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  • Published: 6 October 2016
  • ISBN: 9780141956312
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook

The Battle




The revelatory autobiography of a rugby colossus: Paul O'Connell
There has never been a rugby player quite like Paul O'Connell. He is synonymous with passion, heart and determination; but 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.
'This is one of the great players of history ...a sportsman for all ages' Stephen Jones, Sunday Times
'He's probably the best player I've played against in my career' Victor Matfield
%%%The revelatory autobiography of a rugby colossus: Paul O'Connell
There has never been a rugby player quite like Paul O'Connell. He is synonymous with passion, heart and determination; but 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.
'Excellent ... [an] eye-opening account of the never-ending battles he fought' Rugby World
'This is one of the great players of history ...a sportsman for all ages' Stephen Jones, Sunday Times
'He's probably the best player I've played against in my career' Victor Matfield
'A fantastic book' Sean O'Rourke, RTE Radio One
%%%There has never been a rugby player quite like Paul O'Connell. His name is synonymous with passion, heart and determination. But 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 retain the Six Nations championship, O'Connell became the most beloved and respected of the golden generation of Irish rugby players - and was widely regarded as one of the very best players in the world. There was nothing inevitable - or even likely - about any of this, and in an autobiography as intense and thoughtful as its author, O'Connell explores the forces and struggles that turned him into the player and leader that he became. The Battle is a book for everyone who wants to understand the roots of achievement and the inner world of an elite sportsman. It will take its place alongside the very finest sports books of recent years.
%%%The revelatory autobiography of a rugby colossus: Paul O'Connell
There has never been a rugby player quite like Paul O'Connell. He is synonymous with passion, heart and determination; but 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.
'The years of O'Connell and O'Driscoll were as close to a golden age as ever Ireland will get and O'Connell's booktells 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
'I found The Battle entrancing' Stephen Jones, Sunday Times
'Excellent ... [an] eye-opening account of the never-ending battles he fought' Rugby World
'A fascinating insight into w

  • Pub date: 6 October 2016
  • ISBN: 9780141956312
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook

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