The battle paul o connell review
The Battle by Paul OConnellThere has never been a rugby player quite like Paul OConnell. His name is synonymous with passion, heart and determination. But he is also the thinking mans 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, OConnell 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, OConnell 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.
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The no-holds-barred approach that served the Munster and Ireland icon's career so well is brought to the pages of his memoir, without demystifying his legendary status. There were times when you could've strangled Paul O'Connell for his lack of elation after a win. Sexton, O'Connell and Ferris had led a demolition of the Southern Hemisphere hotshots, resulting in a welcome quarter-final draw against more familiar foes Wales. When interviewed at full-time, O'Connell's only emotion was a bewildered frown, a shrug and something about the team just playing to its potential. For those who have tracked the fortunes of the granite-jawed Limerick colossus throughout his career, an inner struggle was always detectable. So would this feverishly anticipated biography be something of an anti-climax?
I finally had the chance over the last couple of weeks at lunch time. Anyone who has watched Paul play for Munster or Ireland might assume the name represents the battle of playing rugby. Two teams battling it out for supremacy is the definition of a battle. Young Paul was an astute swimmer as a boy. When he was no longer the number one swimmer, he decided it was time to move on to golf but was never able to get his handicap where he wanted it.
Published on December 13th, by Tom Ballard. He was a die-hard second row forward, putting his heart into every tackle and getting stuck in at most of the breakdowns. He finally retired at the age of 35 in , after an illustrious year career with Munster, his home province. Having played rugby for 10 years myself, I was keen to learn about his experiences playing the game at the top level, and this frank and honest memoir explains just how brutal rugby can be — not only physically, but mentally as well. He wanted to be the best, and he wanted to be in peak physical condition whenever he played. He recalls how, after years of doing it, he took the big decision to quit whilst swimming, a passage which resonated with me about my own childhood experience of playing sport.
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He is synonymous with passion, heart and determination; but he is also the thinking man' s rugby player, a legendary student of the game. Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read The Battle. No need to say that I bought the book the day it came out - and I' ve enjoyed every last page. If you like, you can change the digest interval below. I' ve seen him play many times, for Munster and Ireland, and even said hello to him a few times. Our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and.