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  • Confessions of an (Un)Professional Rugby Player
  • By: Joe Marler
  • Narrated by: Joe Marler
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (47 ratings)

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By: Joe Marler
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The unfiltered truth about being a rugby player - from the horsey's mouth.

This book is not just about how I got back on my horse and went clippity-clop all the way to the World Cup final in Japan.

It's the story of how a fat kid who had to live up to the nickname Psycho grew up to play (and party) for over a decade with rugby's greatest pros. 

From just about surviving the equivalent of 30 car crashes a game and crooning Adele for team spirit, to extensive field notes on the smell of the Scrum and the fine art of on-pitch relief. Then there's rugby's secret naked wrestling scene and how it was exposed.

In my world, you never know how the ball will bounce....

©2020 Joe Marler (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Joe's honest naration

liked the story's of a working class lad dealing with the demons of rising to the top of his profession and dealing with them on his own until recognised

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Honest, loving and rare

Can’t miss this book.

The honesty and love behind a legend makes me admire Joe more.
All levels of aspects and awareness of men’s mental health.

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Some good laughs and just why I love rugby!

Good light hearted book that gives a insight into the game and Joe’s experiences. Humanises the sports professionals and just an all round great book

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Not sure why it exists as a book, yet brilliant!

Q: Do you need to buy and then listen to this book? No. Does it really provide you with anything meaningful, or fill gaps in your library with words of wisdom? Also, no. I honestly can't even think why he would write this and then read it. There's no real point to it. And yet, it is seriously a good book, and I could not stop listening to it. It really is expertly read and written to be engaging, not to mention extremely funny in parts (like actually thinking about something he read some hours later and laughing to my self at my desk at work, sort of extremely funny re: "Ennnggllaaannnd plaaaaayeerrr" (listen to get that reference). It's a 5 star read for me, and I'm buying the hard copy for reads later, although the commentary really does add to this performance. Thanks Joe, for writing and reading the book.

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Top story from a top bloke.

one of the best most real books I've had the pleasure of listening to. the accents are a mist hear.

thanks Joe for sharing your story

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Great listening

coming from an Irish rugby union fan, this books is great. Joe is a breadth of fresh air and has a very good way of story telling. I throughly enjoyed it and listening to the old days of touring and banter. England are still shit btw

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a cracker of a book.

always a fan of watching Joe play for England and after listening to this book, am more of a fan of Joe the man. a great book, funny, poignant and well read. touches on great topics, not only about rugby but about stuggles as a man, a father and a husband. well worth a listen. brings back great memories of Japan RWC 2019 and my memories of my own trip there as well as the loss soon after of my dad who i shared the trip with. much respect Joe and thanks for sharing all your great and not so great stories.

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Good listen

Enjoyed listening to this. Lots of funny stories behind the games in the locker room during tours. Sometime the F bombs were a bit much but other times played its purpose and was very funny. If you're a UK rugby fan you'll appreciate the local context better than us southern hemisphere rugby fans. But there was enough there for me to understand and appreciate the funny side of life for a rugby player. Recommend.

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