This arrived yesterday and it is compelling reading Inspirational is a very over used word but this book really is just that Sam Warburton s honesty is to be commended, and everyone, not just rugby fans,, should read this Thought provoking and well written a winner.
If you love rugby you should read this, its insightful and intense I can t put it down even at midnight when I know I want to be up at 5am for a morning packed Rugby World Cup fixtures It really gives a good luck at how great rugby players think and feel, all the emotion raw and nothing is held back.
I really enjoyed the book Its different as autobiographies go an interesting layout.
Its brutally honest and I can fully understand why Gatland always wanted him on the pitch even when he wasn t 100% At his best he was up there with McCaw and Pocock Sadly injuries brought his career to a premature end When fully fit he was irreplaceable.
If the chips were down he s the guy I would want behind me The guy is a true warrior.
I m evenimpressed with SW after reading this.
Half way through and not sure I will finish this It s just not that interesting.
It neither gives an incite into being a pro Rugby player nor provides any humour and therefore not interesting or amusing.
The main chapters are written in diary mode with just one match after another and it becomes tedious.
Such a shame have been looking forward to reading this for ages I hope the timing of the release didn t impact the quality.
A real insight in to the pro era of sport Makes me feel a bit sad almost that a career was so driven to the point of despair Well written, feels like it s him talking which makes it interesting Will be intriguing to see how he gets on with coaching and having to take a step back from being able to control the outcome For a number 7 though gives you the nitty gritty of what you need to achieve at the highest level.
Thoroughly enjoyed this Sam is an all time Wales and Lions great Fantastic insight into his achievements, how he got to the top and the pain and endeavour along the way Best rugby book for a long,long time
A Terrific Book No One Put Their Body On The Line Quite Like Sam Warburton Brian O Driscoll It Was An Absolute Privilege To Play Against Sam An Inspiring Leader With An Equally Inspiring Story To Tell Jonny WilkinsonSam Warburton OBE Was Not Only A Titan Of Welsh Rugby, But An Icon Of The Game Having Represented His Country As A Player And Team Captain At All Junior Levels, He Propelled Himself To International Attention InWhen Named As The Youngest Ever Captain Of Wales For The Rugby World CupDespite His Tender Age, Sam S Immense Displays For Club And Country Were Recognised Still Further In April , When, At Just , He Was Named The Lions Captain For The ExtraordinaryTour To Australia Four Years Later, After A Year In The Wilderness , Sam Was Named Lions Captain Yet Again For The Historic Tour To New Zealand, Thereby Becoming The First Ever Lions Captain Never To Lose A Series In The Professional EraIntelligent, Calm, Thoughtful In Many Ways Seemingly The Exact Opposite Of The Smash And Crash Of Modern Rugby Warburton S Edge Never Came With His Size, But With His Depth Of Thought, His Reading Of Movement, And His Understanding That, To Be A Uniquely Successful Leader, One Needs To Set Goals That Far Exceed The Ambitions Of Even The Most Ferocious Of Opponents In Leading Other Men, And In Pitting Himself Against The World S Best, Warburton Was Forced Repeatedly To Push Himself To The Very Edge Of His Physiological And Mental Limits, TheSignificant Injuries Over That Period A Painful Testament To His SacrificeOpen Side Is Therefore Not Simply A Chronology Of Events Or A Celebration Of Statistics Written In A Compelling But Soul Searching Style, This Is An Astoundingly Personal Book Exploring The Nature Of Leadership, The Value Of Self Control, The Precision Of Mindset And Of Course The Future Of The Game It Is Also A Deeply Personal Meditation On The Sacrifice Of Body, The Torment Of Injury And The Pain Of Retirement, A Decision Sam Was Forced To Make In July , At JustYears Old Never Before Has A Rugby Autobiography Given Such Intimate Access Not Only To The Realities Of The Dressing Room And The Heroes And Villains Of The Modern Game, But To The Unique Mindset Required To Make Someone A Genuinely Great Leader Of Men