admires Geordan Murphy helps.
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on 15 March 2013
Excellent, Mr EOS isn't his favourite person. Leicester Lad hope gets to hang a round for another year. Should write a coaching book next.
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on 7 September 2012
During the past fifteen years, Geordan Murphy has served his club, country and sport with considerable distinction. He has established his name among the long list of sporting greats produced and/or nurtured in Leicester, winning a host of medals and playing a role (albeit peripheral) in Ireland's first-ever Six Nations grand slam in 2009.

However, as Murphy details in this book, those achievements have come at a cost, with several serious injuries sustained during his career, combined with - and maybe contributing to - upheavals in his personal life. He also considers whether his international career may have been hampered by his loyalty to his club. As a Tigers fan, I would argue that the coaching staff and team-mates at Welford Road were pivotal in helping him reach legendary status. But others, especially in Ireland, may choose to take a different view.

There have been several outstanding autobiographies by former Leicester players in recent years - those by Austin Healey and the ill-fated Matt Hampson spring readily to mind. Murphy's attempts to match them fall (unlike most of his goal-kicking) slightly short. Much of the structure of the book, in which his early career path is interspersed with preparations for the 2011 World Cup, is slightly disconcerting. In addition, while he dwells at some length (and understandably so) on his side's two European Cup victories, he is rather more dismissive of some of their more recent triumphs - especially the 2010 Premiership title, which some readers may find disappointing. The services of a professional writer as a collaborator/ghost-writer in the production of the book might have proved to have been of assistance.

Nevertheless, this book is recommended for all rugby fans, whichever team they follow, as an insight into the mindset of a professional player at the highest levels of the game.
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on 7 August 2013
Excellent book best sports biography I have read really gives a good insight into trials and tribulations of his career also very informative and gives an honest opinion on collegurs and managers
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on 26 October 2015
There are a lot of 'marriage problems' between a player and their coach/manager in many sporting squads, but this book outlines without holding back the breakdown in the relationship between Geordan Murphy and Eddie O'Sullivan. They just didn't click, and Eddie held the power because he picked the team and his subtle digs in the media after matches fuelled the fire. Geordan was used to being the hero at Leicester, and had to get used to getting his wings clipped with Ireland in these circumstances. In the end by his own admission, he became immune. Well worth reading for the Eddie O'Sullivan stuff alone!!
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on 28 October 2013
I'm biased as I am a fan of both Leicester Tigers and most definately Geordan Murphy. It was a good read, on par with other books from former Tigers players such as Lewis Moody and Austin Healey. However I did have to go back on a few pages/chapters to just remind myself what year he was talking about as it seemed he flitted randomly across all his pro years for Ireland and Tigers. I suppose this is how he was when he played as no one knew what he was going to do next! A good read nonetheless, a very gifted career and likeable guy.
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on 23 May 2013
It is a fantastic book with all the details of his life. If you like rugby you will love this book.
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