We love a good book, and what could be a better gift to buy for the Rugby mad fan in your life than one of these new books from some of your favourite Rugby personalities this Christmas!

We have found 5 new books from some of the biggest names including Eddie Jones, Doddie Weir and Warren Gatland, that are out now.




What a Flanker by James Haskell

One of rugby’s most ferocious flankers and biggest characters, James Haskell has had an extraordinary, global experience of the game, having played for the Wasps, Northampton and England, and in New Zealand, France and Japan. After seventeen years and with 77 international caps under his sizeable belt, he has a shitload to say about rugby life – from pitch to pub and everywhere in between.

Buy now on Amazon UK

 

Loose Head: Confessions of an (un)proffessional rugby player by Joe Marler

The hilarious, unfiltered truth about being a rugby player – from the horsey’s mouth.

How to survive the force of 30 car crashes a game

What not to call Eddie Jones

Exposing the secret naked wrestling scene

The ludicrous player who bought a flash car he couldn’t fit his twenty-stone behind into (er…that’ll be me)

This book is not just about how I got back on my horse and went clippity-clop all the way to the World Cup final in Japan.

It’s the story of how a fat kid who had to live up to the nickname Psycho grew up to play (and party) for over a decade with rugby’s greatest pros. From melting opponents in tackles and propping up scrums, to losing blood, sweat and ears in the name of the great sport of rugby.

Buy now on Amazon UK

 

The Hurt by Dylan Hartley

Rugby hurts. It demands mental resilience and resistance to pain. It explores character, beyond a capacity to endure punishment.

Dylan Hartley, one of England’s most successful captains, tells a story of hard men and harsh truths. From the sixteen-year-old Kiwi who travelled alone to England, to the winner of ninety-seven international caps, he describes with brutal clarity the sport’s increasing demand on players and the toll it takes on their mental health, as well as the untimely injury that shattered his dreams of leading England in the 2019 World Cup.

The Hurt is rugby in the raw, a unique insight into the price of sporting obsession.

Buy now on Amazon UK

 

Chasing a Rugby Dream: Book One by James Hook with David Brayley

Small, skinny and short-sighted . . . and dazzlingly talented.

Jimmy Joseph loves rugby. All he dreams about is one day playing for his country in a World Cup, or winning a Test series for the Lions with a last-minute drop-goal. But when he kicks an up-and-under in the schoolyard and accidentally hits the new head of PE, Mr Kane, on the head, he makes a powerful enemy.

Jimmy and his best friends – Matt, Scott and Kitty – try to prove their worth on the rugby field, but to no avail. Mr Kane has it out for them, and he’s being helped by team captain Mike Green, well known as the school bully.

Can Jimmy and his friends overcome the tyranny of Mr Kane and help Mike see the error of his ways? Or will the combination of bullying, pressure and dirty tactics derail the friends’ rugby careers before they have even begun?

An epic new rugby series begins here!

Buy now on Amazon UK

 

Exe Men: The Extraordinary Rise of of the Exeter Chiefs by Rob Kitson

Among the best stories in British team sport over the past decade has been the rise of Exeter Chiefs. How, exactly, did an unfashionable team from Devon emerge from obscurity to conquer the summit of English rugby? What makes them tick? What are their secrets?

Exe Men is a compelling tale of regional pride, fierce rural identity, larger-than-life local heroes, remarkable characters, epic resilience, big city snobbery, geographical separation, steepling ambition and personal sacrifice which will strike a chord with anyone who enjoys a classic underdog story.

This is not just any old rugby book, it is the inside story of how a small-town club from the edge of nowhere became every neutral’s favourite team.

Buy now on Amazon UK

 

Which ever books you buy, I hope you have a great time giving them or reading them this Christmas!

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