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Entertaining and honest account of the man and his achievements
on 23 October 2009
I got this book having bought it at a book signing in Limerick a week ago. Obviously I'm a fan of the man however the book was a real treat whether you are a rugby fan or not.
To most people, the author is the passionate rugby coach seen on the various Lions videos who has the knowledge and experience to get the best from his players. In his own words you get to see how he develops his coaching techniques and theories over the years. He writes with a very good style that is as accessable as his speeches.
His triumph is his ability to describe tense matches in a thrilling way, especially his account of the Lions tour of 1997 and more recently 2009. I was at the 2009 2nd test and it was a pleasure to read what he was thinking during and after that game. He pulls no punches regarding his comments on the 2005 Tour, and all I can say is that a certain spin doctor at the time is shown up for what he is. He is also firm in his conviction about what a Lions Tour is all about, the bond, the tradition, the teamwork. He always strives to get this right and has it as a precondition of the Tour.
The book is honest on his personal life too, and his comments about how Rugby has affected his family and his finances in the past are similar to what other 'old timers' from the amateur era have said. Needless to say, he owes Rugby nothing and if, as he claims, never coaches the Lions again, well this book is a fitting account of all his achievements, about which he is quick to share the glory.