Matt Dawson: Nine Lives -The Autobiography -a Signed Copy )( Tour of Hell / Rugby World Cup / England / English Player )

----------hardcover, a Near Fine copy in a Near Fine dustjacket, signed without inscription by Dawson (includes a COA from BesTech so this was likely a television fundraiser), 384 pages, colour photos, ---"The honest and hard-hitting memoirs of the most capped England rugby scrum-half of all time, a captain of his country, a two-times British Lions tourist and now a Rugby World Cup winner. Matt Dawson's career story is a colourful tale spiced with controversy, from club rugby at Northampton to England winning the Rugby World Cup in Australia. Matt Dawson narrates his twelve-year journey in a sport transformed beyond recognition. The boy from Birkenhead learnt the game the hard way, working as a security guard and an advertising salesman in his formative years, in the days when rugby players found relief in an active and alcoholic social life. (Dawson: 'The drinking started on Saturday night, continued all Sunday and most nights until Thursday.') Despite the frequent visits to the operating theatre and the physio's table, hard graft for his club Northampton eventually heralded international recognition. Dawson talks about the influential, and occasional obstructive figures in his blossoming career: the likes of John Olver, Will Carling, Ian McGeechan and, more recently, Wayne Shelford and Clive Woodward. The advent of professionalism in 1995 changed for good the game at all levels, and Dawson is in the position of having straddled the transformation, when cash became more important than conscience. In typically opinionated mode, he also reflects on the successes and failures of the England team and, famously, the Lions in Australia in 2001. After speaking out against punishing schedules, disenchanted players and lack of management support in a tour diary article, Dawson was almost sent home in disgrace. He revisits that bitterly disappointing period in his life and is still not afraid to point out where everything went wrong. Following England's Rugby World Cup 2003 success, Dawson provides a first-hand account of all the dressing room drama -- including a troubled Jonny Wilkinson -- and the memorable final itself, followed by the stunning reaction to this historic win back home"---, any image directly beside this listing is the actual book and not a generic photo ///SIGNED ---GUARANTEED to be AVAILABLE///

Title: Matt Dawson: Nine Lives -The Autobiography -a Signed Copy )( Tour of Hell / Rugby World Cup / England / English Player )

Author Name: Dawson, Matt (signed)( Matthew James Sutherland "Matt" Dawson ) with Alex Spink ( English rugby union Player / Wasps and Northampton Saints )

Illustrator: Photo Cover

Categories: Sports,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: London, England, London, UK: HarperWillow / Harper Willow, 2004, 1st Edition, First Printing: 2004

ISBN Number: 0007165668

ISBN Number 13: 9780007165667

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Near Fine (see description)

Jacket Condition: Near Fine (see description)

Type: NOT Price Clipped

Inscription: Signed (see description)

Size: 6.25w x 9.5h Inches

Seller ID: 156378

Keywords: Will Carling, Ian McGeechan, David Campese, Jonah Lomu, Martin Johnson, Clive Woodward, Jonny Wilkinson