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A dull read,
This review is from: A Year in the Centre (Paperback)
Brian O'Driscoll is probably the greatest outside-centre in world rugby today, and undoubtedly has ability as a team leader.
However, this book left me with the impression that he's a boring bloke with very little of interest to say.
His occasional columns in The Observer newspaper are inoffensive and never say anything that isn't blindingly obvious, and he transfers this style to this book.
He heaps praise on everyone apart from Tana Umanga and Keven Mealamu (for obvious reasons), and is sycophantic towards the likes of Clive Woodward becomes silly after a while.
He doesn't talk about his very obvious rift with Gavin Henson (which erupted during the period covered in the book).
The only person he DOES criticise in any depth is Declan Kidney, who is now his coach at Ireland and led them to the Grand Slam in 2009! Ridiculous!
I ended this book feeling I had learnt very little I didn't already know, and that he was ultimately a very dull man to be around.
I much preferred Marcus Stead's book, 'In BOD We Trust', which, although contains a few too many match reports for some people's lining, nevertheless tells us something about some of the characters and people that have helped shaped his life.