Paul O’Connell is one of the greatest players to have graced the game of rugby. Despite his great fame very few people knew the real Paul. The battle is a compelling insight into the mindset of a national hero and also provides an insight into a time when Ireland was rapidly becoming a power house of world rugby.
Paul O Connell played professional rugby for over a decade and in that time won over 108 times for Ireland and also captained The 2009 lions tour as well winning 7 caps. Paul O Connell was born in 1979 and only discovered rugby at the age of 16. Before he discovered rugby Paul O Connell was a champion swimmer and competed at national level for years. Paul O Connell won his first Irish cap in 2002 just six months after breaking into the Munster squad. Despite how inspirational Paul O Connell is, he wasn’t always as calm as collected as he is today and was known as psycho by his teammates due to his temper and aggression during training and matches. In this book he gives us a unique insight into the mindset of a legend and this book tells us how the Munster and Irish teams became the powerhouses of global rugby that they are today.
As an Irish person I watched the 2015 world cup religiously and I cried when I saw him fall on to the ground and not get back up. Paul O Connell is an inspiration to thousands of aspiring rugby players myself included. His book is refreshingly honest and gives an unbiased opinion of himself for all to read and an unadulterated version of the events as they happened. I love this book and is up their with the greatest autobiographies ever written (in my opinion).
Teen Rating: As I said one of the greatest autobiographies that I have ever read. 12+ 5/5.