I implore you not to buy the book because Lawrence has tainted the way history will view him by his outspoken comments post World Cup - He is selfishly using controversy to promote this book instead of abiding by the unwritten code of ethics in any team - what happens behind closed doors needs to stay there. Obviously he has realised his England career is over so he will not be punished by non selection - but this is just sad grumblings of a faded talent based on him losing out on selection after the poor performance in the USA game. f the truth be told Ashton gave him a chance he did not warrant by taking him to the RWC. LOL is throwing that opportunity back in Ashtons face for a few cheap book promoting headlines. One of the worst things about sport is everyone else can see someone who should have retired much before the player realises it himself. All this is even more amazing when you realise what a reprieve the England RFU gave LOL after his stupid self promoting antics with the News of the World Journo's some time back-- Boycott the book .
Are you actually living in a dream world. If you had read the book properly you would see that at no point did LD mention what was said behind closed doors and admitted he blew his chance in the game against USA. If he had been given the same treatment as Jason Robinson (not been taken to the marines) then maybe things would have been different. I assume you are not a rugby fan as you wouldnt have written what you did when talking about a man who played every single game of the 2003 World Cup and was one of the reasons that we won the World Cup!!
Mr. Hackett, allow people the courtesy of deciding for themselves if they want to buy Lawrence Dallaglio's book. Presumably, you haven't read the book and aren't in much of a position to say whether it is good or bad. What is this nonsense about "the unwritten code of ethics"? It is unwritten because it is unworkable. Even rugby teams operate in a democratic environment and if someone decides to exercise their right to freedom of expression, we respect that, right? Would you, as a potential reader, have preferred Dallaglio to tell lies about the quality of England's preparation for the World Cup? If he had, would you describe that as ethical behaviour towards those who would buy the book? Or would you have preferred that Dallaglio did what a number of players did in the days before and immediately after the final: that is, they anonymously told Paul Ackford of the Sunday Telegraph and Alison Kervin of the Daily Telegraph that the preparation was terrible and that Ashton had lost control. (Check this out on the Telegraph website, same story as Dallaglio only with no names.) As he says in the book, Dallaglio is not for hiding behind the cloak of anonymity. Can I do exactly the opposite to what you've done and advise people to buy the book because I HAVE read it and it is outstanding. For me the key to his honesty in the final chapter is all that went before - considering how open and honest (often in ways that hurt himself) he has been all through the book, how could he suddenly change tack and start offering us platitudes in the final chapter? I, for one, would not have thanked him for that. Read this book and the certainty is that you will not be disappointed.
Thanks Martin. I think your comments are very well thought through and offer a balanced view to my own opinion. You made me re think which is a good sign. I agree people should make their own minds up and perhaps I should concede that reading the book will offer balance against the news / publicity I was reading at the time I made the comment. However I would point out I still believe that LD's lack of anonymity in making his comments had more to with generating book publicity than high moral standards.