Richie McCaw has rightly taken his place at the top of tree – the greatest flanker ever to He has always said that he will do just one book and now is that time. 9 Oct The Open Side delves into the inner McCaw, the defining events and As a participant in three Rugby World Cups, Richie describes the agony. Richie McCaw The Open Side for sale on Trade Me, New Zealand’s #1 auction and classifieds website.

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Feb 06, Ivan rated it did not like it. The occasional shots taken behind the scenes, such as one of him reading the morning paper in bed, are a breath of fresh air. More by Greg McGee. In his first play, Foreskin’s Lament, a drama set in rugby changing rooms and at the after-match party, became an immediate success.

The Open Side

While I do not normally read biographies I had to read this one, given my vivid memories of the RWC and my overwhelming relief when it was over. It didn’t feel that final until now. No other player has ever won the award twice. A worthwhile biography of an excellent player, but left me wanting more. Richie McCaw is a once in a generation player and his observations of a game as it develops are genuinely interesting and I would have liked to see more of them in the book. From that struggle onward, riichie commitment given by McCaw, his team, the coaching and supporting staff around them to eventually be victorious in the World Cup in front of their own fans, and that feeling of winning it after falling apart so many times was just awe-inspiring to read.

The Real McCaw: The Autobiography by Richie McCaw

To see mccae your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Talk to others 8, 12, 13 and get them to do my job. I was pleasantly surprised to read about all the ins and outs of the matches peppered with a little background about Richie off the rugby field. Easy read and a bit of insight into an incredible rugby player.


Books by Richie McCaw. Fantastic rugby player, but an incredibly boring man Jan 02, Shelley Des Forges rated it really liked it Shelves: I felt i as a kiwi i had to read it in order to understand the background to that emotional time.

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This is a gripping autobiography, in part because it’s bookended by two dramatic events – the shock Rugby World Cup quarter-final defeat sice the favourites New Zealand by France when they seemed to poen cruising into the last four and the Final in New Zealand when the once-more favourites clung on to achieve their only RWC Final victory since We discover rare glitches in McCaw’s confidence, such as the season when he wonders for the first time in his career whether the All Blacks are good enough.

I think that autobiographies of any top sportsmen are worth read Richie McCaw is the best rugby player of all-time. Greg McGee has previously written a variety of crime novels and screenplays for New Zealand television shows and movies. It gives good insight into how preparation for a game takes tye as well as what happens in games. What more can be said McCawthan outstanding!

A fantastic insight to what makes this living legend tick. On the go and no time to finish that story right now? Angus Syminton rated it it was amazing Apr 03, But I’m going to be hanging up my boots. Published October 9th by Hodder Moa first published January 1st I think Richie was trying to get across how important it was to wear the All Black jersey with respect but that you need to go the extra mile to hold onto the jersey and to do it justice.

McCaw hasn’t always had it his way, two Rugby World Cups wi Sometimes sports books can be hard going. It’s also a big part of the culture in New Zealand and a few other countries – surely there are writers out there good enough to make something interesting out of that.

Jo Anne rated it liked it Jun 15, The descriptions of his home in the early chapters are particularly stunning. From breaking news to debate and conversation, we bring you the news as it happens. Alan Richards rated it really liked it Dec 30, Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. A very simply written book, that gives the reader a fly on the wall look into Ritchies life. Questions around cover-ups continue by Graham Adams. Feb 10, Brodief rated it it was amazing. I found the book an eye opener and it gave me lots to think about in how much time the players spend travelling around the world to play games and the effects of this on the body, the friendships that are made and of the earthquakes in Christchurch.


It is also very inspirational to read, learning about his setbacks and him bouncing back was pretty cool. Leaving a little later will help.

The closely cropped image of McCaw with three staples closing a cut under his eye is a classic image. You can almost feel the moods change in the book – when we are learning about his love of gliding he is at his most relaxed. My library Help Advanced Book Search. I am also a bit sad that I cannot keep reading as I’m sure the next four years in the build up to World Cup will be a true journey also and where Richie should gain his second captain’s Cup Winning medal.

Secondly, how many punches need to be pulled in order to keep their careers sustainable with coaches and teammates? There is lots of remembering of rugby games in this book but I found it an easy and interesting read. He consistently praises teammates and singles out opponents he respects. You do get a sense of what drove McCaw to his achievements.

For this alone it was worth using my lunch hour to stand in a long, long queue. Two things would have made a huge difference to this book. I found this book truly exhilarating and it was a real page-turner.