My Story

Author: Adrian Morley

Publisher: Vision Sports Pub Limited

ISBN: 9781907637575

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 291

View: 1819

Moz: My Story is the compelling autobiography of England and Great Britain Rugby League legend Adrian Morley. As one of the most prolific players of the last 15 years, in 2011 Morley became the most-capped England/Great Britain rugby league player of all time. He is famous for his `big hits' and rock hard determination, and is respected throughout the game by players and fans alike. Now Morley tells it how it is, from his tough upbringing to brushes with the law to his incredible career in the toughest sport of them all.


The Story of Paul Cooke

Author: Paul Cooke,Adrian Durham

Publisher: Pitch Publishing

ISBN: 1785312685

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

View: 5386

If you're from Hull you're either black and white or red and white. No ifs, no buts. Judas is the story of Paul Cooke, a gifted rugby league player who enjoyed glory at Hull FC on the west side of the city's rugby league divide - but caused outrage when he walked out of the club to join bitter rivals Hull Kingston Rovers. Magical on the pitch, Cooke was often in trouble off it. Growing up he loved Hull Kingston Rovers, but joined rivals Hull FC. His career flourished, but in 2007, Cooke walked out over a contract dispute. He made the switch to hated rivals Rovers; and became an instant target for abuse. His time in East Hull was dogged with more controversy, and while there were good times, he moved on to Wakefield before eventually turning his back on the game, to spend his time with his mother who had been diagnosed with cancer. After she sadly passed away, Cooke returned to rugby a changed man, to finish his playing career and embark on a new path in coaching. Brutally honest and self-critical, Cooke tells the painful truth in this book, alongside some glorious memories of sporting brilliance. It's the story of the player called 'Judas', Hull's most-hated rugby league son.


My Career in Black and White

Author: Kirk Yeaman,David Bond

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781908847065


Page: 240

View: 6325


Billy Slater Autobiography

Author: Billy Slater

Publisher: Random House Australia

ISBN: 0143782452

Category: Rugby League football

Page: 234

View: 5223

During a long and decorated career with the Melbourne Storm, Queensland and Australia, Billy Slater has forged a reputation as not merely one of rugby league's great full-backs, but as one of the best players in the game's long history. Slater's story is that of a young country recruit with superb natural talent who rose quickly to the top level playing with the Storm after just one pre-season in Melbourne and starring for Queensland during just his second season in the NRL. But inside the player who has scored so many audacious tries on the game's biggest stages is a fierce competitive drive and a relentless work ethic. One inherited from parents who worked multiple jobs to provide for their two children. From the northern Queensland town of Innisfail, Slater enjoyed the quintessential Queensland upbringing. His father was a local rugby league coach, one grandfather worked in the cane fields and another was a miner and a country and western singer. For a time horses rather than football were Slater's passion. He gave up rugby league for 18 months and worked as a track rider and stable hand for renowned trainer Gai Waterhouse in Sydney. But it was on the football field rather than the racetrack that Slater was always destined to make his name. Never the biggest or the strongest player as a junior, he worked harder than most to become an integral part of the Melbourne Storm and Queensland dynasties and an automatic selection in the national team. During his decorated career Slater has been confronted by the Melbourne Storm salary cap scandal, career-threatening injuries, the disappointment of lost grand finals, his early axing from the Queensland team, a game-losing mistake with the Kangaroos and accusations about his allegedly rough style of play. Slater has emerged not merely as a great of the game, but as an even more resilient character, a respected spokesman for his sport, a devoted husband and father and, in a moment of emotional vindication - a member of the Storm's defiant 2012 premiership team.

Simply the Best

The Inside Story of How Wigan Became Rugby League's Greatest Cup Team and Won Eight in a Row

Author: Frank Malley

Publisher: Pitch Publishing

ISBN: 1785313371

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 284

View: 7373

Simply The Best is the fascinating inside story of eight heady seasons when Wigan RLFC were undisputed kings of rugby league, going 43 consecutive Challenge Cup matches undefeated and winning a record eight Challenge Cup trophies in a row at Wembley. The secrets behind the signings of Martin Offiah, Frano Botica and Joe Lydon. The enigma that is Ellery Hanley. The emergence of rugby phenomenon Jason Robinson. The wit of master playmaker Andy Gregory. All are revealed, along with the fun, the egos, the fall-outs, the spectacular tries, the drinking, the sacking of head coach John Dorahy, the magic of John Monie and the local legend who is Shaun Edwards: the only man to play in all 43 of those cup games and whose feisty spirit personified a team of charisma and panache. Edwards lifted the first and last of those trophies as captain before the greatest rugby league cup run in history was derailed by a swirl of complacency and revenge. At its heart, Simply The Best is a story of hard men and extraordinary achievement.

