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The Boys of Winter

By: Lawrence Dallaglio,Owen Slot
Narrated by: Lawrence Dallaglio,Owen Slot,Paul Thornley
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The must-listen book ahead of the Rugby World Cup 2023.

England have been in four Rugby World Cup finals and only won one of them. In 2003, this team was the one that did it. And this is their story in their words.

The image of Jonny Wilkinson's last-minute winning drop goal is etched deep into the nation's consciousness - everyone knows where they were during that iconic moment on the 22nd November 2003. Twenty years on, with their achievement still unmatched, the affection and respect this band of brothers command is as great as ever. There is still no modern player as beloved as Jonny Wilkinson, no captain as celebrated and respected as Martin Johnson, and no coach as revered as Sir Clive Woodward. And there is no one with the aura and drive of Lawrence Dallaglio.

In The Boys of Winter, Dallaglio and writer Owen Slot tell the inside story of England's triumphant 2003 Rugby World Cup through interviews with those involved, revealing how the team planned it and executed it; the iconic memories as well as the unseen moments.

But what has become of those heroes of our youth? This book also tells the story of how the tournament has shaped the lives of those involved, for better or worse. For many it was the pinnacle, for some a missed opportunity and for others a curse from which they never recovered.

  • Includes never-before-seen interviews with the squad and coaching staff
  • Reveals how the team planned and executed the 2003 Rugby World Cup win
  • Takes you inside the dressing room and onto the pitch for this historic moment
  • Uncovers for the first time the impact of the achievement on the players
  • Explores why this success has never been repeated

This is the definitive account of a legendary sporting moment and an examination of the costs of our dreams.

The audiobook features exclusive content with Lawrence Dallaglio and Owen Slot.

©2023 Lawrence Dallaglio and Owen Slot (P)2023 Bonnier Books UK

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  • melvyn jones
  • 28-01-2024

The best of memories.

Great to hear the story behind one of the happiest Saturday mornings of my life.
Go England !!

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  • 11-02-2024

Excellent in all areas just like the 2003 squad

Told in an unusual podcasty way and delivered in all areas. Enthralling listen from start to finish

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  • Gary stanton
  • 28-01-2024

great book annoying narration

great book the guy reading the majority of the book had a grating eastend accent

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  • Jeremy Booth
  • 29-12-2023

A world cup win but at what cost

To hear from the different players and coaches of what it took to get to the summit of the sport is fascinating. But the cost of getting there and then the subsequent complete mismanagement by the RFU post World Cup final of the players, the team and indeed the sport itself is shameful.

A great listen.

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  • Andrew Jenkins
  • 12-12-2023

Awful narration. .

The narrator's way of speaking and intonations at the end of sentences were so distracting I had to stop after an hour. I'll buy the book instead. Also, I was expecting a series of interviews, but whilst they visited Martin Johnson, little insight was written down. Then again, there might be more later in the piece.

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  • david herbert
  • 13-11-2023

Brings back that feeling on that day, 20 yrs ago

Who would have known what it meant to each player, what they faced then and now. Go and watch Grand Slammers for more.

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  • Matthew Wall
  • 06-11-2023

A fascinating listen

This was a fascinating listen. The book has two parts; 1, examining the build and and winning of the World Cup from the whole team’s perspective, and 2, what happened afterwards. In many respects the second half of the book is the most revealing. The exposes just how much this game has cost this group of players. I hope the book can help drive some change in the after care of professional players.

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  • Jon Young
  • 05-11-2023

Decent listen but a bit self-indulgent

This was worth listening to, but reminded me a bit of the ruck podcast in its self indulgence. The first half of the book could have been condensed into about 5 chapters and it massively over-eggs England’s achievements. They were an excellent team but they should have lost to South Africa and if Wales has kicked their goals they’d have likely got knocked out in the quarters. As it was, they won the tournament as the country with by far the most funding and biggest player pool.

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  • Henry
  • 05-10-2023

Very good

Eye opening to get different perspectives from the squad and coaches!

Highlights what a truly special group of players they were

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  • david regan
  • 03-10-2023

Engrossing

What a fantastic insight of the mindset of arguably the best English team in any sport also it highlights changes in sport and society

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