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My Life and Rugby

The Autobiography

Eddie Jones

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Macmillan
27 January 2021
Brilliant, honest, combative - Eddie Jones is a gigantic yet enigmatic figure in world rugby and a true legend of the game. In My Life and Rugby he tells his story for the first time, including the full inside story of England's 2019 World Cup campaign.

Eddie Jones is one of the most experienced and decorated coaches in world rugby. He career has spanned four World Cups; from losing to England in the 100th minute in 2003, working with South Africa when they won in 2007, and causing the greatest upset in 2015 when he masterminded the Japanese defeat of South Africa.

Since taking over as head coach of England in 2015 Eddie Jones has masterminded a complete revival of the national team. He has won the Six Nations Championship back-to-back, including England's first grand slam in a generation, their first ever whitewash of Australia, as well as taking them on their longest ever winning streak.

In his explosive autobiography Jones shows how his fiercely competitive attitude, his love of coaching and his philosophy of the game were formed while growing up in a tough working-class suburb of Sydney as a small half-Japanese kid, playing schoolboy rugby alongside the legendary Ella brothers.

Learning from the extreme highs and lows of his own playing career - the numerous successes playing for Randwick and New South Wales but also the painful disappointment of never playing for Australia - he shows what it takes to be the best in the world and how everything he has learnt about the game on and off the pitch has gone into plotting England's route to the top of World Rugby.

My Life and Rugby is the story of one of the most compelling and singular figures in rugby, told with unflinching honesty this is the ultimate rugby book for all fans of the sport.
By:   Eddie Jones
Imprint:   Macmillan
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 196mm,  Width: 130mm,  Spine: 30mm
Weight:   342g
ISBN:   9781509850730
ISBN 10:   1509850732
Pages:   448
Publication Date:   27 January 2021
Recommended Age:   From 18 years
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Eddie Jones is the head coach of the England Rugby Union team and led them to the 2019 World Cup final. He took Australia to the 2003 World Cup final as well, and masterminded Japan's famous victory over South Africa in 2015 - one of the biggest upsets in sport. He was also the assistant coach for South Africa when they won the 2007 World Cup. Donald McRae is an award-winning author of twelve books. He has won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year award twice. He is a three-time Sports Interviewer of the Year winner and has also been Sports Feature Writer of the Year on three occasions, most recently in 2018 and 2019, for his work in the Guardian.

Reviews for My Life and Rugby: The Autobiography

Eternally thoughtful about his craft and sport . . . fascinating. There's much more than rugby here . . . Jones is brutally frank about himself and the people and players in his life. His gifts of leadership and organisation are clearly remarkable: this is a man you would follow into the jungle. * Daily Mail Books of the Year * Refreshingly self-critical . . . Jones emerges as a more complex character than he had led us to believe. The sections on the racism he suffered as a mixed race child and his dejection at missing out an international cap as a player are particularly moving. * The Times Books of the Year * A world-class coach -- Sir Clive Woodward An absolute genius * Sydney Morning Herald * A genuine super-coach -- Stephen Jones, <i>The Sunday Times</i> Jones has a winning mentality - he is constantly asking for more -- Gareth Southgate


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