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15-11-2017, 23:24   #16
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It has been mentioned by a few already but Matt Hampson has got to be next on your list. I read it when I was 17 and was like wow this is good. I gave it to my dad recently who will happily admit he doesn't know one end of a rugby ball to another but he read this book in a weekend and was like "that is the best biography I have read".

O'Connell's is a nice read and has a good pace but you have got to get the Hampson one.
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Paul Kimmage wrote Hampson's and no matter what you think of him, the guy can write.
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Originally Posted by kuang1 View Post
Have to disagree.
Full of anecdotes sure, but funny? I don't think I laughed once.
Twas like every story had no punchline.
I haven't and wouldn't recommend it.

Edit: apologies...tbf you never said funny.
Yeah it didn't have me laughing my hole off or anything, I just thought it was a nice low maintenance book that showed a different side of professional rugby.

Don't think it would win any awards but there's worse books
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Off the top of my head I've read:

BOD - Boring. We had a big match at the weekend. I trained hard. I had eggs for breakfast that morning. We won the game. Training was fun. It read like a book written by someone who didn't want to give anything away that would hurt his media career. Nothing juicy in it.

ROG - similar to BOD but a bit better.

Sexton - dull. Not sure if he has a more recent book out but the one I read only covered like 1 season (the one before the Australia Lions tour) and for a book with such a limited time span he didn't really say much.

Ferris - good book, some controversial stuff in there.

POC- can't remember too much, but I think it was pretty good.

I would say Ferris' book is probably the best I've read in terms of juicy bits and a willingness to criticise.
Reading Heaslips book now. Definitely the most egotistical sporting biography I’ve ever read. He has a very high opinion of himself.
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I think I'll get Schmidt's book when its out. I used to hang on his every word when he was the Leinster coach.
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Amount of riding Ferris and SOB did in Oz eh!
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