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Memoirs of a Rugby-Playing Man: Guts, Glory, and Blood in the World's Greatest Game

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  38 ratings  ·  7 reviews
If all sports are really about war, then rugby is a heart-thumping epic of bayonet charges and hand-to-hand fighting. In Memoirs of a Rugby-Playing Man, bestselling author Jay Atkinson describes his thirty-five year odyssey in the sport-from his rough and rowdy days at the University of Florida, through the intrigue of various foreign tours, club championships, and all sta ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by Thomas Dunne Books
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A well written book about rugby, a sport I played for many years. The greatest sport ever played.
This book rekindled fond memories of my rugby playing days in the 70's & 80's. The book is a bit self-absorbed but it is a memoir after all. Not sure if the camaraderie and beauty of the sport is conveyed to people not familiar with rugby.
Michael  Malone
Atkinson obviously took detailed notes while embarking on his rugby adventures, and it brings his yarns to bright and vivid life. No one captures the elegant violence of rugby, and the band-of-brothers ethos on and off the field, better than Atkinson. He's also a protege of Harry Crews, and that makes for some fun tales.
Don Gorman
This is a very interesting book, if, a huge if, you are really interested in rugby. Too much description of matches, too many locations shsifts, nothing to really grab on to about the author or his real life off the pitch. I played for 6 or so years and I enjoy rugby a great deal but this is a little over the top.
Spook Harrison
Aug 27, 2012 Spook Harrison rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no-one, really
Recommended to Spook by: New Book Shelf
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Overall, eh. The writing was good, solid, and his love for the sport and most aspects of the lifestyle really comes across well. Just not a book I'll need to read again, and that could've ended a few pages earlier, you know?
Great pleasure to relive rugby highlights from pitches around the world. Even though the songs and kangaroo courts may differ, in essence brotherhood is global.
Scott Husselbee
Amazing book for any rugger. It brought all those great memories. If you want to know what is like to play rugby in the US, this is the book.
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