Centre Stage (Hardback)
  • Centre Stage (Hardback)
zoom

Centre Stage (Hardback)

(author), (author)
£20.00
Hardback 336 Pages / Published: 11/11/2021
  • 10+ in stock

Available

  • This item has been added to your basket
Your local Waterstones may have stock of this item. Please check by using Click & Collect

In a nation of rugby heroes, Jamie Roberts has become a legend.

Jamie Roberts is your quintessential hard man: a 6 foot 4, 17 stone slab of rippling muscle, conditioned to run hard into other huge men in an arena where physical dominance is the prime currency. Yet away from rugby, he's a mild-mannered and thoughtful man - a qualified doctor with a thirst for knowledge and a curiosity about the world around him. It's an intriguing contradiction.

In his first full season with the Cardiff Blues he was picked by new Wales coach Warren Gatland in the Grand Slam-winning side of 2008. He was still establishing his position in the national team when he toured with the 2009 Lions, emerging as Player of the Series. He went on to win 97 Test caps and play for clubs in Paris, London and Cape Town, yet his career has seldom been straightforward.

A fractured skull was one of many injuries he had to overcome, and from the start he had to juggle the competing demands of university life and professional rugby. The joy of Six Nations success with Wales was balanced by heartbreak in the World Cup and disappointment against southern-hemisphere teams, while major trophies at club level proved frustratingly elusive.

In this colourful and frank account of a sterling career, Jamie Roberts reveals all about life on tour, in boot camps and in dressing rooms filled with once-in-a-generation characters such as Mike Phillips, Andy Powell, Shaun Edwards, Martyn Williams, Brian O'Driscoll and Johnny Sexton. He also shares his views on concussion in rugby, the failings of the professional structure in Wales and the vital role of old-school team-bonding.

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
ISBN: 9781529368833
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 580 g
Dimensions: 236 x 160 x 36 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Delves into his innermost emotions * Best Rugby Books 2021 *
Roberts' autobiography, written with the excellent Ross Harries, is a compelling offering, packed with tales from a remarkable career including his relationship with Gatland and brushes with celebrities including Lana Del Rey and Bono in Monte Carlo * Telegraph *
If Jamie Roberts achieved plenty on the pitch, few modern players have a wider-ranging story to tell off it . . . It is to the credit of the 35-year-old and his skilful "ghost" Ross Harries that Centre Stage: My Life in Rugby seamlessly weaves together all these contrasting threads * Guardian *

You may also be interested in...

This Much is True
Added to basket
£20.00   £16.99
Hardback
The Lyrics
Added to basket
£75.00   £60.00
Hardback
Mrs Hinch: Life in Lists
Added to basket
Wake Me Up When It's All Over...
Added to basket
A Queen for All Seasons
Added to basket
£20.00   £17.99
Hardback
Taste
Added to basket
£20.00   £17.99
Hardback
Mental Fitness
Added to basket
£20.00   £10.00
Hardback
And Away...
Added to basket
£20.00   £10.00
Hardback
Windswept & Interesting
Added to basket
£25.00   £12.50
Hardback
Celebrating the Seasons with the Yorkshire Shepherdess
Added to basket
Shackleton
Added to basket
£20.00   £16.99
Hardback
Too Many Reasons to Live
Added to basket
£20.00   £16.99
Hardback
The Storyteller
Added to basket
£20.00   £16.99
Hardback
Odd Boy Out
Added to basket
£20.00   £17.99
Hardback
Fall
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.