The Battle

The Battle

Non-Fiction, Sport, Rugby
Paperback Published on: 04/05/2017
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Synopsis

There has, perhaps, never been a rugby player quite like Paul O'Connell. Synonymous with passion, heart and determination, he is also the thinking man's rugby player, a legendary student of the game.

As the heartbeat of Munster, British and Irish Lions captain in 2009, and captain of the first Ireland team to defend a Six Nations championship, O'Connell has emerged as perhaps the most beloved of the golden generation of Irish rugby players. In an autobiography as intense as its author, he tells the story of his remarkable career.

Considering how much O'Connell achieved, it is incredible to learn he only really began playing rugby at the age of 16. He made his debut for Munster in 2001 and a year later donned the green shirt of the Irish national team. He was to appear 108 times, making him the 3rd most capped player in Irish rugby history.

'The years of O'Connell and O'Driscoll were as close to a golden age as ever Ireland will get and O'Connell's book tells you how it all happened ...It should be mandatory for every Irish squad member to read O'Connell's book to better understand what it takes to make a team'
David Walsh, Sunday Times
'O'Connell has emptied the tank here...What has come out ...is a psychological profile that is almost shocking at times in what it reveals about the bloody single-mindedness of the competitive gene'
Hilary A. White, Irish Independent

'The intense physicality of his rugby upbringing is an abiding theme ...along with humour, the craic and an extensive knowledge of how teams work'
Paul Hayward, Daily Telegraph

'I found The Battle entrancing'
Stephen Jones, Sunday Times

'Excellent ...[an] eye-opening account of the never-ending battles he fought' Rugby World

'Revelatory ...Unflinchingly charts his personal evolution ...He is not at all easy on himself'
Keith Duggan, Irish Times

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780141047409
  • Number of pages: 432
  • Weight: 360g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 128 x 34 mm

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