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What a Flanker

By: James Haskell
Narrated by: James Haskell
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Publisher's Summary

‘I’d like to be remembered as a player who showed that you can be incredibly professional but also a lot of fun - a bit of a tit in the changing room, but the ultimate competitor on the pitch. That should have been the subtitle of this book, really....’

One of rugby’s most ferocious flankers and biggest characters, James Haskell has had an extraordinary, global experience of the game, having played for the Lions, Wasps, England and in New Zealand, France and Japan. After 17 years and with 77 international caps under his sizeable belt, he has a shitload to say about rugby life - from pitch to pub and everywhere in between.

In What a Flanker, Haskell sheds fresh light on the dynamics and the day-to-day of the game. Whether he’s recalling the most brutal team socials; dispelling the myths surrounding New Zealand’s dominance; introducing his Japanese teammates to manscaping or calling out play-acting in the modern game, no subject is off limits.

Side-splittingly funny and ruthlessly honest, What a Flanker delves into the touring, drinking, training, eating and sometimes unconscionable antics of the professional rugby player. It’s an unforgettable listen, even if there are some stories you’d rather forget....

©2020 James Haskell (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"Hilarious, and straight talking but also articulate and insightful - I am just hugely fond of this guy." (Eddie Jones)

"I’d like to be remembered as a player who showed that you can be incredibly professional but also a lot of fun – a bit of a joker in the changing room, but the ultimate competitor on the pitch. That should have been the subtitle of this book, really...." (Rugby World)

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World Class

Haskell is a true reflection of someone who will not sell themselves for fame.

His brand today is built on authenticity, and he won’t sugarcoat the truth.

As the famous Australian businessman Kerry Packer said “as long as your friends, family and business partners know who you are, everyone else can go and get f*****”. Haskell said something similar, but far more family friendly than that.

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hilarious for footy punters

absolutely giggling to myself in bed listening to this and seeing my wife look at me like a crazy. loved all of it. well done James from an Aussie.

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Totally entertaining from start to finish

A great read and a real insight into the life of a professional rugby player.

I just really liked the honesty of it all. James seemed to tell it without fear of what people would think of him. So refreshing.

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Great insight and right to the line of TMI

The book gives a great insight into the ups and down of professional sport with a great silver lining of humour. The book real speaks to the people side of rugby rather than the X’s and O’s so many books give.

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an enjoyable listen

a good listen, lots of funny moments from behind the scenes and an eye opening account of a professional rugby player.

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Fantastic read

A great read, I thoroughly enjoyed James's brutal honesty.
Great player.
Top bloke.
Highly recommended

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Must read for any Rugby Player or Fan

What a great book into a Professional Rugby player this book has everything from the ups and downs that happens to a rugby player truly a must read for anyone who plays Ruby

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An entertaining book.

Good insight into the life of a pro Rugby Player and what really goes on. Found the stories entertaining as well.

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A fantastic insight...

Tremendously well written book and insight in to a great player. Laughter and chuckles abound.

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Interesting and honest.

A good look at how the media tries to screw over and manipulate athletes. James is outspoken, honest and readily admits he's not perfect. loved it.

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