Open Side: The Official Autobiography

Open Side: The Official Autobiography

by Sam Warburton

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Updated edition featuring a brand new afterword

‘A terrific book. No one put their body on the line quite like Sam Warburton.’
Brian O’Driscoll

‘It was an absolute privilege to play against Sam. An inspiring leader with an equally inspiring story to tell.’
Jonny Wilkinson

Sam Warburton OBE was not only a titan of Welsh rugby, but an icon of the game. Having represented his country as a player and team captain at all junior levels, he propelled himself to international attention in 2011 when named as the youngest ever captain of Wales for the Rugby World Cup.

Despite his tender age, Sam’s immense displays for club and country were recognised still further in April 2013, when, at just 24, he was named the Lions' captain for the extraordinary 2013 tour to Australia.  Four years later, after a year ‘in the wilderness’, Sam was named Lions’ captain yet again for the historic tour to New Zealand, thereby becoming the first ever Lions Captain never to lose a series in the professional era.

Intelligent, calm, thoughtful – in many ways seemingly the exact opposite of the smash and crash of modern rugby – Warburton’s edge never came with his size, but with his depth of thought, his reading of movement, and his understanding that, to be a uniquely successful leader, one needs to set goals that far exceed the ambitions of even the most ferocious of opponents.  In leading other men, and in pitting himself against the world’s best, Warburton was forced repeatedly to push himself to the very edge of his physiological and mental limits, the 21 significant injuries over that period a painful testament to his sacrifice.

Open Side is therefore not simply a chronology of events or a celebration of statistics. Written in a compelling but soul searching style, this is an astoundingly personal book exploring the nature of leadership, the value of self-control, the precision of mindset and of course the future of the game.  It is also a deeply personal meditation on the sacrifice of body, the torment of injury and the pain of retirement, a decision Sam was forced to make in July 2018, at just 29 years old.
 
Never before has a rugby autobiography given such intimate access not only to the realities of the dressing room and the heroes and villains of the modern game, but to the unique mindset required to make someone a genuinely great leader of men.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780008336592
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
Publication date: 08/25/2020
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 5.08(w) x 7.80(h) x (d)

About the Author

Sam Warbuton is acknowledged as one of the best open-side flankers in the world. He made his debut for Wales against the USA in 2009 and captained his country for the first time in June 2011 at the age of 22, becoming the second youngest captain ever to skipper Wales. He led his country to the semi-finals of the World Cup in 2011 and to a triumphant Grand Slam in the Six Nations in 2012. In July 2018, he announced his retirement from rugby union.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

1 Whitchurch 7

Leadership 1 Personality 31

2 Toyota Stadium, Chicago 35

Leadership 2 Professionalism 62

3 Eden Park 69

Leadership 3 Performance 111

4 Millennium Stadium 117

Leadership 4 Perspective 152

5 Etihad Stadium, Melbourne 157

Leadership 5 Positivity 210

6 Twickenham 223

Leadership 6 Persistence 267

7 Westpac Stadium, Wellington 275

Leadership 7 People 336

Epilogue 345

Afterword 369

Appendix A The Future of the Game 373

Appendix B My Best Welsh XV 385

Appendix C My Best International XV 391

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