Legend The Biography of Brian O Driscoll

Legend   The Biography of Brian O Driscoll

Fully updated to include Leinster's thrilling victory over Ulster in the 2012 Heineken Cup, his marriage to Threesome actress Amy Huberman, the birth of their first child, Sadie and the 2013 Lions tour, this is the definitive book on O ...

Author: Marcus Stead

Publisher: Kings Road Publishing

ISBN: 9781782198871

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 300

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BRIAN O'DRISCOLL is one of the greatest outside centres in history, not just in Ireland, but throughout the world. He is Ireland's most capped player of all time and has led the team as captain in a staggering 83 tests, including leading Ireland to their first Grand Slam in 60 years when they won it in 2009. Voted 'Player of the Decade' by Rugby World in 2010 Brian O'Driscoll is, quite simply, the most celebrated player in the sport today. Ever since his first match for Leinster in 1999 - he would go on to make his debut for Ireland that very same year - O'Driscoll has shown the explosive strength, poise and guile that has led him to the top of the game. Despite this, he has had his low moments, most notably when in 2005 he had to be carried off of the field in the opening minutes of the first test of the Lions tour of New Zealand after a spear tackle from Umaga and Mealamu. Fully updated to include Leinster's thrilling victory over Ulster in the 2012 Heineken Cup, his marriage to Threesome actress Amy Huberman, the birth of their first child, Sadie and the 2013 Lions tour, this is the definitive book on O'Driscoll's career.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Great Irish Heroes Fifty Irishmen and Women Who Shaped the World

Great Irish Heroes   Fifty Irishmen and Women Who Shaped the World

... http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-union/union-news/ farewell-to-irish-legend-brian-odriscoll-20140313-hvic8.html O'Driscoll, B., The Test: My Autobiography, Penguin, 2014. Stead, M., Legend – The Biography of Brian O'Driscoll, John Blake, ...

Author: Stuart Pearson

Publisher: Kings Road Publishing

ISBN: 9781786061744

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 300

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How did the Irish independence movement lead directly to the invention of the modern submarine? Who was the Irish 'Queen' of Paraguay whose delusions of grandeur caused the destruction of her adopted country? Who escaped execution for participating in the Easter Rising of 1916, only to go on and be elected to the UK Parliament in London? Whose belief in reform through non-violent means became the inspiration for Mahatma Ghandi, Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King? The answers to these questions and more can be found in the pages of Great Irish Heroes, covering over a thousand years of Irish history and encompassing outstanding leaders in a broad range of pursuits, including literature, mathematics, sport, religion, entertainment and politics. Ireland has for centuries produced a great number of exceptional, heroic men and women far out of proportion to the island's small population and geographical size. It is also true to say that few nations have been so shaped by their history, a history with which the country still resonates today. In this companion volume to his Great Scottish Heroes, Stuart Pearson examines the lives and careers of fifty of the greatest Irishmen and women from St Columba to Brian O'Driscoll, Brian Boru to Pierce Brosnan. In doing so, he shows how this remarkable island race has contributed so much to our world, and continues to do so to this day.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

In Bod We Trust

In Bod We Trust

Nicknamed BOD by the Croke Park faithful--and in BOD they certainly do trust--Brian O'Driscoll is a true colossus of the game. This is the definitive portrait of the Irish legend.

Author: Marcus Stead

Publisher: John Blake

ISBN: 1844547647

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 282

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Dublin boy Brian O’Driscoll is an internationally admired rugby player and an Irish hero. Educated at Blackrock College, the alma mater of many Irish greats, his ambition was always to represent his country. After helping his country win the IRB under-19 World Championship and progressing through the under-21 ranks, O’Driscoll finally realised his dream of representing his beloved Ireland at the senior level. Making his debut against Australia at the tender age of 20—before he’d even made his senior club debut for Leinster—O’Driscoll went on to establish himself as one of the top outside centers in the game. Made captain of his country in 2003, O’Driscoll’s phenomenal record includes consecutive triple crowns in 2006 and 2007 and the RBS Six Nations player of the tournament for 2006 and 2007. His exemplary leadership skills and bravery saw him achieve the ultimate accolade for a home nations’ player: captaining the Lions for their 2005 tour of New Zealand. But his tour was to be cut short in a storm in acrimony and agony when his shoulder dislocated after a dangerous tackle. Nicknamed BOD by the Croke Park faithful—and in BOD they certainly do trust—Brian O’Driscoll is a true colossus of the game. This is the definitive portrait of the Irish legend.
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Legends of Irish Rugby

Legends of Irish Rugby

LIFE. OF. BRIAN. 'THEY CALL HIM GOD. WELL, I RECKON HE'S A MUCH BETTER player than that. ... In his first Test for the Lions in 2001, Brian O'Driscoll left the world champions, Australia, looking as slow as growing grass as he ran half ...

