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Hard Men of Rugby


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Foreword by Nigel Owens Introduction Paddy Mayne Brian Lima Wayne Shelford Bobby Windsor Colin Meads Jerry Collins Norm Hadley David Bedell-Sivright Scott Gibbs Gerard Cholley Trevor Brennan Wade Dooley Bakkies Botha Tomas Lavanini Jacques Burger Armand Vaquerin Martin Johnson Brian Thomas Sebastien Chabal Weary Dunlop Author acknowledgements Bibliography Notes

About the Author

Born and bred in South Wales, Luke Upton's first job was selling match-day lottery tickets for Swansea RFC. He now lives in London, where after working in the sports industry for five years, he is now a business journalist. He co-runs @NotGavHenson, the spoof rugby account on Twitter now regularly amusing over 41,000 followers, and is the author of hilarious satirical rugby novel 'Absolutely Huge'.


"It's a privilege to be asked by Luke to write the foreword to this lively and engaging book. It's a great selection of players, some of whom I know personally. Others were far less familiar and it was fun getting to know them a little better." - NIGEL OWENS, RUGBY WORLD CUP REFEREE; "I've battled against some of those profiled and heard some amazing stories about many of the others, so I am honoured to be included in Hard Men of Rugby." - BAKKIES BOTHA, FORMER SOUTH AFRICA PLAYER & WORLD CUP WINNER; "It was safer and certainly more fun to read about the Hard Men of Rugby than to play against them! It's like having a few laughs over beers with them in the bar post-match, rather than what would have taken place on the pitch!" - AL CHARRON, FORMER CANADA CAPTAIN & WORLD RUGBY HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE; "I couldn't put the book down. It was great to learn more about some of the hardest men in rugby folklore. And I had the misfortune to play against some of these legends!" - BERNARD JACKMAN, FORMER IRELAND & LEINSTER PLAYER, COACH & COMMENTATOR; "A cracking read, with some great stories about some guys I played with and against. Plus many more I am relieved I never had to face." - LEE BYRNE, FORMER WALES & LIONS PLAYER AND PUNDIT; "I laughed, winced and even found myself moved by this lively and fun rundown of rugby hardmen." - BEN MERCER, FORMER RUGBY PLAYER & AUTHOR OF BEST-SELLING 'FRINGES: LIFE ON THE EDGE OF PROFESSIONAL RUGBY'; "Luke has uncovered some fantastic stories about some of rugby's most renowned characters, and in doing so has brought them vividly to life." - ROSS HARRIES, BROADCAST JOURNALIST & AUTHOR; "Fresh, entertaining, well-researched and full of really fun nuggets." - ROBBIE OWEN / SQUIDGE, YOUTUBER, PODCASTER & WRITER

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