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I've never been a fan of autobiographies. I've never seen the logic in investing so much time in other people's lives when you could be actively concentrating on improving your own.
Then I read this.
In a day.
Truly 'unputdownable', the book takes you through the pressures of the world cup campaign. With regular one-liners placed in bold at the top of some of the pages, in some ways it reminded me of a tabloid, irony being this is one the JW has actively distanced himself from - and this is emphasised throughout the book.
He speaks of goal setting, the frustrations of injury, his aspirations and his commitment to training. And, being a personal trainer, it's a commitment I've never seen. Indeed, it's a commitment that once saw him kick for five hours straight until he had satisfied his target of 20 kicks in succession from each position without a miss.
He leads us through his rapid ascension to the world of celebrity, through the banter of rugby life and, tentatively, into his own life and inspirations. The quote from Patton is a wonderful insight into the heart of what drives this man.
The sadness is almost palpable as he begins one of the chapters with "I haven't played for England since the World Cup final" but the strength of the man that wrote it is so apparent throughout the book, that one is left in no doubt that if he gets selected and can play, wild horses couldn't stop him.