Author: John Scally

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781780574639

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 272

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Based on exclusive interviews with 40 celebrated players, past and present, Legends of Irish Rugby is a veritable who's who of the sport. Immortals such as Jack Kyle, Willie John McBride, Tony Ward, Brian O'Driscoll, Gordon D'Arcy and Paul O'Connell bare their souls to reveal themselves as men of vision, passion and dedication - men who, through their glories, disappointments and dramatic deeds, have inspired others to realise their dreams. In this engrossing and entertaining account of the bittersweet history of Irish rugby, these powerful personalities offer startling insights into some of the sport's most controversial moments - from the assault on Ronan O'Gara during the 2001 Lions tour to Gary Ella's tenure as Leinster coach. They also express their opinions on the most important issues facing the game today - from Brian O'Driscoll's hair to the role of the coach and the future of the sport itself. Their take on the times is often as comical as it is insightful. Compelling, informative and humorous, Legends of Irish Rugby is by far the most revealing volume yet on one of the country's favourite sports.
Categories: Sports & Recreation

Brian O driscoll

Brian O driscoll

The real star, however, was 20-year-old Danny Cipriani, who was making his England debut, replacing legend Jonny ... It certainly wasn't good enough for Brian O'Driscoll, or for the standards he expected from himself and from the team ...

Author: Marcus Stead

Publisher: Kings Road Publishing

ISBN: 9781843588306

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 330

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Brian O'Driscoll is the explosive captain of the 'golden generation' of Irish rugby and a renowned genius on the field. One of the top outside centres in the game, O'Driscoll first became captain of his country in 2003 and his phenomenal record includes consecutive triple crowns in 2006 and 2007 and, perhaps most memorably, in 2009 when he led Ireland to their first Grand Slam for the first time in 60 years. Voted 'Player of the Decade' in 2010 by Rugby World magazine, O'Driscoll has risen to become the most celebrated player in the sport today. Fully updated to include the 2009 British and Irish Lions tour, his wedding to actress Amy Huberman in 2010,the 2011 Six Nations and Lenister's thrilling victory in the Heineken Cup,Brian O'Driscoll - The Biography is the ultimate book about the Prince of Irish sport.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

The Test

The Test

'Honest, charming and revealing - a thoroughly good read' Rugby World 'A thoroughly enjoyable read ... After reading The Test I warmed even more to O'Driscoll as a player and a man.

Author: Brian O'Driscoll

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780241962695

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 448

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The bestselling autobiography of the greatest rugby player of our time: Brian O'Driscoll. Since 1999, when he made his international debut, there has been no greater player in world rugby than Brian O'Driscoll. In 2010 Rugby World magazine named him its world player of the decade - and since then the legend has only grown. Now, at the end of his amazing career - which culminated in fairy-tale fashion with Ireland's victory in the 2014 Six Nations championship - he tells his own story. Honest, gritty and thoughtful, Brian O'Driscoll's Autobiography is not just an essential sports book. It is an essential book about family, friends, hard work, courage and imagination. 'Honest, charming and revealing - a thoroughly good read' Rugby World 'A thoroughly enjoyable read ... After reading The Test I warmed even more to O'Driscoll as a player and a man. He stood for a new ethos in Irish sport that refused to accept mediocrity or glorious failure' Fergal Keane, Irish Times 'O'Driscoll's honesty ... takes the reader to a place they simply have not been before' Vincent Hogan, Irish Independent 'A must-read insight into the life and mind of Ireland's greatest rugby player' Irish Mail on Sunday 'There are fascinating insights into the lengths he was willing to go to perform at the highest level' Sunday Business Post
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Danny O Donoghue The Biography

Danny O Donoghue   The Biography

The band would perform and the stellar guest list included fellow Irishmen such as actor James Nesbitt, TV host Eamonn Holmes and sports stars such as golfer Rory McIlroy, rugby ace Brian O'Driscoll, jockey AP McCoy and former Red ...

Author: David O'Dornan

Publisher: Kings Road Publishing

ISBN: 9781784180607

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 300

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Danny O'Donoghue is loved by millions around the world as the frontman of The Script.The Irish charmer is blessed with rugged good looks and a uniquely soulful voice. But success did not come quickly for the Dubliner - it took years of grafting to hit the big time.Danny was born to be a rock star. With no interest in education, his long path to stardom began after meeting would-be guitar hero Mark Sheehan. Little did the two youngsters know that they would ultimately find fame together. But Danny would spent a decade in musical purgatory in the US, stealing bags of ice just to fill his bath and making tea in recording studios for Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears, before the two triumphantly struck out on their own.With years of learning from the best, they knew the recipe for success.The Script exploded onto the scene in style, with Paul McCartney, Take That and U2 all clamouring for their support. And in 2012, Danny's career reached new heights as a judge on hit show The Voice. His journey from tea boy to TV star, music hero and household name was complete.In this first-ever biography of the star, David O'Dornan reveals the amazing highs and lows of Danny's personal and professional life and speaks to music industry experts and artists to find out more about the man behind the music. This is a must-read book for any fan or, as Danny likes to call them, 'The Script Family'.
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Lions of Ireland

Lions of Ireland

A Celebration of Irish Rugby Legends David Walmsley ... In Australia four years later, the Irish still provided three of the stars of an ultimately ill-fated adventure in Keith Wood, Brian O'Driscoll and surprise package Rob ...

