A tale of triumphs, heartaches and broken promises, ‘The Death of Rugby’ tells the story of one of English rugby’s most decorated players, Neil Back MBE.
Taking in everything from the infamous ‘Hand of Back’ incident during Leicester Tigers’ European Cup victory over Munster, to the historic 2003 World Cup triumph with England, the book features a foreword by Martin Johnson, with contributions from Jonny Wilkinson, Sir Clive Woodward and Lawrence Dallaglio.
The Death of Rugby is Neil’s second autobiography, with Size Doesn’t Matter: My Rugby Life released in 2001. A lot has happened since then, from the highs of the World Cup and Grand Slam glory, to the lows of a disastrous Lions tour of New Zealand in 2005 following on to his recruitment by The Rugby Football Club, whose owner Michael Aland left Neil and his colleagues having to walk away, despite an unbeaten season, and a league and cup double.
Written by Neil with Oporto Sports' communications director, Dean Eldredge, Neil deals with the adjustment from professional sportsman into family and regular working life, despite a critical illness in 2013, which has shaped his perspective on life.
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