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Honest, fascinating biography - one of the best out there!
on 20 December 2011
One of the finest rugby biographies - honest, frank and full of interesting insights. The more I read thegreater my respect for Jonny became. I was interested to see how vulnerable Jonny was and how much he benefited from the guiding support and deep empathy of family and quality coaches. Jonny is a perfectionist and reading the account is akin to someone diagnosed on the autistic spectrum. Obsessive compulsion(often directed via kicking practice), a desire to make everything right and to take personal blame for things out of control, a strong desire to follow the rules and great stress when others break these, extreme agitation if seemingly minor things go wrong etc. In many ways the biography tells how with the right handling and support of family real potential can be realised. But coaches of young kids beware -there are so many instances where Jonny could have easily failed or people could have given up on him. In many ways it is inspiring to know that someone who has achieved so much in their career was plagued by the kind of self doubt and concerns as the rest of us mortals - but psychologically even worse as Jonny is his own extreme task master and as hard on himself as anyone could be. Very disciplined. Amazing. Great to hear of guys like Neil Back and Mike Catt who generously helped the young Jonny when he was first starting out for the England team.The difference is Jonny kept going, aiming for perfection and achieving his dreams. Basically never give up. After reading this I can not see how anyone dare question Jonny's pride in his country and commitment to professionalism in the recent World Cup. This guy is a real hero and a superb role model for all of us interested in rugby. One day I hope he lends his skills to coaching and management of the England team.Top biography!