Top positive review
on 21 August 2008
This is a very interesting read. Unusually for a biography it does not follow the life and actions of its subject but its more concerned with the thoughts of its subject on the game of rugby, drawing on the experiences of the author in forming those opinions. While this approach is unusual, and may even be a little disappointing for the rugby fan who wishes to have a blow-by-blow account of Gareth Edwards' many fine moments for Cardiff, Wales and the British Lions, there can be little complaint at such a well-written and well-argued set of opinions on the modern game. Right from the very beginning where the future popularity of the game is questioned given the interest in other sports and the decline of manual work in Wales and the UK, through his thoughts on wasted opportunities for northern hemisphere and English rugby to an insightful chapter on South African rugby to opinions on the professional game, Gareth Edwards shows himself to be a thoughtful participant and observer in the world of rugby and a person for whom the participation, camaraderie and friendships in the game are defining. This style offers far more insight into the nature of Gareth Edwards than narrative accounts of his great deeds on the field. Most interestingly of all perhaps, this book was written in 1999 yet reading it nearly ten years later removes none of its value.