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Made for Rugby: The Autobiography Paperback – Unabridged, 21 Oct 2005

4.7 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Unabridged edition (21 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330419811
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330419819
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 2.5 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 313,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Barrie McDermott played first for Oldham then joined Wigan in 1994, becoming a core member of the most successful Rugby League side of all time. He now plays for Leeds Rhinos as well as the Great Britain team.

Barrie McDermott played first for Oldham then joined Wigan in 1994, becoming a core member of the most successful Rugby League side of all time. He now plays for Leeds Rhinos as well as the Great Britain team.

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Great book great player
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By A Customer on 28 Oct. 2004
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I can only describe this book as to be one of the most honest and truthful autobiographies I have read in a long time. Funny in places, Barrie's book is well written and very difficult to put down once you have started it. A great read for Leeds Rhinos fan, and for for all other Rugby League fans.
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You could enjoy reading this book if you knew nothing about Rugby League, if you are a Rugby League fan then it's a must buy. Barrie McDermott has always given 100% to every club he's played for and gives 100% here. Read it and laugh..........
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I always thought of Barrie McDermott as a kind of ultimate rugby player, larger than life in every sense. This book is both an entertaining and sensitive testimony to a season in life that is over all too quickly - no one could justify the title better, even more so with the personal disadvantage he has had to overcome.
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By A Customer on 13 Jan. 2006
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If you are into Rugby League this is a great book. It gives a great insight into the life of a rugby player (especially one like Barry Mac)
Hilarious in places. Worth a purchase any day
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BRILL! This story about a legend of rugby league makes all the others look like lightweights! Barries' tale takes you through the ups and downs of a rugby player and how he made it to the top to become one of the best known players in the modern era. If your kid plays rugby league, get them to read this book so they know what they have to do to make it in a hard game!
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Well whatever was in this book was going to have SOME people fawning over it. Such is the mind of the sports fanatic who won't hear a word against "their team", "their captain", etc.

I had no such background. I watch sports but I don't "support" any team, in any sport. I went in unbiased, and decided to read this book purely as tale of someone overcoming a disability (his lost eye). How ironic then that it was such an "eye opener!"

I waded through the macho posturing about being "hard" (zzz....) but he crossed the line too may times. Pure thuggery showed its head once too often for me. There's no way he could have got away without mentioning some of his shameful exploits, but no euphemisms could disguise plain and simple yobbish behaviour. And to play down a homophobic incident by blaming it on alcohol is NEVER an excuse. We had the "good family man" cliches (religious even, ha!) but I ended up having lost any sympathy I had at the start.

I admit the whole story was very well-written and structured, (down to the co-author, I'd wager), but when all was said and done, there was just one thing that put it all into perspective for me, i.e. when he went on about being superstitious and refusing to wear a jersey with a certain number on it. I'm sorry, but any grown man who would dare admit to such utter nonsense is not "hard" in my book!
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Just the right present for a mad barrie fan like my husband. Informative, funny and very entertaining. A great holiday read.
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