Author: David Walmsley

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781780574622

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

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Look for a Lions legend and the chances are you will find an Irishman. Throughout the touring team's history, the heroes of Irish rugby have been at the heart of the Lions' finest hours - on and off the pitch. Look at the Lions record books and you will find Irishmen at the top of almost every list, from Willie John McBride and Tony O'Reilly to Ronnie Dawson. No nation has provided more leaders of the Lions. In Lions of Ireland, these greats tell their stories of life on some of the longest, hardest roads in sport. Those featured include world-class players and characters who have contributed to Lions folklore, such as Karl Mullen, Jack Kyle, Fergus Slattery, Tom Kiernan, Mike Gibson and Syd Millar - and the account is brought up to date with contributions from the likes of Keith Wood. This book includes a complete reference section featuring every Irish player to have represented the Lions in Tests since the first united tour of 1910. It recalls the powerful personalities and relives the most dramatic deeds in the Lions' long history - from the 1971 groundbreaking triumph against the All Blacks and success against the odds in South Africa in 1997 to the 2005 tour of New Zealand.
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Martyn Williams

Martyn Williams

The Englishman I became closest to on the trip was Greening, who I'd played age group rugby against as a teenager. ... with Jason Robinson, Dafydd James, Brian O'Driscoll and Scott Quinnell all touching down in a 29–13 victory.

Author: Marty Williams

Publisher: Kings Road Publishing

ISBN: 9781843582311

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

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Determined, dedicated and dogmatic, Martyn Williams is the inspiring number seven lynchpin who has steered club and country to victory in inimitable style. In his action-packed autobiography, he writes for the first time about his love for the sport he has made his own.Starting out with home-town team Pontypridd, it didn't take the ginger-haired flanker long to make his mark on the national game. He made his Wales debut aged just 20 and won the Welsh league title with Ponypridd the following year, repeating the feat in his first season after joining Cardiff, who he went on to captain for three years. Twice a British Lion, he took an award-winning role in Wales' Six Nations championship Grand Slam of 2005 and then came out of international retirement to seal a second Slam in 2008. Martyn speaks for the first time about the controversial departure of Mike Ruddock as coach of the national team, the drinking culture in Welsh rugby in the early years of professionalism, the infamous Battle of Brive and why he turned down the chance to captain Wales at the 2003 World Cup. He also gives his views on the influx of southern hemisphere coaches like Graham Henry, Steve Hansen and Warren Gatland, what went wrong at the 2007 World Cup and why he came out of retirement. Featuring the inside story of the 2008 Grand Slam and revealing portraits of his team-mates and opponents, this honest, witty, informative and entertaining autobiography is a must for fans and any sports lover.
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Wrecking Ball A Big Lad From a Small Island My Story So Far

Wrecking Ball  A Big Lad From a Small Island   My Story So Far

Voted Rugby Book of the Year at the 2018 Sports Book Awards.

Author: Billy Vunipola

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781472243928

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

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Voted Rugby Book of the Year at the 2018 Sports Book Awards. Wrecking Ball is a captivating and humorous memoir by Billy Vunipola, one of the stars of England's recent rugby renaissance, and will be enjoyed by those who have read the recent autobiographies by Jonny Wilkinson, Brian O'Driscoll, Dan Carter and Paul O'Connell. Standing at 6 feet 2 inches and weighing almost 20 stone, Billy is a rampaging and unmissable presence on the rugby pitch, for both club and country. Wrecking Ball is his captivating story so far, chronicling his remarkable personal odyssey of 10,000 miles, from the tiny Tongan village of Longo Longo to the imposing vastness of Twickenham. Join Billy on his journey from the year-round sunshine of Tonga to the bitter cold of a British winter, from his favourite Pontypool kebab shop to finding himself eating broccoli for breakfast, and from carefree childhood games in the middle of the Pacific to the serious business of playing professional rugby in Europe. Wrecking Ball is a wonderfully eccentric and witty book, written with bags of charm. It captures Billy's colourful family and upbringing, and creates a rounded and fascinating portrait of a young man finding his feet as a modern English rugby player.
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