Darren Lockyer Autobiography

Author: Darren Lockyer

Publisher: Random House Australia

ISBN: 0857983695

Category: Rugby League football

Page: 403

View: 3712

The updated edition of the Rugby League superstar's end-of-career autobiography. In 2011, NRL fans had the chance to share in a piece of rugby league history. The game's record books were re-written, some taken to heights unlikely to ever be matched. Darren Lockyer celebrated his 34th birthday in 2011. Of those 34 years, 17 have been spent putting his body through hell in perhaps the toughest football competition on the planet. Lockyer has, quite literally, spent half his lifetime in the NRL. Lockyer holds the all-time appearance record for club, state and country. It is a feat no less a judge than Wayne Bennett declared would never be equalled. The remarkable longevity of Lockyer's excellence has earned him the respect of fellow athletes around the world and the adoration of fans everywhere. But while undoubtedly one of the most recognisable athletes in Australia, Lockyer has largely maintained his privacy, rarely, if ever, allowing fans a look at the man behind the man. In this book Lockyer, for the first time, opens up on the people, places, incidents and events which have shaped the life and career of an Australian sporting icon. From his days growing up and working at the family-owned truck stop on the outskirts of the tiny Queensland town of Wandoan, to his arrival at the Broncos as a teenage sensation and subsequent ascension toward rugby league immortality the book will shed new light on some of the biggest names and stories of the past two decades. Contributions from Lockyer's family and friends, as well as legendary figures like Wayne Bennett, Wendell Sailor, Andrew Johns, Mal Meninga, Johnathan Thurston, Gorden Tallis, George Gregan, Ricky Stuart and Craig Bellamy gives this book a unique edge, with each providing readers a rare insight into their view on Lockyer the player, the leader and the man.

True Professional

The Clive Sullivan Story

Author: James Oddy

Publisher: Pitch Publishing

ISBN: 1785313576

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 233

View: 870

True Professional tells the story of Clive Sullivan, who emerged from one of Cardiff's toughest neighbourhoods to become an icon of rugby league. Overcoming a major childhood injury and a car crash early in his career, he was a ruthless and thrilling presence on the wings of both Hull FC and Hull KR teams for over 20 years, scoring over 300 tries.The first-ever black Briton to captain a British sports team, Sullivan did so with great success, even lifting a World Cup and being awarded an MBE. He was loved by rugby league fans and revered following his untimely and tragic death. Yet the wider sporting public overlooked his achievements at the time and his name is rarely mentioned when discussing Britain's sporting greats. The book is a snapshot of the working class Northern towns that have long been the heartland of rugby league, and the communities that gave them their unique character. It is also a look at how Clive's career developed against the backdrop of a declining fishing industry, the lifeblood of the city of Hull.

Longy - Booze, Brawls, Sex and Scandal

The Autobiography of the Wild Man of Rugby League

Author: Sean Long,Nick Appleyard

Publisher: John Blake Publishing

ISBN: 184358218X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 300

View: 8254

Sean Long is Super League's No 1 bad boy and when it comes to off-the-pitch madness, no-one comes close. Not just for rugby league fans, this book is a must-read for anyone with a taste for life on the wild side. Here, the flamboyant Hull and St Helens superstar tells his hilarious, shocking and explosive life story. Longy - the only player to win the Lance Todd Trophy three times - tells the inside story of THAT bet against his own team and exposes secrets that will shock the rugby league establishment to its core. In his own words, he describes with startling honesty the hell-raising experiences of his rags-to-riches journey. But it isn't all about his wild reputation - Long has also had an incredible rugby league career, winning every major honour in the game at club level as well as notching up 15 caps for Great Britain and another five for the England side. He has twice set the Super League record for the most points scored in a season, with 284 in 1999 and a staggering 352 in 2000.

Off the Cuff

Author: Lee Briers

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781904091783

Category: Rugby League football players

Page: 240

View: 4143


Class, Culture and the Agrarian Myth

Author: Tom Brass

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004273948

Category: Social Science

Page: 460

View: 9003

Using examples from different historical contexts, this book examines the relationship between class, nationalism, modernity and the agrarian myth.

Orienting Arthur Waley

Japonism, Orientalism, and the Creation of Japanese Literature in English

Author: John Walter De Gruchy

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 9780824825676

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 208

View: 9386

Hailed recently as the greatest translator of Asian Literature ever to have lived, Arthur Waley (1889-1966) had an immeasurable influence on Western perceptions of Asia and on the development of Asian studies in the West. Waley was the single most important force in creating what the English-speaking public understood to be Japanese literature with his popular and critically acclaimed translations of Japanese poetry, no plays and the celebrated 11th-century court romance The Tale of Genji. This study of Waley and his Japanese translations provides a provocative examination of Waley's contribution to 20th-century English literature and culture. top graduate of Rugby and Cambridge and a younger member of the Bloomsbury Group. He examines how the social contexts influenced Waley's work and he further locates Waley's Japanese translations within the political contexts of the Japonism movement, British socialism and imperialism and the development of Japanese studies in England. How a cult of things Japanese in the early modern period in Britain led to the emergence of one of the 20th century's most important translators is an interesting story in itself.

The Secret War

Spies, Ciphers, and Guerrillas, 1939-1945

Author: Max Hastings

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0062259296

Category: History

Page: 640

View: 8495

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER From one of the foremost historians of the period and the acclaimed author of Inferno and Catastrophe: 1914, The Secret War is a sweeping examination of one of the most important yet underexplored aspects of World War II—intelligence—showing how espionage successes and failures by the United States, Britain, Russia, Germany, and Japan influenced the course of the war and its final outcome. Spies, codes, and guerrillas played unprecedentedly critical roles in the Second World War, exploited by every nation in the struggle to gain secret knowledge of its foes, and to sow havoc behind the fronts. In The Secret War, Max Hastings presents a worldwide cast of characters and some extraordinary sagas of intelligence and resistance, to create a new perspective on the greatest conflict in history