Author: Sam Warburton
Brand: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
Number Of Pages: 390
Release Date: 19-09-2019
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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 Wilkinson Sam 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 in 2011 when named as the youngest ever captain of Wales for the Rugby World Cup.Despite his tender age, Sam s immense displays for club and country were recognised still further in April 2013, when, at just 24, he was named the Lions' captain for the extraordinary 2013 tour 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 era.Intelligent, 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, the 21 significant injuries over that period a painful testament to his sacrifice.
Open 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 2018, at just 29 years 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.
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 Wilkinson I'm so accustomed to doing these rugby/football book serialisations and most of the time am left somewhat underwhelmed. But from start to finish I feel Warburton really delivers. Really candid, takes you inside the dressing room, behind the scenes anecdotes few know about and nicely written in chatty fashion. --Head of Sport, WalesOnline
He will go down as one of the great players but an even better captain for his ability to exhort his team-mates to new heights. --Rugby World
An impressive memoir Warburton s account of his career, cut short by persistent injuries at the age of 29, is full of passion and candour and takes the reader right into the dressing room. --The Times
About the Author
Sam Warbuton is acknowledged as one of the best open-side flankers in the world. He made his debut for Wales against the USA in 2009 and captained his country for the first time in June 2011 at the age of 22, becoming the second youngest captain ever to skipper Wales. He led his country to the semi-finals of the World Cup in 2011 and to a triumphant Grand Slam in the Six Nations in 2012. In July 2018, he announced his retirement from rugby union.
Package Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.5 x 1.2 inches